A lot of noise amongst Tottenham Hotspur’s youth set-up has been about Dane Scarlett, and quite rightly too.
The 17-year-old has been touted for big things in north London and is now in line to do so after clinching his first professional contract earlier this week.
But Spurs are blessed with more than one potential star of the future in the forward position, and that’s even excluding the out-on-loan Troy Parrott.
Sitting amongst the Premier League 2’s most prolific goalscorers this season is Kion Etete, who has scored eight goals in his last 13 outings in the competition – the most for Spurs’ U23 side.
The forward was signed in 2019 following a successful trial from Notts County, where he made his senior debut aged just 16. His manager at the time, Harry Kewell, spoke glowingly after the game, he said (via the Nottingham Post):
“Kion was excellent. He held the ball up well, gave us an outlet and made life difficult for their defenders.”
Now 19, Etete is surely in line to make the step-up into Jose Mourinho’s first-team fold, especially considering that the likes of Scarlett, Alfie Devine and Marcel Lavinier have all been given a run-out this campaign.
At 6 foot 6 inches in height, the young Spurs prodigy could offer them something vastly different – the sort of towering aerial presence they’ve not had since Peter Crouch, or perhaps Fernando Llorente.
Of course, Etete still has plenty of developing to do before he can be truly considered for a promotion to the first-team, but he’s clearly doing everything asked of him in the U23 squad right now.
Spurs fansite Superhotspur has drawn on those Crouch comparisons further, and based on watching him in matches, claims the teenage gem is ‘tall’ and ‘physical’ but also has ‘skilful’ abilities on the ball and a ‘venomous right foot.’
And just like Crouch, Etete was poached from another youth system before finally making his mark at the north London outfit.
We know that Mourinho has always loved having a target man within his ranks, and according to football.london’s Alasdair Gold, Etete has “got the potential to be a good target man with his close control, strength and a bit of pace as well.”
For all of the clamour surrounding Scarlett, Spurs cannot forget that they have another in-form powerhouse chomping at the bit in the youth set-up.
Who knows, perhaps Etete could become the Lilywhite’s next Crouch, or even make a name for himself as their next unique sensation.