Mauricio Pochettino boasts the best record of any manager when it comes to developing young players; and by quite a distance at that.
Don’t let Poch’s success dishearten you, mind, because Football Manager gives you the chance to prove to yourself, and anyone who will listen to your stories, that you can spot and bring through the best young talent as well.
Spurs already have more than their fair share of wonderkids around their squad, but you can never have too many superstar teenagers, can you?
Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Kane and Nabil Bentaleb can all become top class players in their own ways, but its hard to resist adding a few more potential world beaters to such a talented squad.
You may look to replace Mason, Chadli and Fazio – and you’d be right to do so – so you will need plenty of alternatives for your young squad.
Here are FIVE of the best young players for Spurs to aim for…
With Ben Davies and Danny Rose already playing at close to their respective potentials, there must be some worth in finding a left-back who can exceed their abilities.
Duarte is not as adventurous as Rose, but the Spaniard is a highly reliable defender who will have a tackling rating of above 15 by the time he reaches his peak.
Espanyol will not be too demanding when it comes to a fee, so Duarte could be the ideal man to shore up the left hand side of the Spurs defence to allow Son more freedom to attack.
It has been well publicised how little back-up Harry Kane has at Spurs this season and Ponce could be one cheap way to fix that.
Immediately, Ponce will not challenge Kane for his starting berth, but within a couple of seasons the Argentine will be ready to make the number 9 role his own. Ponce is comfortable playing back to goal or running the channels, much like Kane, and would be the perfect player to develop and slot into Kane’s position without changing your tactical system.
Ponce’s low first touch rating may be of concern, and rightly so, but you won’t find many cheaper players with this sort of potential.
Similar to many Brazilian wonderkids, Lincoln is a highly gifted, highly versatile attacking midfield player. Whether you want to utilise this starlet on either flank, or see if he can produce form like Christian Eriksen in the 10 role, Lincoln will develop into a superstar.
Early signs of his creativity can be seen from the beginning of your save, and he is undoubtedly a bargain transfer considering that you can pick him up for under £3million.
If you are sick of Townsend and N’Jie’s lack of productivity, invest the time and money in Lincoln to reap the rewards.
It may seem a bit unorthodox to suggest signing a goalkeeper when Spurs have Hugo Lloris, but this young stopper has the potential be at least as good as the French number 1.
Within a few seasons, the Maccabi Tel-Aviv ‘keeper will be one of the best in Europe and is currently putting in remarkable Champions League performances as a teenager.
If Lloris is to ask for a move to a bigger club, as he often does, Rajkovic would slot perfectly into the side.
Previously linked with the Lilywhites in the real world, Samper is a steal if you can convince him to move.
The Barca youngster’s low release clause will have half of Europe interested, but Samper would fit nicely into Spurs’ midfield alongside the industry of Dembele and the box-to-box play of Alli.
If you opt to sign Samper, make sure you don’t neglect the importance of Eric Dier in your squad and keep a space open for him elsewhere.
The prospect of Samper feeding the ball to Eriksen is just too good to miss out on…