Is the Tottenham Hotspur academy failing?

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino

Harry Kane and Harry Winks are the only two players to have progressed from the academy to become established first team regulars in recent years.

Harry Kane and Harry Winks of England battle for the ball  whit Thiago Alcantara of Spain during the UEFA Nations League football match between Spain and England at Benito Villamarin...

Since Daniel Levy forked out £30 million on a brand new state of the art training facility in 2012, only Harry Kane and Harry Winks have made the jump from academy boys to first team stars.

It is a small return for a project that was largely designed to give the next generation a fighting chance of becoming future Spurs regulars.

Therefore the question has to be asked if Tottenham Hotspur are getting the academy setup right.

Of course, Spurs are not completely at fault. Young prodigies such as Marcus Edwards have had question marks raised over their attitudes.

However, a worrying trend is appearing to emerge for Tottenham Hotspur and their young talent.

Gems such as Kyle Walker-Peters are getting stuck between being too good for under-23 football, but not deemed ready for the first team environment at Spurs, with manager Mauricio Pochettino famously reluctant to send his young guns out on loan.

That is, of course, unless the Argentine still needs the players to convince him they are worthy of a slot in the Spurs squad.

Question marks must then be raised over the suitability of the loan moves that is being arranged for Spurs' youth.

Joshua Onomah of England U21 in action during the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier between  Scotland U21 and England U21 at Tynecastle Stadium on October 16, 2018 in...

Josh Onomah struggled to impress in Steve Bruce's Aston Villa side last season, a team whose style of football is markedly different to Pochettino's Tottenham.

Cameron Carter-Vickers joined Swansea City on a loan deal in the summer, however has only played four league games for the Welsh side.

Then there is the even more worrying trend of academy players leaving before they become established, due to the lack of a pathway into the first team.

Reo Griffiths, Keanan Bennetts, and Noni Madueke have all left the Spurs academy in the last two seasons for moves abroad.

Questions have to be asked then, is the objective of the academy at Tottenham Hotspur to produce players for the first team? And if so, what do they need to change?

Harry Winks and Kyle Walker-Peters of Tottenham Hotspur during a Tottenham Hotspur Training Session on October 18, 2018 in Enfield, England.

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