Shaq Coulthirst may never be good enough for Tottenham's first-team

The 21-year-old is still some way from making the grade at Tottenham Hotspur.

With Tottenham Hotspur in need of striking reinforcements to act as back-up for Harry Kane, some fans have wondered if the time has come for Shaq Coulthirst to be given a chance under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The problem is, despite the emergence of the likes of Kane, Harry Winks and Josh Onomah, not every young Tottenham player is going to make the grade, and at 21 Coulthirst looks a long way from being ready for the first-team.

Scoring goals at under-21 level is one thing, and Coulthirst has certainly managed that with 17 in 35 appearances, including four so far this season.

But loan spells at Southend United, York City, Torquay United, Leyton Orient and Wigan Athletic have seen a return of just nine goals in 46 first-team games; not bad but not exactly form to suggest he is ready to challenge Kane.

With his current Tottenham contract expiring in the summer there could well be a few changes coming Coulthirst’s way.

He could yet prove the doubters wrong, but not every under-21 achiever is a sensation in the making; just ask Federico Macheda.

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