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Spurs wonderkid Cameron Lancaster now in America’s second tier

Around 10 years ago, Tottenham Hotspur had two young strikers on their books who looked destined for the top. One was Harry Kane and the other was Cameron Lancaster.

The former has gone on to become one of the top Premier League strikers of his generation as well as England captain, whereas the latter currently plies his trade in America’s second tier with Louisville City.

So where did it go wrong for Lancaster, who was seemingly ahead of Kane in the pecking order during his time with Spurs’ academy?

After a goalless spell with Dagenham and Redbridge in League One, the teenage forward returned to White Hart Lane and would make his Premier League debut in the 2011/12 season.

He trained regularly with the first team, alongside top talents such as Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, and there seemed to be little that would stop Lancaster from making it in the big time.

Would Lancaster have been as good as Kane?





Kane would have to wait for the following season for his Premier League debut, having spent time in the Championship with Millwall and League One with Leyton Orient, which suggests that Lancaster was rated higher than Kane at the time.

Sadly for Lancaster, that would prove to be his only appearance in a Spurs shirt. The striker was training with the first team under Andre Villas-Boas when he picked up a horrible groin injury which ruled him out for more than a year.

Not long after making his return to fitness, Lancaster would injure his ACL, which would spell the end of his chances of making it at Spurs, and he was released at the end of his contract.

After a brief, unsuccessful spell at Stevenage, Lancaster made the move to America and has enjoyed a good career with Louisville City, notching 77 goals in 144 appearances for the Eastern Conference side.


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While it is impossible to say if he would have had as good a career as Kane has had at Spurs, with Jimmy Greaves’ goalscoring record comfortably within the 29-year-old’s sights, there is no doubt that injuries ruined any chance that Lancaster had of making it at the north London club.