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Tottenham striker Coulthirst makes breakthrough, scoring first goal since September

Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shaquile Coulthirst has ended his Southend goal drought.

Shaquille Coulthirst scored his first senior goal in three months to get his 2015 off to a positive start.

The Tottenham Hotspur loanee struggled early on at Southend United, but at least scored twice in his opening 10 games.

The last of these strikes came back on September 13, and the 20-year-old has had an even worse time since.

While fully fit, he had fallen out of favour, and even returned for Spurs to play in an under-21 game in December, in which he scored twice against Manchester City.

If the idea was to get his confidence up it may have worked, for he was given an opportunity this weekend in the League Two clash with Northampton.

With both sides out of the FA Cup, Coulthirst netted from close range in the second half to earn a 1-1 draw.

The 83 minutes before his substitution was the longest period he had played for the club since October 4, and he will hope this can be the start of a better year ahead.

Previously hailed as a breakout star at Tottenham, his struggles in League Two do not reflect well on that. If he can earn regular playing time and continue finding the scoresheet, he will at least give himself a chance of one day replicating fellow academy graduate Harry Kane.

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