Three Spurs youngsters who could be next season's Kane and Mason

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

The Tottenham midfield is set to swell with homegrown players next year as talented youngsters out on loan return to White Hart Lane.

Much has been made of Tottenham's impressive contribution from homegrown talent in recent seasons, with their academy one of the best in the Premier League at identifying, recruiting and developing young English talent.

While Andros Townsend emerged last season, with fellow academy graduates Steven Caulker and Jake Livermore emerging a couple of seasons before that ahead of big money moves away, it is this campaign that has seen three players come through and seize regular starting roles in Mauricio Pochettino's first choice line-up.

Harry Kane and Ryan Mason made significant steps up in class to find themselves on the cusp of the England squad, while Nabil Bentaleb built on his promising appearances under Tim Sherwood to suggest he could be one of the top African midfielders in the coming years.

But if Spurs fans are delighted with who have emerged from their academy, things could be even better next season, with three more young midfielders sure to be in and around the starting line-up once they return from impressive loan spells, two of whom were also cultivated in North London.

Tom Carroll - Long heralded as the future of Tottenham's midfield, Carroll has been slowly earning minutes at Swansea City, and won the club's Player of the Month award for his performances in January. The summer will be an important time for Carroll to impress Pochettino, and seeing as he is the oldest of the midfielders out on loan, he may find it tough to get amongst the places. But he only has to look at Mason, who didn't make his debut until he was 23 years old, to know it's not impossible.

Dele Alli - Not a Spurs youngster, but still one of England's top midfield prospects, Alli has been making giant waves in League One as hometown club MK Dons challenge for the title. The 18-year-old could be the goalscoring central midfielder everyone hoped Paulinho was going to be. Tall, powerful and athletic, and with a real eye for goal, he could be one to watch next year if he gets given a chance. The Dons will be hoping a recent injury won't keep him out too long. 

Alex Pritchard - One of the most exciting young players on Tottenham's books, Pritchard stood out last season while on loan at Swindon, and this year stepped up to Championship level in Brentford's impressive promotion push where he has seven goals and six assists. An attacking midfielder, who possesses a mean free-kick, he may be given a chance as Christian Eriksen's understudy, and could pick few players better suited to tutor his undoubted talent.

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