Tottenham Hotspur: 5 Best Players Set to Emerge from Youth System
Youth systems are arguably one of the least looked at and undervalued aspects of an organization among casual fans. Teams, on the other hand, put more than enough stock into their youth systems to ensure that they produce good players.
Since Tottenham Hotspur has begun the 2012-2013 campaign in a less than ideal fashion, taking a look at their youth ranks could be beneficial towards their future.
The English Premier League is a top-heavy league in the sense that the better teams are the ones who spend the money to get the best players. Tottenham doesn't have this luxury.
They'll need to rely on their youth squad if they are going to make a run at the title within the next few years. Luckily, they have a few players with a promising future.
Here's a look at the five best players to emerge from Tottenham's youth squad.
How do these stats sound?
Nine shots. Nine on target. Nine goals.
His ability to score goals isn't at the Premier League level yet, but there is no denying that he is on his way.
Within the next two years, Souleymane should be on Tottenham's squad, and it wouldn't be out of the question for his name to be well known within five years.
His growth should certainly be fun to watch.
Cameron Lancaster has the same advantage as some other players on this list in that he already has Premier League experience for Tottenham. Oh, and he's only 19 years old.
Lancaster came on in the 78th minute against Wigan Athletic earlier this year, and although he didn't do anything statistically well, the man still saw the field.
The list of necessary improvements for Lancaster is long at this point. He needs to develop more of a physical presence so that he isn't outmuscled when he takes the pitch.
Working on being a dangerous substitute and not just a player that goes through the motions, is also important.
Give him a little time though. He's clearly on the right track and his future looks very bright.
Let's go ahead and call Harry Kane the scorer of the group.
"In the 2009/10 season Kane played 22 times for Tottenham’s Under-18′s, scoring an impressive 18 goals, he was also named on the first team bench for two matches last season, which is no mean feat for a 17 year old in what is a strong Spurs’ squad."
Kane already came on in the 86th minute for Tottenham in their 2012-2013 season opener against Newcastle United. Four minutes and a little bit of extra time isn't anywhere close to seeing enough to be able judge and predict on how he'll do this season.
Kane needs to trust his skills when he hits the pitch. They have gotten him this far, and if he trusts them then don't be surprised to hear some updates about Kane this year.
Thomas Carroll joins the list as another player that has been fortunate enough to get international experience. In 2011, he got called up to the U-19 England National team.
He only played in one match, but it shows that he is working his way up systems, similar to what he's doing for Tottenham.
Carroll has been loaned out to other teams each of the last two seasons, but he also saw action in seven games for Tottenham last year.
His small stature defines his game as a midfielder and is probably one of the reasons that if feels like he plays with a chip on his shoulder.
He'll have to get stronger in order to put up with the daily toll the game takes on the body, but he certainly could have a good future with the club.
Steven Caulker received some of the most valuable experience known to soccer players. He was a member of Great Britain's Olympic team.
Making the team is one thing, but playing in all five of their games and starting in all of the group stage games is a major accomplishment. Getting Olympic experience at only 20 years old is a great accomplishment, and should contribute towards his growth as time goes on.
He made an appearance in 26 games for Swansea City while on loan this past year so he clearly isn't scared to play in the Premier League. Caulker also possesses great size at 6'3", an asset that he uses to his advantage while playing.
Caulker signed his new Tottenham contract this past June after going through the youth squad and a series of loans.
Whether Tottenham chooses to move him remains to be seen, but if he stays on the squad, one can't help but think that he'll do nothing but compete and play well.