With Pre-Season now out of the way, our Premier League campaign begins with a tricky looking away trip to Newcastle for the Sunday early kickoff – a fixture in which we lost 5-1 to hand Arsenal second place two seasons ago.
A new season brings new ambitions, new teams, new stadiums and breakthrough players and in today’s article, I have written about the three Spurs players which I believe can make the breakthrough and establish their selves in and around Mauricio Pochettino’s first team this year.
1 – Kyle Walker-Peters
Position – Right Back/Wing Back
As one right back by the name of Kyle leaves, another one emerges. The Edmonton born 20 year old full back, who can play comfortably as either a right back or a left back, has impressed in the youth ranks over the last few years and was hugely impressive in the England under-20 World Cup this summer – the first time England has won a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup. Frighteningly quick, he posesses a real threat going forward, but will have to improve on the defensive side of his game, should he be given his chance in the Premier League this season – his first-half performance in the pre-season friendly against PSG highlighted his inexperience and positional awareness against a top team showcased this fact. Should Pochettino sign a replacement for Walker before the end of the transfer window, then KWP might see his chances limited this season, but don’t be surprised if he makes more than a handful of appearances this season should that not happen.
2 – Marcus Edwards
Position – Attacking Midfielder/Winger
Another home grown talent who was born in Camden, London, Marcus Edwards impressed everyone who watched youth/reserve level games last year and his low sense of gravity and ability to breeze past defenders saw Mauricio Pochettino liken him to Lionel Messi. After recently signing a new contract untill 2020, big things are expected of Edwards in the next few years and a cameo appearance against Gillingham in last season’s EFL cup highlighted the belief that Pochettino has in him to make an impact in first team games, despite being just 18 years old. With Lamela, Son, Alli, Eriksen and potentially other new signings being ahead of him in the pecking order, a loan move may be better suited for him to get experience this season, but with Pochettino’s track record of promoting youth, expect Edwards to be on the back of many fans’ shirts very soon.
3 – Harry Winks
Position – Centre Midfield
The third and final player on this list of ones to watch this season and it’s another English-born guy in Harry Winks. Although he made several appearances for the first team last season, a horrible ankle ligament injury sustained against Burnley in April ruled him out for the rest of the campaign and as a result has somewhat halted his progress. Before the injury, Winks was looking as though he would be the next one off of the Pochettino development line to earn an England senior call-up, following Dier, Kane and many more who have done the same under the Argentinian coach. Winks made his senior debut for the club on 27 November 2014 in the UEFA Europa League group against FK Partizan in a 1–0 home win at White Hart Lane, replacing Paulinho after 87 minutes and has not looked back since, putting in a string of impressive performances in the Premier League, eventually earning him a new contract which was signed untill 2022 in February this year. Technically excellent with a good work rate and energy, he quickly become a fans favourite and both himself and the Spurs faithful will be hoping to see more from him as he looks to kick-start his club career after his bad injury.
Are there any other players you feel may break through or feel fans should keep an eye on this season? Let me know via twitter @eastterrace00 or in the comments of this article!