17-year-old fast-tracked into Tottenham team to face Barnsley
By Harry Sykes
Teenager Tashan Oakley will play for Tottenham in their League Cup clash against Barnsley on Tuesday night.
The midfielder, 17, is set to be fast-tracked into the Spurs team to make his debut at Wembley as manager Mauricio Pochettino prepares to ring the changes following Saturday’s draw against Swansea.
Tottenham journalist Ben Pearce reported on Pochettino’s media briefing on Monday in which the Argentine suggested that Fernando Llorente will be named in the starting line-up for the first time since his summer transfer from Swansea.
Oakley-Boothe is also in line to play against the Championship outfit but there will be no place in the squad for another highly-rated youngster at White Hart Lane, Marcus Edwards.
#thfc Pochettino suggests Llorente is likely to start and that Tashan Oakley-Boothe will be involved, but says Marcus Edwards won’t be.
— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) September 18, 2017
Pochettino is ready to give Oakley-Boothe a chance to stake a claim for a first-team spot this season despite his tender.
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The England Under-17 international is yet to make his senior debut but was on the substitute’s bench for Tottenham in their 1-1 draw against Burnley at Wembley last month after a knee injury ruled out Victor Wanyama.
Oakley-Boothe, who can play as a holding midfielder or a box to box role, also figured for Spurs on their pre-season tour of the USA.
Pochettino is happy to give younger players their chance and has showed in the past that youth is no barrier to a place in his teams.
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