Why Grant Ward could be the answer to Tottenham's last remaining midfield issue

Grant Ward - Tottenham Hotspur

The academy product could replace Tom Carroll and Ryan Mason.

Grant Ward - Tottenham HotspurGrant Ward - Tottenham Hotspur

The signing of Victor Wanyama has cast into doubt the futures of Ryan Mason and Tom Carroll and Spurs need not look far for a replacement should the duo end up leaving.

Academy product Grant Ward enjoyed a stellar season on loan at Rotherham United last term and has returned to Hotspur Way for pre-season and the chance to impress Mauricio Pochettino.

Grant Ward at Rotherham United against BurnleyGrant Ward at Rotherham United against Burnley

The 21-year old has had two previous loans spells - first with MLS side Chicago fire in 2014 and then Coventry City in 2015 – but his stint at the New York Stadium last season truly highlighted his potential .

Grant appeared 43 times for the Championship team, predominantly operating in central midfield but occasionally playing in a more advanced role, and picked up both the club’s ‘Young Player of the Year’ and ‘Goal of the Year’ awards in the process.

Tottenham's Ryan Mason is shown a yellow card by referee Anthony TaylorTottenham's Ryan Mason is shown a yellow card by referee Anthony Taylor

Meanwhile, Mason failed to find form again following his injury against Sunderland in September and has been heavily linked with a move to Hull City, as reported by the likes of ESPN.

Carroll was a peripheral figure at White Hart Lane last season and while his effort and willingness to follow Pochettino’s instructions are not in question, his lack of physicality is an issue in the Premier League.

Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele established themselves as Tottenham’s first-choice central midfield pairing last term and Spurs tended to suffer when either of those were absent.

Tottenham's Tom Carroll in actionTottenham's Tom Carroll in action

Wanyama’s arrival means Spurs now have excellent cover for Dier and the only midfield issue is who acts as cover for Dembele.

Dele Alli is capable of playing in a deeper role, and was thought of as a box-to-box midfielder before arriving at Spurs, but he now finds himself in a more advanced position.

The England international could cover for Dembele but his influence further forward will be lost and it is likely Pochettino will instead turn to the talented Nabil Bentaleb.

The 21-year old was plagued by injury last season and barely featured but he remains a real talent and has looked in good shape during pre-season.

Spurs now look well-stocked in central midfield and could make a tidy sum from shipping out Mason and Carroll, leaving Grant Ward to act as a more than capable 5th choice midfield option.

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