Tottenham Hotspur: 5 Most Promising Spurs Youth Players

Max TowleAnalyst IOctober 26, 2012

Tottenham Hotspur: 5 Most Promising Spurs Youth Players

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    The Tottenham Hotspur Youth Academy may not be the best regarded of its kind in world football, but that's not to say it hasn't produced its fair share of prodigious talent.

    Notable alumni includes the likes of Glenn Hoddle, Sol Campbell and Nick Barmby in the past, whilst recent graduates Steven Caulker, Jake Livermore and Harry Kane are also set for big things on the domestic stage.

    The current crop of schoolboys and late-teens in North London are endowed with as much ability and potential as their predecessors.

    But here are the five most promising Spurs youngsters.

Alex Pritchard

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    Position: AM

    Age: 19

    Alex Pritchard's performances in the NextGen series have put both those within the club and without on notice.

    Previously at West Ham in his schoolboy years, the goal-scoring midfielder is capable of playing on the wing, or even in a deeper central position.

    Tricky, prodigiously skillful with an eye for a defence-splitting pass, the Englishman ticks all the boxes in the category "Future Star."

    The lively Pritchard recently scored two superb goals for the under-19 side in a clash against German opposition Wolfsburg, one being a curling free-kick, the other a 25 yard howitzer.

William Troost-Ekong

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    Position: CB

    Age: 19

    Dutch central defender William Troost-Ekong is another quality prospect who has alerted some of Europe's biggest scouts with his promising performances.

    Shortly before being capped for the Netherlands under-19 side last year, he spent a two-week trial at PSV Eindhoven, who showed great interest in a possible transfer.

    As well as having played in his native country, the well-traveled Troost-Ekong has also spent time at Fulham in his formative years, where he played on the wing.

    Standing at 6'3,"the converted central defender has the physical attributes needed to develop into an excellent footballer, once the more technical side of his game is honed.

Shaquile Coulthirst

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    Position: CF/RW

    Age: 17

    The free scoring Shaquile Coulthirst has been tipped by some as being one of the brightest jewels in the Spurs' youth teams.

    Last campaign ,he banged in 11 goals in 21 appearances for the under-18's, as well as striking several times in the NextGen series.

    Capable of playing on the right flank due to his blistering pace and quick feet, Coulthirst has not been as prolific in recent months as he was in previous age groups.

    But don't let that fool you, his potential is as great as any on this list.

Luke McGee

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    Position: GK

    Age: 17

    Having just turned 17, Luke McGee's prominence in the Spurs' youth setup is set to become increased.

    The English shot-stopper has been capped by England's under-17 team, but is also an accomplished cricketer, having played for Middlesex County Cricket Club for four years.

    A big man with great reflexes, McGee is proficient in the art of penalty saving.

    With Hugo Lloris now at the club battling Brad Friedel, first team action may be scarce in the immediate future for the young keeper, but he is definitely one to keep an eye on further down the track.

Souleymane Coulibaly

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    Position: CF

    Age: 17

    Perhaps the best known of all the youngsters on this list, Souleymane Coulibaly is a name that has been touted for the top for quite a while now.

    The Ivorian is a prolific goal scorer, having netted an astonishing 10 times in only seven appearances for the national under-17 side, as well as winning the Golden Boot at the 2011 FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

    Skillful and clinical in front of goal, he plays the game at a speed that will suit the furious tempo of the Premier League once he steps up a level.

    The young forward got playing time for the first team in Spurs' preseason games, but greater days lie ahead for the man tipped as the team's next big thing.

    Who else in Spurs' youth team impresses you? Which of these youngsters could one day play a prominent role in the first team's XI?

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