Spurs have to make a statement this season and it starts with the transfers they make before the real action begins. With all the rivals ready to splash the clash, Spurs will spend too but have to do it wisely in order to not repeat the mistakes that happened with the Gareth Bale money. Last season was a comeback to the top of the league and though the main objective, winning the league was futile, the players will have gained experience for the future from it.
Mauricio Pochettino will begin his journey in the Champions League and the Argentine has his work cut out against the world’s elite. For a stellar performance on all fronts, new signings will play a huge role, be it sharing the workload with Harry Kane or bringing solidity in the midfield with an enforcer to partner Dembele when Eric Dier or the Belgian will require rest.
Along with that, it has been a long time since an academy graduate was a success story for the first team squad and with so much money invested in the academy, the supporters will expect to see a local lad progress in the first team and making a name for himself. There is no greater joy for the fans than to see one of their own playing for their beloved club and doing well. The youngsters who need playing to gain match time and improve on their experience should be sent to loan and their progress should be monitored closely. Let’s take a look at three such talented youngsters from the Spurs academy who can go out on loan in the 16-17 season:
1. Cameron Carter – Vickers:
The 18 year old has represented the USA in all age groups and has also made the Matchday squad under Pochettino this season. He was training with the first team squad when Jan Vertonghen was injured and the club sees the youngster as the heir to the Belgian. With Kevin Wimmer in the squad, Carter – Vickers will find it tough to get a place in the first team. He should be sent on loan preferably to a Championship club to get more match time and will thereby be ready for the first team in the coming years.
2. Nathan Oduwa:
Oduwa has had loan spells for the past couple of years and has gained experience in the lower leagues. But, the talented winger has to spend another season on loan as Spurs are effectively in the market for a winger and will reduce his chances even more along with the existing attackers in the club. The flashy winger has a lot of potential and should be given to a bigger team on loan to help him in his progress.
3. Harry Winks:
Just like Carter – Vickers, Winks has made a lot of appearances on the bench for the first team squad and has also represented England till the U20 group. The 20-year old is a deep lying playmaker who likes to set the tone of the game but with the likes of Dele Alli, Eric Dier present, the youngster will find it tough next season, to make it to the first team. It makes sense to send him on loan to see his progress when played regularly and can become another success story from the academy.