Taking a closer look at some of Tottenham Hotspur's young prospects.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was recently speaking to the Express about his hopes for next season, citing the Europa League as an important competition in which to give young players a chance.
Tottenham are currently fighting the likes of Liverpool and Southampton for a fifth-place finish, and while some fans see the competition as a hindrance, the Spurs boss clearly sees the advantages.
“It was good for us because we gave opportunities to different players to play and compete during the season,” the Tottenham manager said.
“This is our objective, our challenge, to bring young players from the academy; if they deserve to play, why not?”
So who exactly could get a chance if Tottenham qualify for Europe? Here we take a look at five candidates:
Harry Winks made his senior Tottenham debut in last season’s Europa League, coming on for the final three minutes against Partizan Belgrade.
The 19-year-old is highly regarded at the club and will be expected to push on next season, with this competition (should Spurs get there) giving him the perfect chance to impress.
Josh Onomah made the bench for Tottenham in this season’s Europa League so what better competition to continue his development a year on.
The 18-year-old attacking midfielder’s senior debut actually came in the FA Cup tie with Burnley and along with Winks he could really step up next season.
He may only be 17 but he has shone both for the youth side and the under-21s recently and a stint in Europe could be the next step.
It remains to be seen what this summer has in store for midfielder Grant Ward, but if he is still at White Hart Lane next season, expect him to get his chances if his side qualify for Europe.
After a successful loan spell at Coventry City, the 20-year-old will have the wind at his sails and this competition could fast-track him into Pochettino’s long-term plans.
While the £5million January signing from MK Dons is a wonderfully talented young player, he may still struggle to start regularly in the Premier League so soon after arriving.
While the midfielder will get chances to impress in the top flight, the Europa League could be his first chance to get a series of starts under his belt in Tottenham colours.