Tottenham Hotspur may have brought in no fewer than six new players during the summer transfer window but that shouldn’t stop them from continuing to promote from within.
The likes of Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Japhet Tangana are all prominent figures in Jose Mourinho’s senior squad.
And you can’t forget Ledley King, Ryan Mason, Jake Livermore and Andros Townsend from years gone by. It’s fair to say that Spurs know a player when they see one.
Could young full-back Dermi Lusala be next in line?
The 17-year-old has been a standout performer for the U18s, starting all but one in the U18 Premier League as well as featuring in the UEFA youth league.
According to the Guardian’s David Hynter, Lusala is a “tenacious and technically polished” defender who attended the school directly opposite the club’s training base – you couldn’t get any more homegrown than that.
Last year, he picked up five caps for the England U16 squad, even scoring on his second-ever appearance at international level.
This suggests that the teenager likes to contribute offensively too, which is reinforced by one scout report.
“He reminds me in some ways of how Kyle Walker-Peters used to play as a right back at the same age, as Lusala is just so skilful and capable of beating players with both skill and pace.”
There have even been reports that those from within the Spurs hierarchy believe “there’s a genuine feeling at the club that Lusala will come good on his promise” and that one day, he’ll follow Winksy into the first-team.
Given his position and skillset, might Spurs have a new Danny Rose on their hands?
Whilst the north Londoners didn’t bring him through the system, he was signed as a 17-year-old for £1m from Leeds which then gave him the platform to reach his potential.
Originally a winger, the attack-minded Rose quickly shot up the ranks to become their first-choice left-back for the best part of seven years after four loan spells away early on.
As he enters the final stages of his Tottenham career, it could be worth Mourinho’s time if he looks to Lusala to fill that spot in the near future.
The similarities between the 17-year-old and Rose are uncanny.
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