Seven young Spurs stars who will burst on to the scene next season to save Daniel Levy millions

There is plenty of talent among the young players at Tottenham Hotspur and some could emerge next season as they continue to develop

There is a sense of gloom around Tottenham after recent results in the Premier League but sometimes looking to the future can bring reason for optimism.

That Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is awaiting the return of 21-year-old Oliver Skipp with bated breath shows that sometimes the youngsters from within can prove to be important players for the present and future.

Alfie Devine

Like Scarlett, the club are being patient with Alfie Devine, with the ability to be even more so due to the current number of midfielders in the first team ranks.

Younger than even Scarlett at just 17 and a half, Devine’s season has been spent taking on the next level of academy football in the Premier League 2 with Wayne Burnett’s U23s and he’s taken to it like a duck to water.

When Devine became the club’s youngest ever goalscorer as a 16-year-old with his strike against Marine in the FA Cup last season, some might have expected him to be quickly pushed through the ranks.

However, having only arrived from Wigan in the summer of 2020, the attacking midfielder was unable to be named on the B list of young players for European competition and there were no free spots in the main list. That meant he could not get game time in the Europa League and Europa Conference League when other young players were.

He also suffered an injury which kept him out for about six weeks this season but around that has been showing his talent with the U23s.

Devine scored six goals and laid on two assists in the first eight Premier League 2 matches of the season and, as captain, scored in both FA Youth Cup ties against Ipswich and West Brom.

Since returning from injury, he has a goal and an assist from his last three Premier League 2 games.

With Dilan Markanday’s exit to Blackburn, Nile John and Jack Clarke’s loans to Charlton and Sunderland respectively, plus Harvey White becoming a regular first team squad member in the wake of so many midfield departures in January, Devine becomes the main creative midfielder in the development squad.

If he can continue to impress then it’s likely he will be involved in pre-season training and friendlies again with the first team in the summer and he will get his chance to catch the head coach’s eye.

Maksim Paskotsi

A defender among a list of more attacking players, 19-year-old Maksim Paskotsi, who only joined Spurs from FC Flora in late 2020, has had his own year to remember.

As an 18-year-old last season he was handed his senior international debut with Estonia due to absences in the squad but has swiftly become a regular starter for his country.

At club level, Espirito Santo used the versatile centre-back, who can also play as a right-back, frequently throughout pre-season friendlies in the following summer.

Then the Portuguese handed him his senior debut in the final minutes of the Europa Conference League qualifier first leg at Pacos de Ferreira and he was on the bench for the return leg.

Conte has kept Paskotsi around the first team training squad regularly since his arrival and put him on his bench for the FA Cup third round tie against Morecambe and then the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea.

The Estonian’s first team involvement, sometimes travelling with the squad in case of injuries and absences, has impacted his Premier League 2 involvement.

A decision could be made this summer over whether to loan him out to get him the game time he requires for his development.

He scored five goals in 13 games for the U18s while still a schoolboy last season and this term he has run riot.

The teenager has seven goals and four assists from nine appearances in the U18 Premier League.

Donley has played for both Northern Ireland and England at international youth level and seems to have settled for the latter at the moment. He netted twice in three games for England U17s in their European Championship qualification matches.

The teenager is very much one to keep an eye on for the longer term future and the next step will be U23s football, particularly with a lack of natural strikers available to Wayne Burnett.

 

 

 

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