Tottenham teen starlet clinging on to success at Under-17 World Cup

Felip Lesniak and his Slovakia side could be on the brink of elimination.

The FIFA Under-17 World Cup is currently under way in the United Arab Emirates, and the tournament that has previously unearthed gems such as Cesc Fabregas, Toni Kroos and Landon Donovan is sure to discover a few more for teams from the Premier League and around the globe to purr over.

In fact, in some cases, that is already the case.

There are four players playing at the tournament currently signed up to Premier League teams, and we are bringing you a little bit on each player you need to know about while the competition gets under way.

On this occasion, it is Tottenham Hotspur’s dynamic midfielder Felip Lesniak of Slovakia under the spotlight.

Lesniak signed for Spurs in July 2012 from MFK Kosice after impressing in trials at the club - and he impressed for the host nation at the European Under-17 Championship in May this year.

Lesniak was one of the star performers in the Slovakia side that made it to the semi-final of the competition at their first ever attempt - before losing to Italy 2-0.

A technically good player he comes from a footballing family, he models his game on former Tottenham star Luka Modric - and if he was to become half as good as the former Spurs midfield maestro he would have made it as a professional footballer.

But how has he been doing in the tournament?

Well, it started badly.

Slovakia looked out of their depth as Brazil swept them aside 6-1 in the opening game but they fought back with a strong performance against Honduras - with their star striker Tomas Vestenicky bagging two goals. However they lapsed in the final minute, and allowed Honduras to score an equaliser.

But yesterday Vestenicky struck again, bagging a brace to defeat the host nation UAE and give the Slovakians a chance of qualifying as a best placed third team - although they are clinging on dependant on other results.

The shame would be if they went out now, as with Lesniak at the centre of it all they finally clicked against UAE - passing their opponents off the park in a comfortable win.

Lesniak, for his part, has played every minute of the competition so far - and will be praying for the results that see him get a chance to continue on his adventure.

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