Can the teen who slayed Barcelona take his Tottenham chance this evening?

Shaquile Coulthirst scored a hat-trick v Barcelona last season. Can he take his chance v Tromso this evening?

If there is one area, for the second season in a row, where Tottenham look like they need a saviour it is up front.

Roberto Soldado has struggled to live up to his massive price-tag, Jermain Defoe remains inconsistent but equally untried by Andre Villas-Boas as Emmanuel Adebayor returned against Manchester City, did very little, and got injured.

With young striker Harry Kane also out with an injury AVB only has two front-line striking options fit for the game with Tromso this evening.

However, with Spurs through, this is not too much of an issue, and AVB has ignored the speculation over his future - and decided to take an experimental team to the Arctic Circle as Spurs are already guaranteed a place in the next round of the competition regardless.

Talents such as defensive midfielder Laste Dombaxe, winger Ryan Fredericks and Gareth Bale-lookalike Kenneth McEvoy all travel with the squad - as does striker Shaquile Coulthirst.

Last year I had the pleasure of following the NextGen Series for the site - and Coulthirst was one of the stars of the competition.

Undoubtedly his biggest moment came in the Mini Estadi - where he bagged a hat-trick within the hour in a 4-1 win against the overwhelming favourites from La Masia.

After Spurs had put Barca to the sword he and Alex Pritchard were even linked with moves to Spain in some papers - such was the brilliance of that performance.

Hackney born Coulthirst will see an opportunity when it is presented to him - and this is certainly one. With Defoe reportedly set to join Toronto FC in January and AVB stating the club have no plans to buy another striker there is certainly at least an outside chance of making it into the first-team this season.

He may be unlikely to start tonight - but should Tottenham take a comfortable lead he might just get his chance to shine in the first-team, a chance he will be looking to take with open arms.

Even if it just means getting the attention in interested loan parties a performance tonight could do wonders for the rest of his career.

And it would also lighten the mood around a gloomy Hotspur Way, if this home-grown hero came good in the icy cold of Northern Europe.

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