With only a few games remaining in the current season, the opportunity presents itself for managers to bed young talents into the senior team, handing them a rare start or offering them opportunities off the bench with the league championship wrapped up and knockout competition finals determined.
Mauricio Pochettino has boasted a rather young Tottenham Hotspur side over the course of the past few years, which has seen players such as Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez, Harry Winks and Ben Davies all grow from novices to club stalwarts between the ages of 20 and 25.
With a strong tradition in recent times of breeding and nurturing top quality youth players, we have selected three riding stars currently at Tottenham to keep and eye on in the coming seasons.
English-born USA international Cameron Carter-Vickers has spent the 2017/2018 campaign away on loan, initially joining Sheffield United before switching to Ipswich Town in January. Aged 20, the young defender has picked up valuable experience in the Championship, making 30 appearances so far between his loan sides.
The centre-back could have a big role to play next year if Toby Alderweireld is to leave the club. With Jan Vertonghen and fellow youngster Davinson Sanchez as the club’s other senior centre-halves with genuine experience, Carter-Vickers will find it tough to break into the starting XI but, having performed well on loan, his chances of some first-team exposure at Spurs is looking fairly likely.
On top of this, as an Academy graduate having spent seven years in the Tottenham youth set up, the club will always be looking to hand the twice-capped USA star a shot as a first-team player, which bodes well for the youngster and will be a chance he must seize with both hands.
Josh Onomah has spent the current campaign on loan at Championship promotion hopefuls Aston Villa, making around 30 league appearances for Steve Bruce’s side. The England under-21 international has a fair few Tottenham games under his belt already from previous seasons, picking up 19 and 12 appearances respectively in the last two seasons after his debut back in 2014/2015.
However, with the experience of a full season of games in a winning Championship side which could still end in a play-off victory, the 20-year-old has never been in better shape to make an impact at his parent club, and has proved himself to Pochettino over the course of the year to be a more than capable midfield man. If he is to make it at Spurs, his chance must come next season.
Tottenham fans will not know much about Juan Foyth, other than that he is a highly rated Argentine centre-back. The 6ft3in defender is a force to be reckoned with, and has picked up a number of Tottenham appearances in the domestic cup competitions over the course of the season. Having signed a five-year-contract, the 20-year-old should get his chance in the Premier League sooner rather than later, and will likely be bedded into the team at a similar pace to Carter-Vickers.
Having won a number of caps with Argentina under-20s, Foyth is a big prospect for the future, especially with Alderweireld’s future in the balance as mentioned above. With compatriot Pochettino as manager, the youngster will always stand a chance of success in North London.