Samper, Espinosa and Masip - Who are the youngsters AVB scouted over the weekend?

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas was in Spain over the weekend watching a trio of Barcelona youngsters.

Sergi Samper, Javier Espinosa and Jordi Masip all featured for the Barcelona B team as they ground out a tight 1-0 win against Deportivo.

Tottenham have one of the best squads in the Premier League at the moment when it comes to a diverse range and mix of different players, old and young, experienced and inexperienced across different positions.

If you’re a Spurs fan, it’s encouraging to see the boss using the international break to go and watch targets and players who could increase the quality within the first team squad even further.

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Here’s a little more about the trio.

Sergi Samper

Samper is an 18-year-old holding midfield player who can play centrally or deeper, just in front of the back four.

He’s been at Barcelona his entire career and has already represented Spain at three different levels of football; Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18.

He joined the youth setup of the club aged just six-years-old and signed his first professional deal last May.

Javier Espinosa

Espinosa is older at 21-years-old and he has more experience with the Barcelona B team.

He’s a central midfielder and has played five times at youth level for Spain throughout his career. He was part of the Spanish Under-17 side that played at the 2009 World Cup.

He joined Barcelona at 13-years-old and he too has only ever represented the Catalan club.

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Jordi Masip

Masip is the Barcelona B team goalkeeper and someone Gerardo Martino will be keeping a close eye on considering the Victor Valdes situation at the Nou Camp.

Masip is 24-years-old and would probably come in to Tottenham as a back up option to Hugo Lloris should the club move to sign him.

He joined Barcelona from CE Mercantil and has also played for the Spanish Under-17 side.

What do you make of each of them? Who do you think would be the best investment?

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