Three academy graduates Tottenham should cash in on, including Tom Carroll

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The production line has been exceptional at Tottenham Hotspur in recent years but not every young prospect will make the breakthrough.

The Spurs academy has enjoyed extraordinary success in the past couple of years and thrown the likes of Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb onto centre stage.

Hotspur Way was developed not only to produce talent good enough to break into the first team, but to maximise the potential sell-on value of the young men on its books.

Massimo Luongo and Ryan Fredericks are two such examples, and we’ve suggested a few more who could soon be shown the exit.

Connor Ogilvie

The powerful left-back notched his first professional goal this weekend, after joining Stevenage on a season-long loan, but struggled with injuries in his time at Spurs and hasn’t yet looked capable of challenging for a first-team spot.

With Danny Rose and Ben Davies both young and still developing, and natural right-back Kyle Walker-Peters even preferred on the left at times - Ogilvie’s prospects don’t look great.

Shaq Coulthirst

Tottenham’s post-season Asia tour saw the diminutive striker awarded a spot in the Spurs squad, but he failed to seize the moment, and a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans seems a long way off.

The 20-year old is currently on loan at Wigan Athletic and has performed reasonably well in his previous stints away from the Lane.

But Spurs’ options in attack have been boosted by the arrivals of Heung-Min Son and Clinton N’Jie, and with the club still eager to bring in another first-team striker, Coulthirst’s chances are sure to be limited.

Tom Carroll

A controversial choice maybe, but at 23-years old, time is running out for the central midfielder to make his mark at Spurs.

In Eric Dier, Mason, Bentaleb and Dele Alli, Spurs have their first choices for the deeper midfield roles. Beyond that, Mousa Dembele and possibly even Toby Alderweireld would be preferred ahead of Carroll - and his prospects don’t look much greater further forward.

He featured in attacking midfield roles for parts of pre-season, but the introduction of Alex Pritchard and the captures of Son and N’Jie will make another appearance further forward doubtful.

Carroll is the most valuable of the three and fetching a fee of around £5 million for his services isn’t beyond the realms of possibility, with plenty of Premier League clubs standing to benefit from his arrival.

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