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Rio Ferdinand delivers verdict on Tottenham youth players

By Emma Sanders

Rio Ferdinand has praised Tottenham’s academy and claims any young player in the ranks will believe they will get an opportunity to impress at some point.

The former Manchester United defender made the comments on BT Sport following Tottenham’s late 3-2 victory against West Ham on Saturday.

Harry Kane, an academy graduate, scored two late goals to seal victory for Spurs while another youth player Harry Winks also got his name on the scoresheet.

“The young players in the academy will be licking their lips thinking if I can produce in this setup I’m going to be given a chance,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“Then it’s up to them and that’s a great thing to have at a football club.”

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Kane joined the Spurs academy when he was let go by Arsenal and has since gone on to become the first team’s star player, scoring three goals in his last two appearances.

The 23-year-old made his debut on 25 August 2011 against Hearts in the Europa League, aged just 18, and has since gone on to make 90 league appearances, scoring 54 goals as well as becoming an important player for England.

Winks came onto the scene in 2014, when he made his debut during a 1-0 victory against Partizan in the Europa League and has already made nine appearances under Mauricio Pochettino this season.

His goal against West Ham was his first goal for the first team and it came during his first Premier League start for Tottenham in the dramatic victory.

In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has made a bold claim about Kane following his two goals in the West Ham victory.