Tottenham Hotspur‘s academy has a knack for producing goalscoring talent with perhaps the finest example being Harry Kane.
The England skipper has gone onto find the net 256 times across 398 appearances for the Lilywhites since making his debut back in August 2011.
Young hopefuls such as Troy Parrott and Dane Scarlett seem the most likely to follow in his footsteps and both are following his blueprint by going out on loan in the EFL.
But for the U18s, there is someone who could disrupt such an expectation.
Enter, Will Lankshear.
According to Sky Sports at the time, the teenager was considered among best strikers of his age in England and came to N17 as the U18 Professional Development League’s top-scorer.
Described as “highly-rated” by reporter Lyall Thomas, Lankshear has now made an instant impact in north London.
On Saturday afternoon, just a few hours before the senior’s 1-0 win at Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League, the 17-year-old gem bagged a brace on his U18 debut, the second of which was a crucial 97th-minute equaliser to snatch a point from Wolverhampton Wanderers’ grasp.
“Delighted to get my first few minutes in a Tottenham shirt and to top it off with 2 goals. On to the next game,” he tweeted after the match and this is surely a sign of what’s to come, given just how big a success forwards have been in this current academy setup.
Just like Kane, Lankshear was once on the books at arch-rivals Arsenal, so if anyone has the biggest potential to be the true heir to the Englishman’s throne, then it could well be the new U18 marksman.
It may only be a matter of time before he’s in and around the U23s, particularly with both Scarlett and Parrott away from the club for the time being.