From a first team debut at Anfield in the League Cup, things haven’t gone exactly according to plan for Shayon Harrison.
The young striker is highly rated within the Tottenham set up since his rise through the academy, having frequently joined the first team as Mauricio Pochettino has kept a close eye on his development, as Bleacher Report make clear.
However, over the last 18 months Pochettino has allowed him out on loan, a step which Spurs have been reluctant to take when introducing young players into his squad. And it’s fair to say that Harrison has not lived up to expectations.
After leaving his role as a scout for Tottenham and taking up the hot seat at Southend United, one of Chris Powell’s first moves was to bring Harrison in on loan to add firepower in attack. Unfortunately for all involved, that is the biggest compliment that can be paid from his time on the Essex riviera.
Last season, Harrison spent the second half of the season in League Two with Yeovil, scoring once in 14 games and struggling with the physicality of lower league football.
A year later, the same has been the case in League One. In 12 appearances, five of them from the start, Harrison has failed to nail down a regular spot in the side, let alone score a goal.
Powell has repeatedly given Harrison the chance to impress in a number of different positions on either flank, as a number 10 and as a centre forward, though perhaps that inconsistency has made life harder for the youngster.
His fine technical ability and neat footwork shows glimpses of why he has progressed through the ranks in such a way, but he lacks both the physicality and the intelligence on the ball to put everything together.
With such little depth in attack in the first team squad, some may have expected Harrison, who will turn 21 in the summer, to be ready to provide support to the likes of Harry Kane. If his loan spell is anything to go by, he’s unlikely to ever reach such heights.
The last striker to move to Southend on loan from Tottenham was Shaquille Coulthirst, another promising youngster who failed to make the grade and is now at Barnet. To date, Harrison looks more of a Coulthirst than a Kane.