The youth system at Tottenham has some very exciting prospects that are looking to make an impact.
Like most youth academy’s, there is a hot streak of talent and then a lull and then another steady stream of impressive young talent eagerly awaiting their chance in the first team.
Opportunity tends to knock in early rounds of European football, the Capital One Cup, the F A Cup, or when the game is already won without the danger of the opposition striking back.
In those few short moments, a young player knows that he has to make his mark and show the watching masses what he’s capable of.
At Tottenham, there are a crop of young players that deserve their chance and Pochettino will not have ignored their potential. He is a manager keen to bring in youth players, especially if the club can save a few million on buying in talent.
Here are four young players to watch out for…
Onomah made his first team debut in January 2015 and Spurs fans were disappointed not to see him in the match-day squad again until the final game of the season at Everton.
The number 10 in his twitter handle suggests Onomah, who models himself on Paul Pogba, is in no doubt about his best position and Tottenham’s lack of alternatives to Eriksen could see him included more often next season.
However, unlike Alli, Carroll and Ward, Onomah has no experience of competitive football above youth level, which could count against him.
There seems little doubt that Onomah has a big future at Spurs and this coming season may be the breakthrough time for him.
He will be pressing Eriksen for his position and that’s a tough ask, but a player of his potential will surely take his chance, when given.
The 17-year-old is a US youth team international and a potential future centre-half for Spurs.
While his country is grooming Carter-Vickers to one day be their starting centre-half, Spurs may regard him as an option for the more immediate future. He was included in the travelling parties for the FA Cup ties at Leicester City and Colchester last season, despite not making the match-day squads, and Pochettino is an admirer.
In reality, however, Carter-Vickers is not quite there, but getting close, with a first team start within the next two or three years.
The centre-back has been a regular for Tottenham in the Barclays U21 Premier League over the last two seasons, often captaining the side.
According to the Daily Mail, Pochettino is urging caution over Edwards. The youngster starred in their 2-1 defeat by Juventus only a few days ago as the 17-year-old provided a sparkling 30-minute cameo off the bench as Spurs faced the Italians in the first match of their Australian tour at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
However, his manager believes the teenager should be sheltered ahead of the new Premier League season and asked for patience. Edwards signed a new contract at White Hart Lane after an impasse which had alerted some of the Continent’s top clubs.
Firstly, he plays at right-back and shares much of his name with the other Kyle Walker, who plays in the same position.
Featuring primarily at right-back, but also capable of playing at left-back, he appeared in 20 of Tottenham’s 22 league games at U21 level – starting all of them – and also started all four games in the Premier League U21 International Cup.
He was crowned U21’s Player of the Month by the Premier League in December 2015, a month that also saw him sign a new contract with the club and make his first senior match-day squad appearance when he was named on the bench for the 3-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth in March.