Former Tottenham youngster Ismail Azzaoui named as one of world's best 50 young players

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Sold by Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, Ismail Azzaoui's progress has been praised.

The Guardian have named Ismail Azzaoui as one of the 50 most promising players in world football.

The Belgian youngster was sold by Tottenham Hotspur to Wolfsburg just ahead of transfer deadline day, a shock decision by the Premier League side.

The Guardian's feature lists the top 50 prospects born in 1998, split into countries, with Azzaoui listed as Belgium's best prospect.

It states of his Wolfsburg chances: "It it is unlikely that he will have to wait too long for his first appearance for the club considering his talents."

Spurs signed Azzaoui from Anderlecht last summer, and he went onto become one of their star players in their academy. He scored six goals as the club reached the FA Youth Cup semi-finals, and began this season featuring for Tottenham's under-21 side.

The 17-year-old was touted as a potential replacement for Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne by ESPN when he signed for Wolfsburg in late August. 

Nobody at Tottenham has publicly commented on his sale, but if Azzaoui does go on to become the star he is tipped to become, fans will feel they deserve an explanation.

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