Tottenham Hotspur have a number of exciting young players coming through the ranks right now, with 18-year-old striker Shayon Harrison scoring regularly for the under-18s and now the under-21s, but the emergence of another teenager down the road at Fulham is proving just how far the Spurs youngster still has to go.
Moussa Dembele – not to be mistaken for Tottenham’s midfielder – is a 19-year-old striker who has been making waves at Craven Cottage for quite some time now, and those asking if Harrison is ready for a first-team shot should use the Fulham player’s performances as a benchmark of sorts.
This writer has recently suggested that Harrison deserves a place on the Tottenham bench given their lack of striking alternatives – a wildcard substitute in the vein of Federico Macheda and more recently Kelechi Iheanacho.
But what Harrison is certainly not ready for is regular first-team football at Tottenham, with a loan spell the sensible next step.
An article on HITC Sport earlier this week suggested that Fulham’s Dembele would be an interesting target for a Tottenham side looking to add to their striking options, and when you consider he has already scored 10 goals for the Cottagers – including eight in 18 matches this season – few would disagree.
But what Dembele’s emergence shows is that Harrison – who is a year younger – is well behind some of the best teenage striking talent currently playing their trade in England.
In time Harrison could match many but Tottenham fans may not see that until he heads out on a similar loan spell to the ones that allowed the likes of Alex Pritchard and Nathan Oduwa to shine week in, week out.