Why the Under-21 European Championship is Tom Carroll’s last chance to earn his Spurs

The 23-year old needs to impress in the upcoming tournament in order to stand out in one of Spurs’ most competitive positions.

Tom Carroll was once ranked among Spurs’ top academy products, but he has found the journey to the first team a difficult one.

Like several of his former youth team colleagues, now regularly plying their trade at White Hart Lane, Carroll has done his time away on loan in the top three tiers of English football.

After spells at Leyton Orient, Derby County and QPR, Carroll made his top-flight bow last season, appearing 13 times for Swansea before an ankle injury brought his season to an abrupt end. By all accounts, his performances were decent if not spectacular and more needs to be done if he’s to force his way into Pochettino’s plans.

Even in the likely event both Paulinho and Etienne Capoue are sold, central midfield is an area Spurs are hardly short in. The arrival of another hot prospect, in Dele Alli, adds to the established quartet of Mason, Bentaleb, Dembele and Stambouli.

Spurs have also been linked with Giannelli Imbula by the likes of Metro, and Karol Linetty by The Sun in recent weeks, and the arrival of another body in central midfield would all but end Carroll’s chances of making the grade at Spurs.

There is however, the non-trivial matter of the Under 21 European Championship starting this week. As Ryan Mason proved last season, a solid pre-season will be recognised and rewarded by Pochettino, and Carroll now has the chance to shine on the big stage. 

An ever present for the Under-21’s over the last two years, Carroll will be a prominent figure, and a strong display in a successful England team will force Pochettino to sit up and take notice. \

Should it so happen that he fails to deliver the goods, it becomes hard to imagine Tom Carroll remaining at Spurs come September 1st.


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