Five young Tottenham Hotspur players to look out for this season

Tottenham's Shayon Harrison looks dejected after a missed chance

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has given opportunities to youth players at every club he has managed, but the latest young crop at Tottenham is arguably the most talented he has ever worked with.

Last season Tottenham Hotspur received praise as they finished third in the Premier League, despite using a squad that had the youngest average age in the division.

Though two of the younger players, Dele Alli and Eric Dier, may not have come through the youth ranks at Spurs, several of their teammates have progressed via the academy route.

Rejecting claims that he could be a one-hit wonder, Harry Kane spearheaded the attack as he finished as the league's top scorer with 26 goals, and in midfield, Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll and Josh Onomah all played their part as the Lilywhites achieved their highest league position in 26 years.

Juventus' Mario Lemina in action with Tottenham's Joshua OnomahJosh Onomah made the break through last season, inspiring the latest crop towards first-team football

Whilst that placing suggests it was a successful season for Spurs, there was a slight sense of disappointment as they failed to keep the pace with Leicester before slipping behind arch-rivals Arsenal to third on the final day of the season.

That has led to suggestions that their season fizzled out on a whim as they failed to compete in multiple competitions with such a small pool of talent to pick from. Though manager Mauricio Pochettino often rotated his side in the Europa League and FA Cup, he would often do so at the expense of the team's all-round ability, with only 14 or 15 top first-team players to pick from.

With the bench often featuring talent from the Under-21 and Under-18 squads, the Argentine has used the pre-season to assess which players he believes are capable of making the step up on a more permanent basis, with Spurs set to compete on multiple fronts again.

We look at five of the most likely players to feature alongside Kane, Alli, et al this season.

Kyle Walker-Peters 

Born in Edmonton, the 19-year-old full-back has been an integral part of Spurs' younger sides in recent years. He featured 25 times for the Under-18s in his first full season with the club, after making two appearances whilst in his final year of school in 2013. 

The following season he made a further 12 appearances for the Under-18s, scoring once before becoming a regular at Under-21 level. His name was the first on the teamsheet as he started all six games on the way to the FA Youth Cup semi-finals, scoring twice in the process.

And last season he started 20 of a possible 22 league games for the Under-21s, being named Player of the Month in December and earning himself a spot on Pochettino's substitute bench against Bournemouth in the Premier League. 

In July he was part of the England squad that progressed to the semi-final of the UEFA Under-20 European Championships, scoring in the group stage against Croatia. 

Though he favours the right-hand flank, he is equally adept on the left and while he may not be the stockiest of defenders, he makes up for that with his raw pace, balance and dribbling skills. 

Cameron Carter-Vickers 

Captain of the Under-21 side last season, the American youth international has featured regularly in pre-season. Though he was born in Southend, he is eligible to represent the nation of his father, ex-basketball player Howard Carter.

He joined the club as an 11-year-old and made 28 appearances for the Under-18 side in the 2013-14 season, despite still being a schoolboy. The following season he made the step up to the Under-21s where he featured 10 times. 

Later that summer, he travelled to New Zealand for the Under-20 World Cup after making his debut for the Under-17 and Under-23 sides aged 16. 

In 2015-16 he continued to develop as he began to train with the first-team under Pochettino and appeared on the bench four times in the Europa League. 

And when key defender Jan Vertonghen suffered a serious injury in January, the Spurs boss decided against signing cover in the transfer window, believing that young Carter-Vickers was suitable enough. With Federico Fazio shipped out on loan to Roma and Eric Dier being transformed to a holding midfielder, the youngster is now fourth-choice at the back behind Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, and Kevin Wimmer.

Tottenham's Cameron Carter-Vickers in action with Atletico Madrid's Thomas ParteyCameron Carter-Vickers in action with Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey

Harry Winks 

Central midfielder Winks made his debut for Tottenham back in November 2014 against Partizan in the Europa League group stages. But since then his chances have been limited as the Hemel Hempstead-born player has failed to appear in the Premier League. 

Joining the academy in the summer of 2012, he went on to feature 13 times for the Under-18 squad in his first season. The following year he then scored four times in 14 appearances for the Under-18s and once in five for the Under-21s as he was rewarded with spots on the bench against Benfica, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion. 

And after two goals in 18 games for the Under-21 side in 2014/15, he has since been training with the first-team on a permanent basis and even featured in 11 Under-21 fixtures last season. 

He was rewarded with a long-term deal last summer after a successful pre-season tour in Australasia and started both games of this summer's tour alongside Victor Wanyama in midfield. 

Marcus Edwards

The youngest of the bunch, 17-year-old winger Harrison is perhaps the most exciting prospect at White Hart Lane, and according to The Guardian he signed his first professional contract earlier this week after months of negotiations between Spurs and his representatives. 

With the club since the age of eight, he made 14 appearances for the Under-18s in the 2014-15 season. And last year he really flourished as seven goals in 19 Barclays Under-18 Premier League games led to him being regarded as one of the best English prospects in his age group.

Despite having a year to run on his scholarship, Pochettino was keen to tie the electric wide man to a longer future at the Lane and with a deal being all but agreed, the Argentine included Edwards in the squad for the recent tour of Australia, where he came off the bench against Juventus and Atletico Madrid. 

Tottenham's Shayon Harrison in actionShayon Harrison in action against Italian champions Juventus

Shayon Harrison

The goalscorer in the group. 19-year-old Harrison has been prolific at all age groups for Spurs, perhaps suggesting why Pochettino has signed just one striker as backup to Harry Kane this summer, in Dutch international Vincent Jansson. 

In the 2013-14 season Harrison scored 12 in 22, including four against Chelsea. And history repeated itself as he scored another four against the London rivals the following year, this time at Stamford Bridge.

If that wasn't enough he scored a hat-trick against Arsenal as he finished as the top scorer in the Under-18 league with 15 goals in 18 outings. 

And in 2015-16 he kept his record of a hat-trick in every season alive with three against Sunderland at White Hart Lane in April. 

Pochettino took him to Australia in July as the only striker in his squad, suggesting he will feature this season, and in the latest friendly he bagged his first goal for the senior team with the final strike in the 6-1 trouncing of Inter Milan. 

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