Tottenham loanee Shayon Harrison praised after first Southend start

Shayon Harrison of Spurs battles with David Henen of Everton during the Premier League International Cup between Everton U21 and Tottenham Hotspur U21 at Goodison Park on August 31, 2015...

Tottenham Hotspur striker Shayon Harrison impressed on his first start for Southend.

 

Shayon Harrison of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League 2 match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton on January 15, 2018 in Enfield, England.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Shayon Harrison was handed his first start for loan side Southend this week.

Harrison had impressed in a five minute cameo at the weekend and was handed the nod against Bury.

Unfortunately the 20-year-old drew a blank, with the two sides playing out a 0-0 draw.

This could seem like an opportunity missed for the young striker, who may wonder if it leaves him faced with a swift return to the bench.

But manager Chris Powell was encouraged with Harrison's performance and could keep him in the side.

Shayon Harrison of Spurs battles with David Henen of Everton during the Premier League International Cup between Everton U21 and Tottenham Hotspur U21 at Goodison Park on August 31, 2015...

Powell told Southend's official website: "I thought Shayon showed some good touches at times.

"He had a thunderous shot which forced a good save by Ripley and he had another effort in the first half and the more he gets on the pitch and gets minutes, I think the fans will be really pleased with what they’ll see with him."

Powell added that it was important that Harrison got his opportunity and he appears to be very encouraged about getting the most out of the Tottenham youngster.

He struggled on loan at Yeovil last season but a year older, wiser, and possibly more determined, Harrison has another chance to try and impress.

The standard required to break through at Tottenham is higher than ever before, but the team still lack credible alternatives to Harry Kane, and if Harrison can prove himself on this loan spell then it will give the North London side something to think about.

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