Tottenham Hotspur’s Under-21 side were one of the best in England last season, competing up against the likes of Liverpool’s impressive Development Squad and Manchester United’s title winning side.
There are several youngsters who have been retained by the club for another season but few are more interesting than Nabil Bentaleb and Cristian Ceballos who could both be fighting for a first team place next season.
Bentaleb scored four goals in 12 matches for the Under-21 side and also produced three assists from midfield.
His chances of breaking into the team under Andre Villas-Boas are considerably harder because he’s a midfielder and that’s not an area where Spurs are short of players at the moment.
He could get a chance in one of the lower profile competitions for the club such as the League Cup or the early rounds of the Europa League.
If that happens then he needs to play with the same sort of dominance and authority which he showed in big Under-21 games last season, such as Tottenham’s narrow in over Arsenal at Barnet.
That was an occasion which allowed him to show his potential to a bumper, and predominantly Tottenham, crowd which is what has made him a name on the tongue of many Tottenham supporters since.
Ceballos is a slightly more mature player at 20-years-old and he plays in a position, central attack, where Tottenham are lacking in numbers at the moment.
His record last season was superb with 11 goals and seven assists from all matches. He was also only used as a sub on one occasion which shows how consistent and prolific he can be in the attack of any team he plays for.
His route into the Tottenham first team will more than likely be the same as Bentaleb’s with AVB unlikely to take a chance on him during the early season Premier League games.
He also has a big task on his hands in terms of getting into the Spanish Under-21 side and if he somehow manages to do that, it will be another indication to Tottenham that he’s ready to play under the biggest pressure.
He’s a goalscorer and someone who has shown he can hit the back of the net frequently.
Who would you rather see in the team next season? Is there another youngster who should be ahead of them both?
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