Townsend: These three Tottenham stars have now 'grown into men'

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Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has praised the development of Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll and Harry Kane.

Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend told the Daily Mail he feels there are three players at the club who grew into men last season.

Tottenham are one of the leading examples in the Premier League when it comes to developing younger players, in order for them to become important parts of a team competing in the top flight.

Mauricio Pochettino deserves big credit for taking risks with younger players and it’s a trend which will need to continue next season and Townsend feels the youngsters coming back into the squad, can take inspiration from several players.

“There were a lot of shy players in there like Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll and Harry Kane who have now come out of their shells and have grown into men,” he said.

In the cases of Ryan Mason and Harry Kane, they have each turned themselves into priceless parts of Pochettino’s first team.

Kane has quickly established himself as the club’s number one striker and faces a big challenge next season in terms of how he improves on this season.

Mason’s main aim will be to fine tune his consistency across all competitions to ensure there are few dips in his form.

The case of Tom Carroll is a more interesting one because he comes back to Tottenham after a decent spell with Swansea, tasked with breaking into central midfield which is one of the busiest areas of Pochettino’s current squad.

He only secured eight starts for the Swans under Garry Monk and may have no choice but to push for another loan move away Spurs, unless he wants to face a season sitting on the bench.

However, he deserves credit for making the mature decision of heading to Swansea and his metal will be seriously tested this summer.

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