Sport TV – The next wave of Spurs academy stars tipped to follow Skipp into the first team

Sport TV –  The next wave of Spurs academy stars tipped to follow Skipp into the first team

 Mauricio Pochettino has developed a reputation for bring young players through into the first team over the years at Espanyol, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur  At Spurs alone, the Argentine has handed 15 players from the academy their senior debut since he arrived at Tottenham in May 2014 That’s no to mention the part he played in helping to develop academy graduates such as Harry Kane and Harry Winks as well as Andros Townsend and Nabil Bentaleb who have enjoyed top fight careers elsewhere since  This season, Oliver Skipp, Luke Amos, George Marsh and TJ Eyoma have all broken through into Pochettino’s plans while Kaziah Sterling made his FA Cup debut last month  When Spurs make their transfer decisions, academy head John McDermott is part of the four-man transfer committee that helps them decide on targets and whether there is a player in the academy ready to step up into the first team Pochettino and McDermott speak most days about first team and academy matters.  But who else is in the pipeline to follow in the footsteps of Kane, Winks, Kyle Walker-Peters and 18-year-old Skipp to save Spurs millions in the transfer market?  Here are the promising youngsters are starting to make strides in Tottenham’s development squad:  Goalkeeper  The main challenger here is Alfie Whiteman The 20-year-old has been on the bench a couple of times for the first team and Pochettino will have a decision to make this summer  Michel Vorm’s contract is up at the end of June and Pochettino will rely on the advice of goalkeeping coach Toni Jiminez as to whether Whiteman is ready to step up to be third choice behind Hugo Lloris and Paulo Gazzaniga    The young keeper is yet to play a minute of competitive senior football, but he would free up a foreign player spot in the club’s European squad  Behind him in the development squad is another 20-year-old in Brandon Austin, a talented shot stopper who still needs to work on his all round game Due to Whiteman’s involvement with the first team it’s Austin who plays most of the U23 matches  Defence  In central defence, Spurs have a few decent prospects. The versatile Eyoma has jumped to the top of the pile with his debut this season and showings on the pre-season US tour in the summer  England youth international Japhet Tanganga is a powerful presence in the backline and appeared in the first team pre-season friendly against Girona  Towering 19-year-old Jonathan Dinzeyi has been a near ever-present for the development squad in recent seasons and coming through are the talented 16-year-old Malachi Walcott, 17-year-old Luis Binks and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, who turned 18 in December    In the full-back slots there is less to pick from in terms of players who might be ready to step up Winger Anthony Georgiou was having to play at left-back on a number of occasions this season before his loan move to Levante B  Eighteen-year-old Tariq Hinds has impressed though this year and can play on either side, much like Kyle Walker-Peters He had played mostly on the right during this campaign.  However, with Totteham’s current numbers of full-backs in the first team it will be a tough area to break into  Midfield  This is an area where Spurs have plenty of talented players in their development squad, but it’s also an area of the first team that has plenty of bodies  In terms of defensive midfielders, now Skipp has stepped up to the first team, Jamie Bowden and Harvey White, both 17, have stepped into the holding roles and have impressed  Further forward, Paris Maghoma, also 17, has been a real creative force for the U23s this season and has trained with the first team this season, while Jack Roles has once again been banging in the goals from midfield    One of the academy’s most prolific scorers, despite his midfield role, Roles turns 20 later this month and for some reason has not been able to break into Pochettino’s thoughts His contract ends this summer and it will be interesting to see whether the club look to extend it or risk letting him move elsewhere  Tashan Oakley-Boothe is starting to get back to the levels that earned him a pre-season tour call up in 2017 and his senior debut in the Carabao Cup later that year  Eighteen-year-old Armando Shashoua, younger brother of Samuel Shashoua who is currently impressing on loan at CD Atlético Baleares, can also be a creative player on his day  Down the flanks, Spurs have some exciting talents coming through. J’Neil Bennett, 17, has pace to burn and knows where the goal is, while Dilan Markanday, also 17, boasts a dribbling style similar to Marcus Edwards’ with his low centre of gravity  Strikers  One name immediately leaps out here and that’s Troy Parrott. The Irishman turned 17 this week and signed his first professional deal with the club  He has been training with the first team regularly this season, although the failure to sell Vincent Janssen last month and his subsequent return to the first team set-up means Parrott is likely to have to wait until next season to make his debut now unless an opportunity arises in the final weeks of the season or there is an injury crisis  However, next season could see the talented striker make his breakthrough after impressing Pochettino and the first team players  Sterling has left for Sunderland on loan and will again be able to press his claims in the summer, while Shayon Harrison has left for Melbourne in what could signal the end of his Tottenham career Behind Parrott and Sterling in the queue is Rodel Richards, 18, who can also play out wide and has been among the goals this season  Keep up to date with the latest Tottenham Hotspur news, features and exclusives from football london via our free WhatsApp service.   Text NEWS to 07776197989 and then add the number to your phone contacts book as spurs dot london (case sensitive, with spaces) to receive daily updates and breaking news from Alasdair Gold and the team on Spurs    Your phone number won’t be shared with any other members of the group. 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