5 Tottenham Youngsters to Get Their Chance This Season
Developing young talent and having them thrive in your first team is a true sign of a successful club.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas may not start these five youngsters on a regular basis this season, but these five young players are sure to make an impact in some way, shape or form during the 2013-14 campaign.
Let's start with the youngster at Tottenham who has the best chance of breaking into the first-team lineup on a consistent basis.
Danny Rose dazzled last season out on loan at Sunderland, and, at the age of 23, he is poised to have a breakout season.
However, breaking into the first team at left-back will not be an easy task for Rose, as he will have to compete with veterans Jan Vertonghen and Benoit Assou-Ekotto for playing time.
With that being said, Tottenham will have plenty of fixtures to play this season and Assou-Ekotto is not known for staying fit for an entire season, which means Rose could be a key figure in a potentially long season for Spurs.
Tom Carroll was able to break into the Spurs' first team last season during UEFA Europa League action, as he appeared in four matches due to injury problems in the midfield.
Carroll does have an uphill climb into the starting 11 this season, as the depth in the midfield has grown with the arrival of Paulinho and the fitness of Sandro.
If the 21-year-old Englishman has any chance of making a contribution to the North London side this season it would be in the Europa League, which will present yet another grueling string of fixtures for the club.
Andros Townsend has suited up in a plethora of different kits since 2009 while out on loan from Tottenham, but this season may be his chance to earn playing time in the white and blue of Spurs.
Townsend impressed many with his loan spell at Queens Park Rangers during the second half of last season under his former manager Harry Redknapp.
Now with that performance behind him, the 21-year-old should be fully focused on standing out in the already crowded Tottenham midfield.
Just like Carroll, Townsend should get a shot to play during the UEFA Europa League matches, and if he does well during those matches, he could find his way into a key role during the stretch run of the English Premier League season.
Last season, many fans of Tottenham Hotspur thought that Harry Kane may have been given a shot to solve the scoring problems at the forward position.
With the team heading into this season with questions aplenty surrounding the current forward duo of Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor, Kane could be handed a starting spot by Villas-Boas.
While a loan spell at a lower division club may benefit him more this season, Kane may be forced into action for Tottenham with a pair of forwards in front of him who are injury prone and not exactly accurate in front of goal.
Iago Falque has faced the same fate as most of the young stars on this list.
Falque has bounced around from club to club on loan, Almeria being the latest, and he is still looking to make an impact on the first team in North London.
Just like the other players on this list, Falque's best shot of playing for Spurs this season will come in the Europa League and the domestic cup competitions.
If the 23-year-old Spanish winger can deliver a productive performance in those competitions, he could be one of the youngest players in AVB's matchday squad.
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