Released by Tottenham, signed by Liverpool: What next for Kevin Stewart?

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Will Kevin Stewart earn a new deal at Liverpool after signing from Tottenham last summer?

It is the time of season where players whose contracts are running down will be looking closely at their futures, and one of these is likely to be Liverpool prospect Kevin Stewart.

Stewart was let go by Tottenham Hotspur last summer, and quickly signed by the Reds, with academy boss Alex Inglethorpe seeking out his signature.

The 21-year-old right-back told Liverpool's website it was a dream to sign with the club, but his long-term prospects are unclear.

He signed a one-year deal last July, and will be hoping he has done enough to convince the hierarchy at the club he is deserving of an extension.

How has this season gone?

Stewart has been involved in the Liverpool under-21 side, playing in 12 games so far this season. He also has one goal and one assist to his name, and was involved in the derby win against Everton's under-21 earlier this month.

He has also been loaned out to League Two side Cheltenham Town for a short stretch, playing in four games and scoring one goal.

What are the challenges?

One of the big challenges to Stewart is the fact he is 21, rather than 18 and having more chance to develop and he needs to be playing regular competitive football in order to kick on.

Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson is seemingly set to leave the club, unable to agree a new contract as report The Mail, but he is not the only player in his path.

Jon Flanagan when fit will become an important player, while Javier Manquillo is on loan for another season. Liverpool's current 3-5-2 formation also asks questions as to how suited he will be to play the position.

Will Inglethorpe heading up the academy he has a man in who has great faith in him, but a strong end to the season in the under-21s may be required in order to secure a stay at Anfield for an extra year and convince he is worthy of a first team opportunity. 

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