Pochettino calls up two emerging stars into Tottenham squad for Gillingham clash - report
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Marcus Edwards and Anton Walkes have been called into the Tottenham squad for their EFL Cup clash against Gillingham on Wednesday, according to a report.
The unofficial Tottenham academy Twitter account claimed on Tuesday night that playmaker Edwards, 17, and versatile midfielder Walkes, 19, are in Mauricio Pochettino’s provisional 25-man roster for the White Hart Lane fixture.
It is said that Shayon Harrison, 19, was also due to be in the squad against the League One club in what would be his first involvement with the senior team.
But the teenage striker has missed out due to injury and will have to wait for the chance of his first senior action.
Harrison was due to be in the squad but is now injured. Walkes & Edwards are in a provisional 25 man squad. https://t.co/IfhQ8KEYMK
— Tottenham Academy (@thfcacademy) September 20, 2016
Like Harrison, Edwards and Walkes have yet to make their debuts for the first team but have now been given hope of run-out on Wednesday night.
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Spurs have earned a reputation for producing and developing some of the best young talents in England in recent seasons.
Kane, Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll, Josh Onomah, Danny Rose and Crystal Palace summer signing Andros Townsend all graduated from the Tottenham academy into the first-team squad, while Eric Dier and Dele Alli have taken huge strides in a very short time at White Hart Lane.
Pochettino has insisted that there is plenty more talent in the age-group teams capable of breaking into the senior side in the future.
“We have younger players that train with us like Shayon and, in behind him, Sterling and different players,” said Pochettino in February. “We have to believe in the younger players because for our future they will be very important players.”
The Tottenham academy Twitter account has developed a reputation for breaking stories, revealing in July that Edwards had signed a new contract with the club.
In other Tottenham news, a report has provided a Harry Kane injury update after two Monday scans.