The Tottenham Hotspur youngster has been linked with an exit this summer but he has the attributes to be an effective Plan B in time.

Tottenham Hotspur signed Fernando Llorente last summer in the hope that the Spaniard would be an effective alternative to Harry Kane, but things did not go according to plan for the former Swansea City man.

With Tottenham continuing to rely on Kane for the majority of their goals, and the impressive form of Heung-min Son and Christian Eriksen, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has not needed to worry about Llorente’s poor form. However, he would be wise to consider a potential Plan B who is being tipped to leave North London this summer.

According to Football.London, Tottenham are set to bid farewell to eight youngsters this summer, including striker Ryan Loft. Yet this is the same player who was compared to Duncan Ferguson by then-Stevenage manager Darren Sarll while the forward was on loan at the Grecians.

“Ryan’s a little bit of a throwback to the Duncan Ferguson type striker,” Sarll told the Hertfordshire Mercury.

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“He’s going to be a real handful, he’s got real aggression.”

Loft’s stature and playing style certainly helped him impress for Tottenham as he moved through the academy, and yet the 20-year-old is now being tipped to leave despite his impressive scoring record for Spurs’ under-18s and his development into an effective option for the second string.

There is still plenty of room for improvement but Loft is a homegrown talent with a unique skill set, and it may be foolish to write him off when he offers exactly the kind of difference in attack that could one day benefit Tottenham’s first-team.

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