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Tottenham's Jack Roles has one chance to impress Mauricio Pochettino this season
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Tottenham's Jack Roles has one chance to impress Mauricio Pochettino this season

Jack Roles has been in magnificent form for Tottenham under 23s this season and looked to be closing in on a first team debut but his chances may now be running out following elimination from the Checkatrade Trophy.

Defeat to Oxford United, in which Roles played the full 90 minutes in a holding midfield role, has eliminated the opportunity to impress first team coach Mauricio Pochettino in senior competition.

The 19-year-old has scored six goals and provided five assists in 21 appearances and has certainly caught the eye in his first full season as first choice at the under 23 level.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 11: Arnau Tenas of Barcelona saves a shot from Jack Roles of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Youth League Group B match between FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur at Mini Estadi on December 11, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

As opportunities run out, an FA Cup third round tie against Tranmere Rovers may be Roles’ best shot at a first team debut this season with Pochettino likely to rotate his squad heavily.

Having watched the likes of Luke Amos and Oliver Skipp break through already this season, whilst other youngsters like Kyle Walker-Peters have continued to build on previous debuts, will provide plenty of motivation for the midfielder.

Roles may not have another chance this season, but if it is to come then it will be in early January when a run-out on Merseyside could give him a landmark moment in his progress.

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