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Tottenham: 5 Candidates to Be Spurs' Next Star

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIFebruary 7, 2013

Tottenham: 5 Candidates to Be Spurs' Next Star

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    Tottenham has plenty of potential in the youth side and there are certainly a few candidates to be the club's next star.

    Of the players currently in the senior team, only Jake Livermore, Thomas Carroll and the on-loan Andros Townsend came through Tottenham's youth ranks.

    This new crop will likely change that situation if all goes well with their development. Players 21 years or older were not included in this list.

    While these aren't the only potential first-team prospects in the youth ranks they are the pick of the bunch.

    Here are five candidates to be Spurs' next star.

Harry Kane

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    Age: 19

    Position: Forward

    Harry Kane's recent loan spell at Norwich wasn't very successful, but there's still plenty to look forward to with this prospect.

    Kane showed his goal-scoring prowess in the youth ranks, scoring 18 goals in 22 games for the U-18 side.

    He earned some game time with Spurs during the beginning of the 2011-12 season and then impressed when he went on loan to Millwall in the second half of the season.

    Kane may yet see time in the remainder of this season as Spurs still have a lack of depth up front.

Massimo Luongo

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    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Like many others on this list, Massimo Luongo has experience with the Spurs first team.

    Luongo was part of Tottenham's NextGen Series squad during the 2011-12 season, and was among a few players who impressed.

    Luongo has good skills on the ball and is an overall solid presence in midfield. 

    He recently had a loan spell with Ipswich Town cut short after a management change but is certainly one to look for in the future.

Thomas Carroll

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    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Thomas Carroll is the most experienced of this lot besides Harry Kane.

    The creative midfielder has 16 first-team appearances to his name at the age of 20 and that shows how highly-rated he is.

    His technical skills and creativity are some of his key attributes.

Souleymane Coulibaly

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    Age: 18

    Position: Forward

    Souleymane Coulibaly got the attention of the football world with his impressive nine-goal haul in the 2011 U-17 World Cup.

    The young Ivorian has pace and power despite his small stature and his stint at the World Cup showcased his natural goal-scoring ability.

    He's currently on loan with Serie B side US Grosseto and Spurs will no doubt hope the experiences proves to be a fruitful one (via tottenhamhotspur.com).

    Here's Sky Sports Scout rating of the Ivorian youngster after he was snapped up by Tottenham.

Alex Pritchard

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    Age:  19

    Position: Midfielder

    Alex Pritchard really came into the limelight with his performances for Spurs in the 2011-12 NextGen Series season.

    Here's a great scouting report on the youngster from ESPN Soccernet which speaks of the players ability on the ball and his work-rate as two standout qualities.

    Pritchard is currently on loan at Peterborough and has already expressed his desire to continue impressing onlookers (via BBC).

    His star has risen fast and a good loan spell with Peterborough could lead to some first team chances next season.

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