Do the players coming through the ranks at Tottenham Hotspur have what it takes to beat those brought in by both Chelsea and Manchester City?
Much has been said about Tottenham Hotspur’s academy with a number of very promising young players coming through the ranks.
Some of those have already made the Spurs first-team, with Harry Kane the most notable but others such as Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb also becoming regulars under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
There is another wave hoping to follow suit, with Alex Pritchard, Harry Winks and Joshua Onomah just three of many. And then of course there are the young players Tottenham are bringing into the club from elsewhere, with Dele Alli and Eric Dier recently signed from MK Dons and Sporting Lisbon respectively.
But for all the promise of Tottenham’s next generation there is a reason for the club’s fans to be if not worried then certainly wary.
After all, despite their club’s surge to the FA Youth Cup semi-final it is the youngsters of Chelsea and Manchester City who are contesting the showpiece event. And these two clubs continue to sign and develop some of the best young talent Europe has to offer.
So for all Tottenham’s unpolished gems, there are plenty more at the two clubs who could dominate the English footballing landscape for years to come.
It is up to Tottenham’s next generation to ensure that does not happen, but it is something to take note of.
Yes, Spurs have a very promising crop of players coming through, but do they have what it takes to overcome the challenge of the financial behemoths of Chelsea and City and all the talent that inevitably entices?