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Three rising stars from Tottenham to look out for next season

Ruari Macneil



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.

Cameron Carter-Vickers

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

Josh Onomah

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.

Juan Foyth

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.

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Abdoulaye Doucoure could be the ideal successor for Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele

The France Under-21 international has enjoyed a fine season.

Josh Kerr



Abdoulaye Doucoure
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Watford‘s Abdoulaye Doucoure has enjoyed an impressive season at Vicarage Road and the versatile midfielder could prove to be an ideal signing for Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

According to the Mirror, Mauricio Pochettino is ready to listen to offers for the likes of Mousa Dembele, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Moussa Sissoko.

Dembele was one of the names shortlisted and has been a revelation in his six years at the club.

Many Spurs players, including Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Eric Dier stated in Soccer AM interviews that they believe the 30-year-old midfielder to be the best player at the club.

However, Dembele is one of the stars linked with a departure from the Lilywhites so a replacement for the Belgian will be a vital priority for Pochettino this summer. Doucoure could be the perfect man for the job.

The 25-year-old has been the Hornets’ stand-out player this season and has consistently demonstrated that he is capable of playing at the highest level.

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Usually a holding midfielder, he is best known for his intricate array of passing in the middle of the park and his ability to break up play.

These traits match the qualities Dembele possesses and, therefore, he would prove a smart signing for Spurs.

The Frenchman also boasts an impressive tally in front of goal with seven goals and four assists in the league this season.

According to The Sun, Doucoure has been a previous target for Spurs, and the potential departure of Dembele gives Pochettino a greater incentive to find a replacement for the Belgium midfielder.

The France Under-21 international has two years remaining on his contract at Vicarage Road and is valued at £40 million.

The midfielder has been a goalscoring threat in a Watford side that has struggled to find consistency all season.

A move to one of the top-six would allow Doucoure to take his qualities to the next level and should definitely be a name the Lilywhites are monitoring over the summer period.

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After injury-stricken season, new Tottenham contract offers hope for Harry Winks

The 22-year-old put pen to paper on a new deal at White Hart Lane.

Max Cohen



Harry Winks
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This week began with deflating news for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks.

On Wednesday, England’s World Cup squad was announced, with Winks missing out due to injury – a saddening sight as many believed he would have been a key player if fully fit.

But, just a day later, the 22-year-old was handed a massive boost when he signed a new five-year contract for Spurs.

The deal offers much-needed hope to a player who has endured a horrid 12 months, revealing that Mauricio Pochettino firmly believes in the central midfielder despite his recent injury woes.

Winks’ heartbreak began on 1 April 2017, when the youngster was stretchered off before half-time in Tottenham’s clash away at Burnley.

The right ankle injury ruled out Winks for the closing stages of the 2016/17 campaign, and the Englishman hoped to return rejuvenated for the following season.

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Initially, it seemed as the creative midfielder had overcome the ankle pain, as Winks starred in a  number of Spurs’ high-profile matches in the fall.

Impressing in Tottenham’s famous Champions League wins over Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, he was rewarded with an England call-up in October.

Yet, in a league match against Palace the following month, he was forced off at half-time due to a recurrence of the ankle injury.

After that point, Winks’ season was never the same. Limited to just a handful of FA Cup appearances in 2018, Winks last played in the Premier League on Boxing Day.

The midfielder is now set to undergo ankle surgery this week, hoping that next season he can finally start anew and recapture his top form.

Now that Winks has a stable long-term future at the club, his rehabilitation process will be filled with far less stress and apprehension.

Mauricio Pochettino views the 22-year-old as integral to his future plans at White Hart Lane, and the boost of an extended contract is brilliant news for the England international’s fledgling career.

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How Twitter reacted to Tottenham being linked with the next Andres Iniesta



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Few Tottenham fans may have been aware of Barcelona starlet Riqui Puig a little over 24 hours ago, but now he is the name on many Spurs fans’ lips.

Spanish newspaper SPORT say that the London club are in pole position to seal a deal for the teenager when his contract expires this summer, with Mauricio Pochettino among his chief admirers at the club.

An attacking minded playmaker in central midfield, Puig has been compared to Andres Iniesta and Philippe Coutinho for his ability to transition play from defence to attack.

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As soon as news of Tottenham’s reported interest broke, fans took to Twitter to express their lack of knowledge of his skills or, alternatively, show off what they did know.

Perhaps unsurprisingly as one of La Masia’s top talents, Barcelona fans also reacted to the news with outrage and fury at what they perceived to be mismanagement of one of the brightest talents to come through the ranks at Camp Nou in a decade.

He may be young and lack the huge transfer fee of other players being linked with the Lilywhites this summer, but Puig has certainly got Tottenham fans excited.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news:

The highlights reel was already making an appearance…

Yet some had other concerns…

And some confessed that they didn’t have a clue…

Whilst others pretended they did…

And experts had their say…

And Barcelona fans certainly weren’t happy…


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