Three reasons that Tottenham midfielder Luke Amos can make a first-team breakthrough.
Tottenham youngster Luke Amos may just be playing his way into the thinking of manager Mauricio Pochettino during pre-season.
The 21-year-old defensive midfielder started and proved his worth during a 4-1 friendly victory over Italian giants Roma.
He is reaping the rewards of Spurs having so many World Cup absentees, meaning the youngster has the chance to play with the senior team and leave a good impression.
Amos hasn’t looked out of place for the North London club so far and here are three reasons he could be set for a first-team opportunity when the new season starts:
Held his own against Roma’s elite midfield
Amos caught the attention of Spurs fans with his recent performance against Roma and rubbing shoulders against some of their top players such as Javier Pastore, Daniele De Rossi and Kevin Strootman didn’t faze him.
The central midfielder showed real quality in possession and played a disciplined role in front of the back four too.
It may only have been a pre-season game, but showing he can slot into the Spurs midfield against an opponent like Roma will surely earn some trust from the manager.
Been schooled in lower leagues
Amos is a graduate from the club’s academy, but most importantly he has experienced first-team football elsewhere out on loan.
The English enforcer had a brief spell with Southend United and last season impressed during his time in League Two with Stevenage.
It would clearly be a big step up to the Spurs senior set up, but they are likely to have a long fixture list and may need some squad depth in the midfield.
Pochettino has previous in trusting youth
Pochettino is still waiting for his first piece of silverware at Spurs, but he is clearly a big favourite with supporters and his promotion of youth is a big part of that.
Harry Winks was the latest young star to earn his breakthrough last season and the Argentinian boss is not afraid to chuck young players in at the deep end.
Spurs have produced some brilliant young players in recent years and if Amos is good enough he will get his opportunity.