COMMENT By Derek Smithson
Tottenham should consider sending three of their brightest talents out on loan next season to give them regular first-team experience.
Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett has revealed he is open to taking Spurs players on loan next year, with his connections at the club standing him in good stead.
Mauricio Pochettino has a highly competitive squad at his disposal and it’s unlikely that he can introduce a bunch of youth players to the first team next season.
Harry Kane is a shining example that the loan system can work very effectively as he has become the club’s talisman following spells at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester.
Here, Football Insider picks out three rising stars that Spurs should loan out to Portsmouth to give them crucial experience in League One.
Spurs winger Marcus Edwards is considered to be one of the best upcoming talents at the club and a spell away next season would be a very smart move by Pochettino. The 18-year-old has dazzled for the youth side in recent years and has one senior appearance under his belt. He is a skilful winger that has an eye for goal and currently represents England at the Under-19s level. A move to League One would help him toughen up and Spurs could track his progress in senior football very closely. Edwards is unlikely to force his way into contention for Pochettino’s side next year, with the likes of Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela stood in his way. However, he is certainly being tipped to be a future first-team star and that process could be sped up with a year at Portsmouth.
Defender Kyle Walker-Peters is slightly more developed than Edwards and the 20-year-old is in desperate need of regular football. The right-back is still awaiting for his first Spurs appearance and has the unfortunate task of being stuck behind Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier in the pecking order. However, he has been a success at youth level since rising through the academy and is recognised as an attack-minded full-back. He would surely relish the test of playing at Fratton Park and would have a fairer opportunity to compete for a starting XI position. The England Under-20 international has impressed for his nation and helped them win the Toulon Tournament, but now needs to show his qualities at club level.
Kazaiah Sterling is a prolific goalscorer for Spurs’ Under-18s team and is now ready to make the next step up. The 18-year-old is blessed with good pace and has also shown a great eye for goal recently. Kane is the perfect role model for Sterling to try replicate and a switch to Portsmouth could set him on his way. It is very different scoring goals at youth level to senior football, but Jackett would certainly be getting a talented youngster if Sterling move to Fratton Park.
In other Tottenham transfer news, they have made contact for an international midfielder.