Tottenham Hotspur: Examining the Youngsters' Performances Against Hearts

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Tottenham Hotspur: Examining the Youngsters' Performances Against Hearts
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Tottenham's Andros Townsend battles with Rudi Skacel of Hearts in the two club's Europa League tie at White Hart Lane.

It has been a while since Tottenham Hotspur last produced a crop of youngsters who made it as regular fixtures in the first-team. The last time was in the late-1970s, when a group including Marc Falco, Chris Hughton, Paul Miller and Glenn Hoddle revitalised the club in the post-Bill Nicholson era and played significant roles in the successes of the following decade.

In the years since then, for a variety of reasons, the academy hasn't been quite so fruitful. Ian Walker, Sol Campbell, Stephen Carr and Ledley King have all come out of the youth team at different points to become important players for Spurs. Others like Luke Young, Stephen Kelly and Jamie O'Hara all paid their dues at youth and reserve levels and though they made it to the first-team, had to move elsewhere in the Premier League for regular football.

This week's Europa League encounter with Hearts offered the suggestion that at last a new influx of young players might be ready to chance their luck at the top level with Spurs, with debutantes Harry Kane, Tom Carroll, Ryan Fredericks and Jake Nicholson joining Andros Townsend and Jake Livermore in getting the chance to impress at White Hart Lane.

With Tottenham holding a 5-0 aggregate lead against less than stellar opposition it was hardly the greatest test. Still, the reward of competitive action in European competition is hardly to be sniffed at with genuine first-team opportunities so rare, and each of the six looked keen to impress.

Here now is a player-by-player look at how the six fared against Hearts, with a brief look at their immediate prospects.

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