Many of Spurs youngsters have been given an important taste of first team action this season thanks to the opportunities presented by the Europa League. Out of those players, Tom Carroll has been made steady, if unspectacular contributions in the games he’s played but it raises the question as to what comes next.
Our next game in the group stages is against Rubin Kazan on the 20th October and with no reserve fixtures these days and friendlies at Spurs Lodge a bit thin on the ground, Tom faces a few weeks without football.
Spurs’ coach Tim Sherwood has however hinted at the club’s plans for the player: “He could possibly go out of loan but only at the right club.
“You don’t see Chelsea sending out McEachran to anyone. If we were going to send Tom out anywhere it has to be a Championship club, and one who passes it, so that narrows it down to about two.”
While the Europa League has been useful for giving these players a start in their senior Spurs career, would a player such as Tom Carroll benefit more at this stage by playing week in week out in the second tier of English football?