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29th Dec, 2016 | 12:15pm

One minute of Premier League football: Why this senior outcast must quit Tottenham

COMMENT By Matt Farr

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham look set to go into the new year in fifth-place, only narrowly adrift of north London rivals Arsenal in fourth.

The Tottenham boss may be looking to bring in a couple of players in the January transfer window to help Spurs meet their top-four ambitions for the end of the campaign.

However, some players may also have to leave White Hart Lane, including Tom Carroll.

The 24-year-old made a promising start to his career with Tottenham, but his progress has since stagnated, and at this senior stage of his career he has become to know the periphery too well.

He broke through as a regular feature in the Tottenham first-team last term, but has managed just one solitary minute of Premier League football this season, and the time has come for Carroll to seriously consider his future at the club.

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It’s not as though Pochettino doesn’t like playing academy graduates. Harry Winks has recently established a foothold in the first-team squad, while Joshua Onomah has also had a few opportunities, so the chances are there for Tottenham’s youngsters to shine – just not for Carroll, who can no longer really be considered in the upcoming youngster category.

In a bid to aid his development, Carroll has been sent out on loan on four occasions, most recently to Swansea in the 2014-15 season. However, with such a lack of appearances on his return to Tottenham and his career going nowhere, the whole four years out loan appears to have been a complete waste of time.

A typical box-to-box midfielder, Carroll has talent to offer. Unfortunately, Pochettino has a preference for more robust midfielders, such as Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele, so Carroll has found opportunities fewer and farer between.

The argument can be made that Carroll has simply failed to impress Pochettino, but there comes a time when the midfielder must realise that Tottenham is no longer the best fit for him.

Somewhere out there, there is a club dying for Carroll’s input. There is going to be a system that he will thrive in. It just isn’t White Hart Lane.

There is no doubt that he would be a nice fit for many Championship clubs next month, while a few of the Premier League’s bottom-end sides could offer him more first-team football.

Barring an injury crisis, Carroll is simply not going to add to his one minute of Premier League football in the new year, and must quit the club next month.

In other Tottenham transfer news, ex-Spurs midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has posted an amusing response on Twitter as Dele Alli falls short of this record.