The Tottenham Hotspur teenagers need minutes and the Europa League would give them that.
Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 defeat against AS Monaco on Tuesday evening means they have been eliminated from the Champions League and will have to make do with Europa League football at best for the remainder of the season.
Even that is not yet secure, with the clash against CSKA Moscow next month deciding which of the two sides will drop down into the competition. But assuming Tottenham get there, here are three players who could benefit:
Josh Onomah has been seen regularly on the substitutes’ bench this season but the 19-year-old has had limited game time.
If Tottenham make it into the Europa League and decide to focus their efforts on a Premier League title tilt it could see Onomah get some starts under his belt.
Young centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers is rated very highly by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and like Onomah he has been a regular on the bench.
Given the competition for places at the heart of Tottenham’s defence, the teenager is unlikely to feature in the league any time soon but he could yet have a role to play in Europe’s second competition.
The jewel in Tottenham’s academy crown, Marcus Edwards deserves chances and the Europa League would give him the opportunity to test his mettle against some of the continent’s elite.
While it had previously seemed like his only hope of minutes in the short term was during Spurs’ FA Cup run, the 17-year-old could yet have another competition to experience.