Ledley King hopes youthful approach will return glory days to Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs' squad is the youngest in the Premier League at present.

Tottenham Hotspur legend Ledley King has lauded the club’s recent turn towards youth and revealed his hope that they will help return the glory days to White Hart Lane.

Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Andros Townsend, Nabil Bentaleb and Danny Rose are all academy graduates who have gone on to have prominent roles with the first-team.

Tom Carroll is also in the first-team picture and would have been joined by Alex Pritchard, were it not for the latter’s injury troubles this season.

Josh Onomah and Harry Winks have been involved in match day squads this season and look like being the next in line to make the progression.

Ledley King was an academy graduate himself, when he made his debut in 1999, and believes that players who emerge from within the club have a special connection with the fans.

“I enjoyed coming through the Academy and it’s important for clubs to have home-grown players, players with whom fans can really associate,” said King, in an interview on Spurs’ official website.

“Luckily enough, we have a number of those players at the moment and they are top players as well, hopefully they will lead the club to glory.

“The young lads are doing the club proud at the moment and it’s always pleasing to see that.”

Beyond the confines of Hotspur Way, external recruitment has also focused on young players, with recent arrivals Clinton N’Jie, Kevin Wimmer, Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli all aged 23 years and under.

It’s an approach which appears to be paying dividends for the Lilywhites and there is now a real excitement as to how far this talented young group can go.

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