Back in 2011 when I wrote my first piece for this site, I had suggested that Andros Townsend would be a player to watch after his display against an admittedly far weaker side in Charlton Athletic. That prophecy did look unlikely however as the winger endured a series of less than fruitful loan spells but his temporary stint at QPR finally helped the 22 year old to establish himself as a first team regular.
It’s always pleasing to see a home grown player break through into the senior squad and it’s a rare event at Spurs. But who, if anybody, is ready to join him?
Over at QPR, Tom Carroll has been quietly impressive although the 21 year old currently sits on the sidelines after picking up an injury on England duty. Tom has been part of QPR’s promotion push although many of us would have liked to see him on loan with a Premiership outfit.
Harry Kane has been featuring with Carroll for the Under 21s and took the headlines with a hat trick in a recent European Championship qualifier. The striker remains at Spurs for now but a loan deal later in the season looks likely.
Dropping down into League One and Alex Pritchard has scored two spectacular free kick goals for Mark Cooper’s Swindon Town. Pritchard is 21 now and has been establishing a reputation as a dead ball specialist but he has provided assists in open play for the Wiltshire club.
Meanwhile, Tottenham have announced that young midfielder Nabil Bentaleb has signed a new four year deal. We know little about him but the French-born player must be highly thought of by the coaching staff.
Then there’s Shaq Coulthirst, Jon Obika, Adam Smith and Ryan Mason – who has the capability to follow Andros Townsend and become a regular fixture at White Hart Lane?