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By Aramide Oladipo

Swansea manager Paul Clement has claimed that midfielder Tom Carroll was highly rated by his former club Tottenham. 

Carroll was an academy graduate at White Hart Lane but he joined Swansea in the recent January transfer window on a permanent deal.

The former England Under-21 international made his full Tottenham debut in the 2011-12 campaign and he went on to make 56 appearances for the London club, scoring three goals.

Speaking to the official Tottenham website ahead of Wednesday night’s clash, Clement revealed that Carroll cannot wait to face his former side and explained why he needed to leave.

“He was at Tottenham from the age of eight I think, so I am sure he is really looking forward to the game,” he said.

“Tom is a good player. I think Tottenham thought he was a good player – he played a lot of games there. But I think it was the right time for him to come and play more regularly, and he is certainly making good progress here.”

Carroll has started nine Premier League matches for Swansea since his move to Wales but he has still not found himself on the scoresheet for his new club.

The Swans are only one point ahead of the relegation zone going into this midweek fixture and with fellow strugglers Hull and Middlesborough both in action on the same night, they cannot afford to drop points.

Meanwhile, Spurs are looking to close the gap on league leaders Chelsea, who face a difficult match at Stamford Bridge as they take on Manchester City.

Tottenham have won their last five matches in all competitions and Swansea have never beaten Spurs in the Premier League, losing nine of their previous eleven meetings.

In other Tottenham news, Christian Eriksen delivers his verdict on Tottenham’s title chances this season.

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