Tom Carroll proves v Monaco that he may have a Tottenham future

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Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll put in a top class display against Monaco.

Carroll scored his first ever Tottenham goal against Monaco on Thursday, and it was the highlight of arguably his greatest ever performance for the Lilywhites.

In 33 appearances with Spurs, the 23-year-old midfielder has always looked like a player with potential, without ever imposing himself upon a game.

One of his earlier starts this season, against Arsenal in the League Cup, seemed to spell the end of a potential career with Spurs, as Carroll was overrun in midfield and looked off the speed of the game.

However, he upped his game against Monaco, and although the Ligue 1 outfit were poor on the day, the youngster controlled the midfield against a team with Champions League quality.

Sitting in the double pivot role - first alongside Eric Dier, and then Nabil Bentaleb - Carroll was the box-to-box presence whilst his midfield partner was the holding player.

Carroll proved that his lightweight figure and slight frame did not negatively impede upon his defensive performance, winning three tackles, three interceptions and completing one clearance.

In the attacking phase of play, Carroll was not as effective, but he did score from his only shot on target, with a lovely finish from an impossible angle after dribbling round a defender on the goal line.

Despite Carroll’s faltering reputation in recent years, there has never been any doubt about his ability as a passer of the ball, and he lived up to his ability to control a game once again.

His total of 77 passes was a game high statistic, and he completed 90% of his attempted balls, the highest for any player who competed the full 90 minutes. He was a constant presence in the middle of the park, and was always look to start attacks when he won back possession.

Carroll has struggled to live up to the hype surrounding him since bursting onto the scene at Spurs, but at 23-years-old, he still has plenty of time to fulfil his undoubted potential.

And with more displays such as the one he put in against Monaco, the young midfielder will have no trouble forcing his way into Mauricio Pochettino’s Premier League plans, and he will start to prove that he does have a long-term future with Tottenham.

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