Five Tottenham Hotspur youngsters who could break into the first team next year

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Although they lost in the final of the u21 Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur’s youngsters have had a fine season, and some will no doubt have their eye on a senior place next season.

Here are five...

Alex Pritchard

The 20 year old attacking midfielder has caught the eye with a series of excellent displays in Spurs youth teams in the u21 Premier League and in the NextGen series. Pritchard went on loan to Peterborough in the second half of the season, and although injury limited his appearances there, he did impress when on the pitch. At one stage it looked like Liverpool might try and pinch him away from Spurs, but a new contract suggests that Andre Villas-Boas might have Pritchard in mind for the senior squad next year.

Andros Townsend

Having shone out on loan at QPR in the second half of the season, Townsend has proven himself ready to play regularly in the Premier League, and Spurs must give him a chance to impress in their team next year. Townsend can cover on either wing, an area Spurs have needed depth in with Aaron Lennon’s injury problems and Gareth Bale’s move into the middle of their attack, and it would be very surprising if Townsend is not used by Villas-Boas next season.

Tom Carroll

Carroll has seemed on the brink of a major breakthrough at Spurs for most of the season, and having made a handful of first appearances this year it has been an excellent year for the 20 year old. However next season another step up is on the cards, with Carroll’s ease in possession and eye for a pass something that Spurs could use in the middle of the park. Competition will be fierce in his position, but Carroll should perhaps move above Jake Livermore, Scott Parker and Tom Huddlestone in the pecking order this summer, and be given an opportunity in the first team.

Shaquile Coulthirst

The 18 year old striker has had a superb year in Spurs’ youth teams, with the standout moment undoubtedly his hat trick away at Barcelona in the NextGen series. Coulthirst has made the bench a couple of times for the senior side, and should be given more of a chance to impress in some cup competitions next year, as well as continuing his development in the academy sides.

Christian Ceballos

The former Barcelona youngster has been finding the net consistently in Spurs youth sides all season, and at 20, could be reaching the point where he needs to be handed a senior chance if he is ever going to make the step up at Spurs. Ceballos has a huge amount of potential, and it would be unwise for Spurs to let him leave without ever seeing if he could cut it in their first team.

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