Report: Spurs youth Kenny McEvoy signs new contract

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The Tottenham winger could be given a chance in the first-team squad under Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham academy star Kenny McEvoy has reportedly extended his contract at White Hart Lane, after impressing Mauricio Pochettino in recent performances, according to quotes in the Irish Independent.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has earned his first bit of first-team football this season, with short loan spells at League One pair Peterborough United and Colchester United.

But it looks like the winger, who has been affectionately dubbed 'Baby Bale' as a result to similarities with former Spurs favourite Gareth Bale, has won the Argentine over with his performances for the club's Under-21 side.

McEvoy has scored in recent high profile reserve games against Manchester United and Nottingham Forest, and is positive about his Spurs futures having seen former youth teammates join the first team setup under the ex-Southampton boss.

"Less than two years ago, I was playing in the same team as Harry [Kane] and Ryan [Mason]," said the Waterford-born midfielder.

"They've had to be patient for their chance to come and so will I.

"Ryan Mason is only getting a regular run now and he's almost 24. Many of his loan moves didn't work out, same as Andros Townsend.

"Harry was always a natural goalscorer for the youth team we played together in but at a top Premier League club like Tottenham these days you have to wait your chance.

"The gaffer (Pochettino) saw me score against Notts Forest in an Under-21 game recently and has given me a new contract. That shows he must have belief in me."

Though there is no official word yet from the club, McEvoy's words about the recent Spurs graduates, especially Ryan Mason, should emphasise just how valuable the route from academy to first-team is at Premier League clubs.

Youngsters' determination to not just prove themselves, but also reach the very limit of their potential will be kindled by seeing 23-year-old former youth prodigies like Mason finally winning regular playing time in the English top flight.

Even if the likes of McEvoy don't quite make the grade at White Hart Lane, the players, and Spurs in the long run, will benefit from the confidence and determination they garner from having such a carrot dangled in front of them.

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