Tottenham appear to have turned a corner under Antonio Conte and according to Football Manager they have a litter of talented youngsters in their ranks, but how have their top nine prospects fared in 2021-22?
Spurs’ current blue-eyed boy Harry Kane was a product of the club’s academy and while developing a player of his caliber may prove difficult for some generations, there are plenty of up-and-coming talents on the Spurs books.
We’ve identified the top nine prospects (according to FM Scout) and investigated how they’ve fared away from the interactive world during the current campaign.
Dorrington is described by the Spurs’ official website as a “commanding central defender” who was born in April 2005. Gross, right?
He has been capped for England at Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 levels and remains in Tottenham’s youth system, playing 17 times for their Under-18 team this season and scoring during their recent loss to Fulham.
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Devine enjoyed the highest ‘ceiling’ of any Spurs player in Football Manager 2022 and some observers have suggested the midfielder become Conte’s ‘Barella’ figure.
“He’s a boy with good potential,” José Mourinho said last season. “Basically he is a midfielder but with an instinct to appear in the finishing zones and score goals. We like him.
And, aged just 17, Devine has been sweeping Wayne Burnett’s Under-23 side, scoring nine goals and registering three assists in his 15 Premier League 2 appearances this season.
Devine still has a long way to go, but he possesses all the qualities to become Spurs’ midfield dynamo for years to come.
𝟏𝟔 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐥𝐝 and scoring for the Spurs 🔥
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 11, 2021
Papa Matar Sarr
Spurs beat Manchester United by signing Sarr last summer, but the Senegalese midfielder was immediately loaned to Metz for the 21-22 campaign, and he is not impressed.
In fact, in more than 20 Ligue 1 games this season, he has only scored one goal, recorded one assist and created a huge chance for his teammates.
Numbers that hardly correspond to a player that Fabio Paratici described as “one of the most talented in Europe” and a “great signing”. Spurs fans expect Sarr to show significant improvement next year.
Following a successful loan spell at Portsmouth last season, White has shattered Premier League 2 this season as Spurs captain.
With five goals and six assists in 18 appearances, the midfielder has underscored his potential and Conte reportedly called off a loan deal that would have seen White leave the club in January.
“From what I’m told, Tottenham have agreed a loan deal for White,” John Wenham told Football Insider. “Just up to an hour to the day of the deadline, something was written in pencil.
White is the most advanced player in our youth academy and working with the first team for the next six months may be in his best interest.
“He will be there every day working with [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg and [Rodrigo] Bentancur, which is exciting”.
— thfcreport Academy (@thfcreportAcad) November 22, 2021
After arriving in London last summer, with the shit cult Erik Lamela heading to Sevilla, Gil only played a supporting role at Spurs before joining Valencia on loan in January.
Gil logged just 87 minutes of Premier League action spread over the course of nine matches before returning to his homeland and recently spoke about his difficulties adjusting to English football.
“In the Premier League, training is very physical, very hard,” Gil told AS in March 2022.
“And that has helped me not feel fatigued now. The adaptation, for me, was difficult. It is a very physical football. Back and forth. Being there has been good for me, although I didn’t play as much as I wanted to. I am more mature
“I changed habits like eating. I had a chef at home and I gained two kilos. Even so, I noticed that it was not enough for the physical level that there is in the Premier League.
Scarlett is considered an up-and-coming talent by the club’s management and has reportedly received a contract offer.
The youngster has already made 10 senior Tottenham appearances after making his first-team debut aged 16 in November 2020.
Seven of them have come this season, including three starts in the Europa Conference League, and Scarlett has a huge fan in Mourinho; Speaking to The Times last July, the former Spurs boss said the teenage sensation “is going to be phenomenal.”
Spurs fans will hope and pray that their former manager’s assessment is correct.
Donley is another Spurs prospect who was highly rated by Football Manager and is already the subject of an international tug-of-war between England and Northern Ireland.
The striker was also named by The Guardian as Tottenham’s best freshman and John Wenham has given an indication of his position at Spurs.
“That report was successful,” Wenham told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild in October.
“This time he went to England and scored another goal off the bench. Now it’s 10 goals in 10 games for Tottenham and their national teams.
“He guarantees you a goal every time he plays. He is progressing very well and I don’t think it will be long before we see him move up the age groups.”
Donley has reportedly trained with the first-team squad and has scored 10 goals, as well as providing four assists, in just 12 Under-18 games for Spurs. He could be very, very good.
🦂 You voted Jamie Donley’s goal against West Brom U18s as your goal of the month for October. 🎉 pic.twitter.com/zPeM1T6xBh
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 9, 2021
One of the many, many black marks against Jose Mourinho’s time at Spurs was his reluctance to use Parrott, preferring instead to loan him out to Millwall and Ipswich Town last year.
But the young striker is currently on cloud nine after scoring a last-minute winner for the Republic of Ireland against Lithuania last month.
Asked afterwards if it was the best moment of his fledgling career, Parrott said: “By far. With much. To score the winner so late in front of home fans, maybe a mile or so from my house, was honestly amazing. I’m still shaking now.”
Parrott has also scored crucial goals for MK Dons in their bid for promotion to the Championship. We wouldn’t bet against him getting a chance at him at Spurs next year.
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