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Goal.com looks at the young talent in the Tottenham side who can have their say in the next season.

Having finished fourth in the league, it looked like a Champions League play-off place was all but secured. However Chelsea’s victory in the Champions League final meant that the Spurs would have to be happy with a Europa League spot next season.

Spurs have replaced their manager Harry Redknapp with the former Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas. The Portuguese shall look to further improve the north London side so that they can at least make the cut for the Champions League next season.


Need youth...especially if he leaves

The appointment of Villas-Boas must excite the youngsters in the academy, as the former Chelsea boss loves to work with the younger lot. Lately there have been some players emerging from the academy, who are capable of playing in the first team squad. Goal.com has a look at the Tottenham youngsters who could be part of Villas-Boas' plans for the season ahead.

Tottenham
Harry Kane
Name: Harry Kane

D.o.B.:28 July 1993

Nationality:England

Position:Striker (CF/CAM)

Joined:  2009

Harry Kane has been a revelation for Tottenham during his loan spell at Leyton Orient. The 18 year old striker might just be what the White Hart Lane based club need to continue their goal scoring form next season.

Strengths: 

Kane is more of a number 10 and loves to play behind the striker. He has an amazing first touch and his skills on the ball are excellent.

Weaknesses:

Kane prefers to test the goalkeeper on a number of occasions but is guilty of not playing his fellow team-mates through when they are in a better position.

Recent performances:

In 2009-10, Harry had played 22 games for the Spurs Under-18s and had bagged 18 goals in the process. He was also instrumental for England reaching the Under-19 European Championship semi-finals earlier this year. In his recent loan with Leyton Orient, Kane had scored 5 goals in the 18 appearances that he made for the East London side.

Where he will fit into the squad:

With Louis Saha not needed and Jermain Defoe becoming an outcast, Kane may get his chance to shine for Spurs this season. While Tottenham are close to signing Emmanuel Adebayor, Kane will most likely still get his opportunity,

"Harry is fantastic and you can tell that he is a very talented boy that will go on to play in the Premier League one day. "He has got a lot of talent and he has been a huge boost for us since coming here in January"

- James Henry (Milwall winger)


Tottenham
Thomas Carroll
Name: Thomas Carroll

D.o.B.: 28 May 1992

Nationality: England

Position: Midfielder (CM)

Joined:  2008

Carroll is an exciting prodigy for the Spurs to rely upon. Starting off in a more forward role, Carroll was a sensation in the U-16 games for Tottenham. He was moulded into more of a midfielder thereafter.

Strengths:

Carroll always looks for the ball. This is his biggest strength which many good players tend to lack. He not only has a good vision but also has a powerful strike.

Weaknesses:

Not known to be a dead ball specialist, Carroll also has a tendency of sometimes giving the ball away too cheaply.

Recent performances:

Carroll has been impressive so far in his recent performances for Tottenham and also the sides he has been on loan with. He started off by scoring 56 times in 28 games in the Under-16 team. In the previous 2 years he has been loaned out to Leyton Orient and also to Derby County. In his 24 appearances combined, he has scored only one goal. He has also impressed with 10 goals in 21 games in the Premier Academy League.

Where he will fit into the squad:

With Modric being linked with a move away from the club, Carroll might get an opportunity this season. He will have big boots to fill and this might bring the best out of him. With Parker besides him and Rafael Van Der Vaart too, Carroll might just do fine in the Spurs midfield.

"I thought young Tom Carroll did well in midfield. He's only a slight little boy but he's a lovely footballer - he works hard and has a great attitude. But they all did well."

- Harry Redknapp (Former Tottenham manager)


Tottenham
Nathan Byrne
Name: Nathan Byrne

D.o.B.: 5 June 1992

Nationality: England

Position: Defender (CB/RB/CDM)

Joined:  2008

Tottenham’s defence received a major blow as their beloved Ledley King announced his retirement. Villas-Boas will surely be looking for a defender this summer but might not have to look far as he has Nathan Byrne waiting in the wings to take over. Bryne became a Tottenham player in June 2010 and has been loaned out to Brentford and Bournemouth in the previous seasons to prove his worth.

Strengths:

Versatility is the biggest strength of this young defender as he can play in a variety of positions. Preferred at the right back position, Byrne can also be used at the centre back and as a holding midfielder. Moreover his ability to win balls in the air is decent.

Weaknesses:

Switching off at times and not being quick enough is Byrne’s weakness.

Recent performances:

Nathan Byrne’s recent performances have been quite upto the mark. He has been on loan to Brentford where he has made 11 appearances and at Bournemouth where he has made 9. Lately he has been marred with injury and has been recovering from it.

Where he will fit into the squad:

With Ledley King’s retirement, Tottenham are left with only three defenders-Jan Vertonghen, William Gallas and Michael Dawson, though S. Caulker might return from his loan spell to Swansea. With Dawson returning from a long term injury, Gallas having not impressed so far and Vertonghen being the latest addition in the squad, Byrne might prove to be a good cover for the centre back role. In the right back department Byrne can also help out Kyle Walker if needed. He can also be deployed down the middle as a cover to Parker.

"I would like to thank him for his efforts while he was with us. He was a great lad to have around the place and remained very positive throughout his rehabilitation. He was a good pro, a good trainer and a good lad."

- Bradbury (AFC Borunemouth manager)


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