We catch up with some of the young players to leave Tottenham Hotspur in recent years.
There are a few former Tottenham Hotspur youngsters now plying their trade in the Championship. Alex Pritchard signed for Norwich City last August after injuries blighted his Spurs career. The winger has recently enjoyed a good run in the Canaries starting-eleven, including two assists against Wigan Athletic and a brace against Nottm Forrest.
David Button and Ryan Fredericks are currently playing for play-off pushing Fulham. Former England U20’s goalkeeper, Button, had spells with Charlton Athletic and Brentford following his departure from White Hart Lane. He has been ever-present in the league for the Cottagers, keeping nine clean sheets in the process.
Fredericks broke into Slavisa Jokanovic’s starting-eleven in October, but is presently out of the team, after being sent-off in their 1-0 defeat to Birmingham City at the start of the month.
Australian midfielder Massimo Luongo continues to feature for Queens Park Rangers. Luongo, winner of the 2015 Asian Cup Player of the Tournament, recently committed his future to the club by signing a new deal until 2020.
Dominic Ball’s five years with Tottenham came to an end in the summer. He began the 2016/7 season as part of Rotherham United’s hapless back-four before being loaned out to League One side Peterborough United in January.
Ball will be competing against goalkeeper Jordan Archer for a place in the League One play-offs. The 23-year-old goalkeeper failed to make an appearance for Tottenham during his six years at the club, but has since impressed for Neil Harris’ improving Millwall side.
Dean Parrett is also doing well for mid-table League One side AFC Wimbledon. The 25-year-old set up two goals for the Dons in their 2-1 win over Oxford United, before missing the last four games through injury.
Jonathan Obika, who played the full 90 minutes in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw UEFA Cup 3rd round draw with Shakthar Donesk back in 2009, has spent the last three years of his career with Swindon Town. Unfortunately, injuries have hampered Obika’s current campaign, with the Robins desperately trying to avoid relegation from League One.
Jack Barthram, Alexander McQueen and Shaquile Coulthirst are now with League Two teams. Coulthirst, on-loan from Peterborough, has scored twice already since signing for the Stags in January. Barthram plays for Cheltenham Town, while McQueen has made two league appearances for Carlisle United.
Three former Spurs young guns to be playing their football abroad are Cristian Ceballos, Cameron Lancaster and Milos Veljkovic. The latter played thirty minutes of league football for Tottenham until he moved to German side Werder Bremen last winter. Veljkovic has since established himself in Bremen’s underachieving - and relegation-threatened - side.
Ceballos, on-loan from Charlton Athletic, will also be aiming to avoid relegation with Belgian First Division strugglers Sint-Truidense VV. Meanwhile, Lancaster’s Louisville City side begin their United Soccer League (2nd tier) season next month with the visit of local rivals Saint Louis.
Of course, the likes of Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace), Tom Carroll (Swansea City), Ryan Mason (Hull City), Adam Smith (Bournemouth) and Kevin Stewart (Liverpool) are among the Spurs academy prospects to still be at Premier League clubs.
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