By Harvey Byrne
Mauricio Pochettino has named seven academy players in the Tottenham squad for Friday’s friendly against Inter Milan.
The Spurs manager picked Luke Amos, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Marcus Edwards, Shayon Harrison, Luke McGee, Anton Walkes and Harry Winks to join the senior squad that left England on Thursday for the pre-season trip to Oslo.
The seven youngsters were selected ahead of senior players including Clinton N’Jie, Nabil Bentaleb, DeAndre Yedlin and Nacer Chadli, whose Spurs futures are now in considerable doubt.
The Argentine has built up a reputation of giving youth player a chance from his time in charge of Tottenham and Southampton.
The north London club announced on the club’s Twitter page the 24-man squad travelling to face the Serie A giants.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 4, 2016
It strongly suggests that Pochettino has the seven players in mind to train with the senior players this season with a view to a possible first-team call-up.
Winks, 20, received many plaudits from fans for his performances against European giants Atletico Madrid and Juventus, while 17-year-old Edwards has also turned some heads this summer and the Mail have reported that he’s agreed terms to a new contract.
Senior stars including Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane and Dele Alli have also returned to the squad following their Euro 2016 campaigns this summer.
Current Spurs star Alli won the PFA Young Player of the Year award last season under the 44-year-old Pochettino, while he has also helped to develop Eric Dier, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers.
In other Tottenham team news, Jan Vertonghen has returned to training following an ankle injury.