Tottenham Hotspur: What Does Villas-Boas Have in Store for Fringe Youngsters?

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Tottenham Hotspur: What Does Villas-Boas Have in Store for Fringe Youngsters?
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Andros Townsend is one of several youth team products to be currently hovering around the fringes of the Tottenham squad.

With Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Scott Parker back from injury, Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has considerable options to choose from in defense and midfield right now.

The return of Parker in particular, though, has consequences for three players who have had varying degrees of game-time in the England international's absence (though not strictly because of it).

Winger Andros Townsend and central midfielders Thomas Carroll and Jake Livermore have progressed through the ranks at Tottenham and have proven themselves of sufficient quality to be regarded as valuable members of the first-team squad.

While their fellow academy graduate Steven Caulker is now regarded as a genuine starting contender in defense, this trio are still seeking to elevate their status above being fringe players.

After time spent on loan they are balancing their occasional first-team appearances with regular showings in the Under-21 Premier League.

Competition for places has only intensified with the return of senior teammates like Parker. So what does the rest of this season have in store for this talented young trio?

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