Spurs fans discuss the possibility of Shaq Coulthirst featuring in the first-team next season

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The Tottenham youngster has been involved with the first-team in pre-season and may well be a viable if unpredicted option up front in the coming campaign.

Tottenham fans have been debating the possibility of young striker Shaq Coulthirst being involved in the first team next season on HITC, as Spurs continue to make plans to revamp their squad.

Though the club have sold several first team midfielders, they have so far avoided bringing in any replacements, hinting that Spurs are open to the possibility of relying on the many talented youngsters at White Hart Lane.

And the same thing may happen in attack, with Emmanuel Adebayor being linked with a move to Aston Villa in the Mail and Roberto Soldado's future far from certain. If those two players were to leave, Coulthirst would be the most established senior striker at the club after Tottenham hero Harry Kane. That may well indicate that there needs to be major investment in the attacking department, with the youngster yet to bring his impressive youth form to the senior football.

It is notable however that Mauricio Pochettino has included Coulthirst in the first team's pre-season training schedule, with the 20-year-old hitting the post in the 1-0 friendly win over Reading this weekend as he tries to catch the Argentine's eye.

Spurs supporters took the player's first-team involvement to discuss not only whether the player should be in or around the squad, but also whether the North London side were in danger of undermining the value of experience among all of their talented youths.

Below are a selection of the best comments regarding whether Coulthirst should be involved:

Jack James: "It's possible. He needs to work hard in pre-season and convince Poch he is ready. He's a talented player though, his time will come."

Sheikh352: "The great thing is that it is even a point for discussion. It's the mark of sensible management and man-management that the Club should look WITHIN its ranks for any opportunity to fill vacancies that occur, PROVIDED the coaching staff believe an individual is ready to be given his chance. It's a great compliment to the Academy that it is now producing players worthy of the first team squad. Long may it continue!"

Marcus Higgins: "If we're not careful we're going to end up with too many kids and not enough experience. Show me the team that's made top 4 playing predominantly kids and academy products?"

Other comments reflected on players that had impressed for Spurs in pre-season more than the striker, with one particular name catching the eye:

George: "Doubt it [Coulthirst getting first-team action], but Nathan Oduwa should!!"

Lee Hemsworth: "I really rate Oduwa too...hope he gets a chance in the cups."

Joe Spur: "I think Carroll is ahead [of Oduwa], Winks is ahead, and Onomah is ahead of both of them. I do like Oduwa tho... I was very impressed when I saw him at Ledley's testimonial. I hope he and Shaq both get game time in the coming season."

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