Tottenham Hotspur: Who Represents the Future of the Champions League Club?

James WillisAnalyst IMarch 7, 2011

Tottenham Hotspur: Who Represents the Future of the Champions League Club?

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    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01:  Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham at White Hart Lane on January 1, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
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    With rumours starting to appear that Tottenham are on the verge of signing one of the World's top youngsters, it could be time to begin asking who is the future of Tottenham Hotspur?

    According to numerous reports right around the web, Tottenham are close to securing a deal for Juan Jose Vea Murguia to sign in the summer.

    The 17 year old has expressed his desire to move away from River Plate and to play in Europe, particularly the Premier League. It is thought that he is already scheduled to have a meeting with Tottenham over a possible transfer.

    So just who does represent the future of this rapidly growing club?

Honourable Mentions

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    MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 15:   Aaron Lennon of Tottenham Hotspur beats Mario Yepes of AC Milan to set up the winning goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Febru
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    Aaron Lennon- The 23 year old is already an established member of the Tottenham team having made 163 appearances for the club. The winger has been to two World Cup's already and he still has years ahead of him.

    Gareth Bale- Once a jinx for Tottenham, Bale has started to fulfil his potential over the course of the last year, and at just 21, he is already being dubbed as one of the best wingers in the World. Some rumours have surfaced that Real Madrid would offer as high as £70 million to sign the player.

    Tom Huddlestone- At 24, he's one of the older players who could represent the future at Tottenham. With many flair players around him, Huddlestone regularly acts as the rock and the heart in the middle of a stunning midfield line up.

Juan Jose Vea Murguia

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    BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22:  Harry Redknapp the manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Bloomfield Road on February 22, 2011 in Blackpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Liv
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    Age: 17.

    Position: Attacking Midfielder / Second Striker.

    Reason: Although it will be difficult for the youngster to live up to some reports suggestions of "the next Messi", there can be no doubting the youngster still has talent.

    Regardless of reports trying to compare him to the World Player of the Year, Vea Murguia has still shown a huge amount of potential in his time at River Plate in Argentina and could well develop into a top class player.

    At just 17, he would probably end up playing for a Tottenham XI side for a few years with the occasional first team opportunity in competitions like the Carling Cup.

    Once he grows in experience though he could well be the club's next big star, especially if he ends up under the tutelage of Rafael Van Der Vaart and Luka Modric at the North London club.

    Chance of being key in club's future: 40 percent. (Provided he signs for the club.)

Danny Rose

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    BOTOSANI, ROMANIA - OCTOBER 12:  Daniel Rose of England U21 battles with Cornel Rapa of Romania U21 during the UEFA Euro 2011 U21 Championship play-off, second leg match between Romania U21 and England U21 at the Municipal Stadium Botosani on October 12,
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    Age: 20.

    Position: Left Midfield.

    Reason: Danny Rose is a huge talent, although there's one major reason he could struggle to become a key player for Tottenham in the future: Gareth Bale.

    The club's current first choice left winger is only one year older than Rose and so their careers will largely last the same time.

    Spurs also have further competition for the left midfield position in Niko Kranjcar and Steven Pienaar, making Danny Rose's task even more difficult.

    With that said, if Gareth Bale were to leave the club for a substantial fee, Redknapp may look to Rose to step up and at the very least become a future option on the left flank.

    Chance of being key in club's future: 30 percent.

Kyle Walker

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    SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08:  David McAllister of Sheffield United (R) challenges Kyle Walker of Aston Villa during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON 3rd Round match between Sheffield United and Aston Villa at Bramall Lane on January 8, 2011 in Sheffield,
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    Age: 20.

    Position: Right Back.

    Reason: The most promising player on this list in terms of his chance of being successful for the club in the future, Kyle Walker has already earned his first call up to the England squad.

    He came to many fans attentions after a bullet goal for his on loan club Aston Villa and has been putting in a number of very good performances for the club.

    This led him to be called up into the England squad to face Denmark last February, although he did not make his debut in the match.

    With Corluka and Hutton both struggling to find top form and also gradually getting older, there is a very good possibility that Spurs have their next right back already.

    Chance of being key in club's future: 75 percent.

Kyle Naughton

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    EMPOLI, ITALY - FEBRUARY 08: Gianvito Misuraca of Italy fights for the ball with Kyle Naughton of England during the international friendly match between Italy U21 and England U21 at Stadio Carlo Castellani on February 8, 2011 in Empoli, Italy.  (Photo by
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    Age: 22.

    Position: Defender.

    Reason: One of the older players on the list, Naughton has already made a number of first team appearances for the club.

    While he has struggled to make any sort of impact on the first team, Naughton has had plenty of experience with the England youth setup as well as at Tottenham.

    He may yet become a key player for the club, although chances are that he'll move on to a team that will be able to provide him with regular first team football.

    Currently on loan at Leicester City though, he may yet have a few more chances to prove his worth.

    Chance of being key in club's future: 30 percent.

Steven Caulker

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21:  Steven Caulker of Spurs reacts during the Carling Cup third round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on September 21, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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    Age: 19.

    Position: Centre Back.

    Reason: Steven Caulker has already made his debut in the Spurs defence, as well as having made a number of appearances in the England youth setup.

    It remains to be seen just how successful the player is when he gets a regular run of games in the club's first team.

    Regardless, it is clear how much potential the young defender has and just how highly Harry Redknapp rates him.

    It's always difficult to break into a club's first team especially as a defender, but if any centre back was to break through at Spurs, it would be Caulker.

    Chance of being key in club's future: 30 percent.

John Bostock

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28:  John Bostock of Brentford during the Coca Cola League One match between Brentford and Charlton Athletic at Griffin Park on December 28, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Jed Leicester/Getty Images)
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    Age: 19.

    Position: Midfielder.

    Reason: John Bostock has been one of the most talked about youth players at Tottenham for a long time.

    Since joining the club's academy in 2008 from Crystal Palace, the youngster has shown a lot of potential and could well be one of Tottenham's key players for years to come.

    With that said, he has so far struggled to fulfil all the potential he has shown and if he cannot develop his play further, he may struggle to break into the Tottenham line up.

    It's a difficult one to call as it could go either way, but if the youngster does finally start to fill all the potential he's shown and live up to expectation, then there's no reason he couldn't be a key Spurs player in future years.

    Chance of being key in club's future: 50 percent.

Thomas Carroll

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    Age: 18.

    Position: Midfield.

    Reason: The chances are that Carroll will not be able to become Tottenham's first choice left midfielder in the future, with Gareth Bale on such fine form. That is, unless Bale transfers somewhere else.

    Regardless, the youngster has the ability to play right across midfield and could well be a potential star in the making for Tottenham.

    He has flown under the radar slightly with regards to his development, but has had much experience out on loan as well as at Tottenham.

    Most recently the midfielder was included in Leyton Orient's Fifth Round FA Cup tie with Arsenal, earning him further experience. He has also earned a solid amount of experience in the England youth set up.

    Chance of being key in club's future: 30 percent.

Dean Parrett

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    FLERS, FRANCE - JULY 18: Emir Dilaver of Austria and Dean Parrett of England in action during the UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final Tournament Group A match between Austria and England at Stade du Haze on July 18, 2010 in Flers, France.  (Photo by
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    Age: 19.

    Position: Midfield.

    Reason: Parrett is another midfield youngster in the Spurs academy that has shown a lot of potential, although he has struggled in the shadow of some of the other youngsters that have been gaining more attention, such as John Bostock.

    Like many of the other players on this list, Parrett has had much experience in the England youth set up and has on occasion formed a strong midfield partnership with John Bostock.

    Parrett has also been in the Spurs first team before, making his senior debut in February 2009, in the UEFA Cup (now the Europa League).

    Chance of being key in club's future: 25 percent.

Andros Townsend

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    IPSWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26:  Andros Townsend of Ipswich Town moves away from Abdul Osman during the Carling Cup fourth round match between Ipswich Town and Northampton Town at Portman Road on October 26, 2010 in Ipswich, England.  (Photo by David Roger
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    Age: 19.

    Position: Winger.

    Reason: Townsend has already made his first team debut for Tottenham and, like Danny Rose, it was a debut that not many of the club's fans will forget.

    The winger scored the opening goal in Tottenham's FA Cup tie against Charlton Athletic, with a stunning shot from outside the 18 yard box.

    The youngster, who also has England youth experience, has been on loan at Yeovil, Leyton Orient, MK Dons, Watford, Ipswich Town and now Millwall to gather experience in the Football League structure.

    While he is yet to make any regular appearances or impact on the Tottenham first team, he definitely has the potential to do so, it just remains to be seen whether he can start fulfilling that potential.

    Chance of being key in club's future: 30 percent.

Harry Kane

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    NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur moves away with the ball from Paul Rodgers of Northampton Town during a Behind Closed Doors Friendly Match between Northampton Town and Tottenham Hotspur at Sixfields Stadium on October 1
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    Age: 17.

    Position: Attacking Midfielder / Second Striker.

    Reason: Harry Kane is the youngest player on this list currently playing for Tottenham.

    He has been mooted as one of the best youth prospects to come from the club for some while, although there should be caution on how much pressure is heaped on the youngster.

    He joined the club's academy full time in the 2009-2010 season and has already been on the first team bench twice.

    Following a great record of 18 goals in 22 under 18 appearances for the club, Kane was rewarded with a professional contract at White Hart Lane.

    It shouldn't come as a surprise if the youngster makes his debut in the Spurs first team next season, most likely in a Carling Cup match. He may also be loaned out somewhere to earn valuable first team experience.

    Chance of being key in club's future: 50 percent.

Jonathan Obika

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    CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 13:  Jonathan Obika of Yeovil Town battles for the ball with Yuri Berchiche of Cheltenham Town during the Coca-Cola League One match between Cheltenham Town and Yeovil Town at Whaddon Road on April 13, 2009 in Cheltenham
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    Age: 20.

    Position: Striker.

    Reason: The cousin of R&B singer Lemar, Jonathan Obika is born and bred Tottenham.

    Having made a number of loan moves in the past to earn experience, his performances for the Tottenham youth set up have been admirable.

    At the end of the 2008-2009 season, Obika was awarded the Spurs Breakthrough Award by the club's supporters after a number of good performances.

    He has also played a role in the England youth set up with the under 19's and under 20's, after performing well for the club's youth teams.

    Currently on loan at Swindon Town, Obika is trying to put in a number of good performances in order to force his way into first team contention for next season.

    Chance of being key in club's future: 20 percent.

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