Tottenham are set to open talks over a new contract with young midfielder Luke Amos after an impressive pre-season, according to Sky Sports.
Amos was one of a group of youngsters included in Spurs’ first-team squad during the pre-season tour of the USA, which included victories over AS Roma and AC Milan either side of a draw with Barcelona.
The 21-year-old was particularly impressive against Roma, holding his own in the 4-1 win while Fernando Llorente and Lucas Moura bagged a brace each.
As a result of his fine displays, Sky Sports claims new contract talks are pencilled in for when the squad returns to the Tottenham training ground.
Spurs are short on midfielders ahead of next week’s Premier League opener at Newcastle United.
Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele are late returners after reaching the World Cup semi-finals with England and Belgium respectively, while Victor Wanyama picked up a knee injury in America.
Amos, who could be handed an opportunity to start against Newcastle, has spoken of his intention to emulate Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.
“I like to watch a lot of midfielders,” Amos said (via Sky Sports). “As a child, I liked Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta, but now when I see how amazing Kante’s been, I love to watch Kante and see all the plaudits he’s getting.
“In the past, players [like him] didn’t get that, so to see all the praise he’s getting is really good. I love his all-round game – his energy, running, tackling, passing. He’s taken the defensive midfield or box-to-box midfield role to a new level with his energy. If I can be anything like that, then I’ll be a good player.
“I’m more a box-to-box, defensive-minded. I’m not a No.10. I’m not a tricky winger. I focus on running, passing, getting on the ball, making things happen, stopping things. They’re things Kante does as well.”