Paris Maghoma should be next in line at Tottenham

Enfield, UK. 28 November, 2018

Paris Maghoma is the crown jewel of Tottenham Hotspur's current academy crop and should be next to make a first-team impression.

Paris Maghoma of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League International Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur U23 and VfL Wolfsburg U23 at The Lamex Stadium on December 3, 2018 in...

Paris Maghoma is a name most will not recognise. However, his talent and application this season should mean he is the next star to come off Tottenham Hotspur's academy conveyor belt.

Harry Kane and Harry Winks are the only two players currently making a serious first-team impression that came from the academy, with Kyle Walker-Peters on the periphery.

 

Spurs spent £45 million on a state of the art training facility, and it is time the academy started producing more first-team players.

Paris Maghoma, a 17-year-old midfielder who is incidentally the brother of former Spurs academy graduates Christian and Jacques Maghoma, is certainly one who can make a big impression.

The former is highly rated by the club and has been making huge inroads with the under 23s at Spurs this season, despite his young age.

Having made his debut for the first-team in pre-season, coming on as a substitute in the 4-1 friendly defeat to Girona, Maghoma has performed admirably against players above his age group.

In seven Premier League Two appearances this season, the youngster has provided three goals and three assists. On top of that, he's scored one goal in five UEFA Youth League games as well as an assist and a goal each in the EFL Checkatrade trophy.

Those are extremely impressive statistics for a central midfielder playing age groups up.

On the two occasions Paris has played under-18 football this year, he has scored two, and is clearly a level above most players his age.

Paris Maghoma of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the Premier League International Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur U23 and VfL Wolfsburg U23 at The Lamex Stadium on December 3, 2018...

A driving midfielder who is a good dribbler, passer, likes to create and scores outstanding goals, Maghoma for some reason fails to get the recognition he deserves.

Compared to Oliver Skipp, who has already made his official first-team debut for Spurs, in the 3-1 Carabao Cup win away to West Ham, it is time Maghoma's name was being spoken about for first-team minutes.

Maghoma has by and large outperformed Skipp this season, however, the latter offers a safer presence on the pitch, despite not having Maghoma's match-winning ability.

Arthur Masuaku of West Ham United battles for possession with Oliver Skipp of Tottenham Hotspur during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at...

Skipp, of course, is an outstanding young talent with great potential, yet there is no doubt he is wrongly viewed as a more exciting prospect than Maghoma.

If Tottenham are not careful, they may lose a prized possession unless Maghoma is offered a clear pathway at the club.

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch