Shaq Coulthirst might end up as an unlikely backup striker for Spurs in the coming season

The Tottenham youngster could be an unlikely option as one of Tottenham's backup strikers this season if he can impress Mauricio Pochettino in pre-season.

Tottenham attacker Shaq Coulthirst could be a left field candidate for the club's attacking roster next season, as he continued to be included with the first-team squad during pre-season.

Coulthirst, who made his debut against Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013, spoke to the Spurs website about how excited he is to be involved with the first team this summer, saying: “It’s been great so far, the fitness work we’re doing is obviously at a different level to what I’m used to with the Under-21s and I feel like I’m taking a lot on board and learning a lot from the manager and the players."

And considering the lack of talent Spurs currently have up front aside from Harry Kane, the striker, still only 20, could yet find himself given a chance in the first team squad next season if he impresses Mauricio Pochettino in the next couple of month.

On the face of it, Coulthirst's loan spells at lower league clubs have done little to indicate that he is ready for Premier League football.

In the last two seasons the forward has gone on four separate loans, one in League One with Leyton Orient, and the others in League Two with Torquay United, Sheffield United and then most recently, York City.

In nearly 44 matches, Coulthirst has only netted 9 times, although he has managed to score at least once at each club, including two at Bootham Crescent at the end of last season.

But the player has long been thought of as one of the most promising individuals at the club, having starred at various youth levels, including a superb NextGen tournament in 2013 when he scored a hat-trick away to Barcelona, highlighting just why Spurs might give him a chance as a third or fourth choice striker next season.

It is telling that he is included within the first team group this summer, rather than with the development players, and on Saturday, he featured for the full side against Reading rather than in the Spurs XI made up of younger players that played against Peterborough. This in itself shows he could be in the thoughts of Pochettino.

The former Southampton manager is renowned for giving youth a chance, and arguably, attack is the one position that could yet be remodelled before the end of the transfer window.

With ongoing rumours surrounding the futures of the club's other first choice strikers Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham could start the season with just one of their striking lineup from last year still at the club.

Pochettino would certainly look to to bring in at least one striker if those two leave, but, depending on when transfers happen, and who might be available, it may be the case that in the opening weeks of the season, Coulthirst is in the top three most senior established centre forwards at White Hart Lane.

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