Five young Spurs players to watch in 2014

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Tottenham Hotspur have a wealth of young talent at the club and they could be set for a promising 2014.

Despite spending over £100 million in the summer, Tim Sherwood still believes there is a good bunch of young players who can force their way into the Tottenham team. Not many have come through the ranks in recent years, with perhaps Jake Livermore, and Steven Caulker the only ones to make much of an impact.

Here are five players at the club, who could make the breakthrough in the next year.

Nabil Bentaleb
Midfielder
19

Bentaleb was surprisingly handed a place on the bench for Tottenham Hotspur's match against Southampton on the 22nd December. Sherwood clearly wanted to make his mark with his team selection and the inclusion of Bentaleb showed this, even more so when he was brought on after 50 minutes. Sherwood hailed his performance in the victory. Having started out at Lille, he moved to Belgian side Mouscron and then had a trial at Birmingham City. He signed with Spurs in January 2012, all this before he was even 18. The Spurs management have praised him for his work ethic, attitude and determination.

Souleymane Coulibaly
Striker
18

Souleymane Coulibaly is tipped to be the next Didier Drogba and already has a fantastic goal record for the Ivory Coast Under-17's. He has scored ten goals in seven games at that level and came to prominence at the Under-17 World Cup in 2011. Spurs beat off competition from Real Madrid and Manchester United for his signature. At the back end of last season he joined Serie B side Grosseto on loan and scored twice in 12 games. Not quite the same build as Drogba yet, he is only 5 ft 7, but has bags of pace.

Ryan Fredericks
Midfielder
19

Another player to feature on the bench for the club in the game against Southampton. Unlike Bentaleb, he impressed as a substitute in the Europa League at right-back. He also has experience from a spell out on loan at Brentford, playing five games for them last season before he was recalled. Able to play on both flanks and could be near to making his league debut for Spurs in the coming months.

Adam Smith
Defender
22

Perhaps not considered 'young' anymore as he has been waiting for his chance at the club for a long time now. He has played for them once in the league after coming on as a substitute for Younes Kaboul in the 2011-2012 season, but will find it hard to displace Kyle Walker. Has a great deal of experience in the football league following seven loan spells. His most recent one was at Derby County, and in a game against Millwall (his previous loan club) he was the subject of thrown bottles and coins. He then lost his place to Andre Wisdom and was recalled. Picked up eleven caps for England Under-21's and is more than capable to fill in for Walker. Perhaps he could solve the current left-back problem as well.

Tom Carroll
Midfielder
21

Currently enjoying a spell at Queens Park Rangers under former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp. The manager has praised his performances for the Championship side, and has drawn comparisons with Luka Modric in the past. He has a great deal of competition at QPR with many experienced midfielders at the club. Surrounding himself with players like Joey Barton, Gary O'Neil, Karl Henry, and Shaun Wright-Phillips will be great for his development. Another to have won caps for the England Under-21's and also made 14 appearances in all competitions for Spurs last season.

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