Tom Carroll sets target for next season after shining on Spurs tour

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After playing his part in Swansea's impressive Premier League campaign, Carroll has one thing on his mind for next season after returning to Tottenham.

Tottenham midfelder Tom Carroll hopes his performances on the club's tour of Malaysia and Australia will help him stake a claim in Mauricio Pochettino's first team plans next season, according to comments in the Mail.

The 23-year-old wasted no time settling back into Spurs colours by assisting both goals for talisman Harry Kane in the 2-1 win over a Malaysia XI.

Carroll and Kane are a duo that have come up together through the Spurs youth teams, though with the midfielder's recent loans to QPR and Swansea, they've had little chance to impress in the first team.

But the pair showed there is lasting chemistry there, as Carroll first smashed a shot onto the post after superb work from Christian Eriksen, with Kane following up to fire home, before the two young Englishmen linked up superbly to set up the striker's winner.

“It’s good to get back involved with the lads and I’m happy to play a part in both the goals by grabbing a couple of assists,” the returning Carroll told the Spurs website. “You know when Harry gets a chance in front of goal it’s going to end up in the back of the net!

“To be fair, it was a tough game, though. My mouth was completely dry after about five minutes because of the warm conditions, but we adapted pretty well."

The England Under-21 midfielder, one of a number of players Spurs will supply the country during the European Championships this summer, was then quoted by the Mail as underlining his desire to break into the Tottenham side on a permanent basis next season, emphasising that this post-season tour was the perfect chance to catch Mauricio Pochettino's eye.

"This tour is an opportunity for me to impress the gaffer," Carroll is quoted as saying in the Mail.

"Being away on loan at Swansea was a good experience and it was nice to play some Premier League games. But coming back here is now a chance to show the manager what I can do.

"This is my big chance to impress. I’ve been away at Swansea all season and now is my opportunity.

"I am a Tottenham player and I want to stay and play next season."

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