Three Spurs youngsters who can claim a squad role in if they impress in preseason

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Tottenham have several promising youngsters that could make an impression ahead of the new season.

As Tottenham return for pre-season training in July, there will be plenty of young players eager to step up and push for a position in Tottenham's first-team squad by impressing Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Everyone at the club will have seen how the Argentine gave the likes of Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb extended runs in the side last season.

But there are are a talented batch of players coming up from the academy, or coming back in from loan spells that may really fancy their chances of catching the former Southampton bosses eye.

Below we take a look at three of them:

Milos Veljkovic: Few players will have had a better summer than the young Serbian defender. The 19-year-old played every minute of the tournament as Serbia completed a surprise Under-20 World Cup triumph, beating Brazil in the final in New Zealand. He was one player that was already likely to get minutes in the Europa League and cups next season, but given the fact he is now a World Champion, he may be fast-tracked to the first team.

Alex Pritchard: Pritchard returns to the club having enjoyed a sensational season with Brentford in the Championship, his second successive loan campaign where he has flourished. With uncertainty regarding the wings and attacking midfield positions, the 22-year-old is expected to be given a chance when he returns from the European Under-21 Championships. Pritchard was injured in the match against Sweden, and he will be hoping it is a short-term blow rather than one that will keep him out for weeks.

Dele Alli: Having just joined from MK Dons this summer, Alli has a big reputation as a dynamic, box-to-box, goalscoring midfielder. In other words, he has the potential to be the midfielder Spurs thought they were signing when they bought Paulinho. There is arguably a free spot in central midfield for someone to step into, though this may disappear if Tottenham are successful in their rumoured pursuit of Morgan Schneiderlin, with the Standard claiming recently that the club are still very much interested. If Alli can impress Pochettino in his first few training sessions at Hotspur Way, having not trained at the club yet, then the ex-Argentina international may seek shelve his plans to reenforce the midfield.

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