Pochettino names Tottenham wonderkid striker in squad for Gillingham clash - report
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Shayon Harrison has 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 Monday night that the striker, 19, is in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad for the White Hart Lane fixture.
It is said that Harrison will be in the matchday 18 against the League One club in what would be his first involvement with the senior team.
I’m told Shayon Harrison is in the squad for the first-team game on Wednesday.
— Tottenham Academy (@thfcacademy) September 19, 2016
Harrison has a growing reputation on the back of his displays for Tottenham Under-23s, for whom he has scored four goals in five matches this season and 13 in 24 games in total.
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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 Spurs wonderkid Marcus 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.