With the summer window seeing several English faces leave White Hart Lane, Tottenham have come under fire for lacking English depth and replacing those Englishmen departing for foreign talent. It is without question that when purchasing from the Continent, prices are often cheaper, the most evident example is the £7million capture of Nacer Chadli whose English counterpart Tom Ince (linked with Tottenham) could cost £8million plus with some reports suggesting a £11million bid could have been launched by Spurs this window.
However despite this critic from some journalists, I understand that Tottenham hold the key to a very bright English future and although a large majority are gaining valuable Loan experience in lower divisions, Andre Villas-Boas is no stranger to giving younger talent opportunities.
During Pre-Season, Tottenham played English youngster Ezekiel Fryers for many a fixture, partly because we lacked depth at the back however nonetheless, Andre turned to a figure that had only been present within the Spurs setup since the January window. Zeki played well and told press on many occasions that playing with the big boys was a valuable experience. Zeki was rewarded and noticed by the England camp this week with a call-up to the Under-21 squad.
If you turn to the Tottenham Senior squad this year, you will too see that English talent is ever present. Kyle Walker and Danny Rose have both solidified a placement on either full back side and have vastly improved on their respective flank. Andre’s careful and tactical nature has seemed to have benefited Kyle over the summer with an obvious improved – yet not fully complete – set of performances. Danny Rose has absorbed some new traits after his time at Sunderland last season and has improved his attacking sense with a more keen sense of where to play the ball and how to challenge opponents – he too however has not fully grasped his defensive instinct after frequently getting caught out of positions. This however does not distract the attention of both the youngster’s vast improvement.
Andros Townsend embodies what English youthful talent is all about. He impressed so very much under Harry Redknapp on Loan at Queens Park Rangers last season and now with the faith and backing of the Tottenham manager, he has started 4 games on the trot for Spurs even capturing a goal away at Dinamo Tbilisi and winning a penalty against Swansea City. Andros – however greedy – is a real attacking trait and was rewarded with a call-up to the English National team in the last week. He excited Spurs fans and deservedly is leading the way to an exciting English future.
Tommy Carroll. Yet another English asset to Andre Villas-Boas. With the youngster setting off to QPR for a season-long Loan he has caught e eye of many over the summer period. I think Tom’s stand out performance was the Home game versus Dinamo Tbilisi where he showed vision, ability and completely controlled the midfield tempo with anything attacking having his name involved. Tom will be a star for Redknapp this season and I can easily see him being the Tottenham captain in the near future, he is that good. His role in the England Under-21 squad as of late only adds to the increasing English-ness of this Tottenham squad.
Harry Kane. The youngster has not always filled his full potential however recent cameo appearances have signified that the boy does indeed have talent. I have been impressed with the aerial threat he poses and especially at home to Dinamo Tbilisi, he has shown a keen sense of the goal’s position and is not afraid to unleash a shot or two.
In Tottenham’s 25 man squad for the Premier League season, they have included names such as Kyle Naughton and Simon Dawkins. Dawkins hugely impressed during his stint in the MLS and was unfortunate not to get a recurring role under Paul Lambert whilst on Loan at Aston Villa. Naughton impressed during his Europa League appearances last season however I feel a Loan is best suited for him this season. Who knows, their true abilities could come through when put into a new setup. Their future however under AVB remains strong as signified by their inclusion in the squad. The Loanees we have at Swindon including young Alex Pritchard and many others are performing so well and with them playing together, it can only benefit their future.
Our Under-21 team remains stronger than ever. After winning the league twice last season (I know it’s not technically true) and then being thrown into a pointless final at the Home of the opponents, Spurs were by far the strongest team out of the bunch and won the respective tables by miles. The management we have from Chris Ramsey is second to none at that level and his team including Les Ferdinand and Tim Sherwood allow lots of experience to flow amongst the ranks. I think this season will be no different and with the ability to call on talents such as Lewis Holtby and even Erik Lamela or Christian Eriksen (yeah yeah I know they won’t play for them) is only an added bonus.
But fundamentally, the point of this article is to show you arrogant ‘we have no Englishmen’ journalists that the English contingent at Tottenham is strong and powerful and most of all – the future is bright; the future is LilyWhite.