Pre-season has not bheeen kind to Tottenham with a series of injuries and pro-longed holidays following the World Cup leaving Mauricio Pochettino with a severely depleted squad, but one positive has been the emergence of young midfielder Luke Amos.
The 21-year-old featured against AS Roma and also played the full 90 minutes against Barcelona in an impressive performance where he did not look out of place and relished the opportunity given to him.
A deep-lying midfielder, Amos has been highly rated for some time but has yet to make any kind of breakthrough into the Spurs first team, something that could now be on the horizon.
With injuries to the likes of Victor Wanyama and a delayed return for players like Dele Alli and Eric Dier, Amos may never have a better chance to secure a Premier League debut.
“It’s amazing to give the possibility to players like Luke Amos or Oliver Skipp, and they were fantastic. We need to take positive things. Luke and Oliver are having time in competition with the first team and I think that is an amazing experience and it’s fantastic for our youngsters to live that experience. We need to take positive things in a negative period with some injuries to players. The reality is that they’ve played against Roma and again tonight, fantastic. Luke has played the most.”
After loan spells at Southend United in League One and Stevenage Borough in League Two, Amos found his feet in the fourth tier in late 2017/18 and was a regular pick for Stevenage in midfield, starting 14 of the 16 games during his spell at the club and playing in the other two fixtures too, scoring twice in the process.
With that experience now under his belt, after a successful pre-season campaign playing alongside first team regulars, it could provide Amos with a chance to continue his development.
His contract is set to expire in 2019 so this season could well prove to be make or break for the youngster, but not even he would have dreamt that this pre-season would go so well for him.