COMMENT By Richard Parks
With Harry Kane setting new standards for goalscoring brilliance and Harry Winks nicely settled into Premier League midfield life like he was born for it, the focus is on the flourishing Tottenham academy.
Spurs are reaping the rewards of a successful youth set-up not only in terms of first-team results, but also in making the club considerable profit.
The internal production line has allowed Danny Rose to develop into England’s number one left-back and also kickstarted the careers of the likes of Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason (now sadly curtailed by injury), Tom Carroll and Andros Townsend, who were all sold for multi-million pound fees in the last two years.
With a manager in Mauricio Pochettino who has a stellar reputation for giving opportunities to the best home-grown talent, all eyes are now on the next generation of up-and-coming Tottenham stars.
Who can follow Kane and Winks from the academy into the first-team squad? Who has got what it really takes to be a Tottenham first teamer of the future?
Pochettino quietened the noise around Marcus Edwards by making the stunning revelation in his new book that the attacking midfielder must overcome serious “behavioural problems” if he is to make it as a professional, before sanctioning a January loan move to Championship outfit Norwich City.
Football Insider details three young guns with the jump on Edwards, who are destined for the first team sooner rather than later, including a 17-year-old whose composure makes Winks look like a bundle of nerves.
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