With Tottenham Hotspur’s ongoing injury crisis, we take a look at the potential youth stars that Mauricio Pochettino could promote to the first-team squad.
The Spurs boss has a long-admired ability to develop youth and has recently said that the injuries to key first-team stars will allow the talented youngsters an opportunity to impress.
The three youngsters that have been training with the Tottenham first team on occasions this season are Timothy Eyoma, Jamie Bowden and Troy Parrott.
Inclusion in the senior group sessions is usually a very good indicator that Pochettino feels these players have what it takes to make the Spurs first eleven at some point in the future.
Eyoma turned 19 on Tuesday and he has already established himself as a regular in the Tottenham U23 side – he achieved this whilst still eligible for the U18s.
His rapid progress has shown no signs of losing momentum, as this season he travelled and played for the first team on our pre-season tour of the United States and made his first-team debut in our 7-0 victory over Tranmere in the FA Cup.
Eyoma’s brief Tottenham cameo showed him to be calm and composed on the ball and mature for his young years.
Predominantly a centre-half, Eyoma has also played at right-back for the U23s and his versatility may well help his cause in making further appearances for the Spurs first team.
London-born Eyoma has featured for England at U15, U16 and U17 level and is clearly rated as a youngster with a big future in the game.
He played every game apart from the final at the European Under-17 Championship in May 2017, where the Young Lions ultimately lost out on penalties to Spain.
However, he made up for the disappointment of that tournament by winning the FIFA Under-17 World Cup with England in India in October 2017.
Bowden is a local lad born in Middlesex in July 2001. He is a deep-lying defensive midfielder who can play as a central midfielder and has filled in at centre-half.
The rising star has a great range of passing and is definitely one to keep an eye on as he has trained with the first team on more than a few occasions this season.
Bowden made his first appearance in Tottenham first-team colours in the club’s pre-season friendly with Girona.
The stylish midfielder has been capped at both U15 and U16 level for England.
Parrott is the baby of the bunch; probably surprising when you consider how many column inches have been written about the young Irishman.
The promising striker was born in February 2002 in Dublin.
He came to the notice of the media during the 2018 European under-17 championships, making four appearances and scoring three times.
Parrott, who has already trained and travelled with the Tottenham first team, has been compared by many to a young Harry Kane.
He is skillful, intelligent with guile and touch, and most importantly has the knack of scoring goals at every level he has played at so far.