Could Anton Walkes be the next Tottenham youngster to leave permanently?

Tottenham's Anton Walkes

Taking a look at the next Tottenham Hotspur youngster who could leave the club following Nathan Oduwa's exit.

Tottenham's Anton Walkes

Tottenham Hotspur recently announced that young winger Nathan Oduwa had completed a permanent move to Slovenian side Olimpija Ljubljana, and while that was no real surprise given his contract situation at White Hart Lane, one wonders who could be the next to leave the club.

Tottenham have so many youngsters coming through the ranks right now that it is expected that some will fall by the wayside, especially when the talent of those who can make the step up is so high.

Harry Winks, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Marcus Edwards and Kyle Walker-Peters are all expected to be first-team regulars in the future, but where does that leave some of their teammates?

One player who is undeniably talented but who may have to move on for the good of his career is Anton Walkes.

The 20-year-old is currently on loan with MLS side Atlanta United, where he will remain for the rest of the campaign. But given the competition for places at White Hart Lane it is tough to see him making the breakthrough under Mauricio Pochettino.

Walkes is predominantly a holding midfielder, although he can also play at centre-back if required, and while that versatility will come in handy at Spurs he has a lot of players to usurp, some of whom are already ahead of him despite being younger, namely Carter-Vickers.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino before the match

With Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier competing for a holding role and the latter also able to play in defence, the simple fact is Walkes has a huge challenge ahead of him.

And if he impresses at Atlanta it may be deemed best for all parties if he leaves Tottenham for good, rather than being forced to make do with under-23 football for years to come.

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