With plenty of talk around Harry Kane and whether he will commit his career to be a one-club player, some players are nearing readiness to step up to become the next key players for the club. Dane Scarlett and Oliver Skipp are amongst those who could become Tottenham Hotspur’s future stars.
Looking to Tottenham Hotspur’s Future Stars
17-year-old Scarlett has just signed his first professional contract with Spurs and manager Jose Mourinho has already been singing his praises this season.
Speaking to the Evening Standard following a cameo appearance at home to Wolfsberger Mourinho said: “Dane has incredible talent. I don’t want to speak too much because tomorrow I arrive in the building and the kid’s boss is going to kill me.
“I don’t want that so I don’t want to speak too well about him. I just want to say that he will be 17 next month and I want him to be part of the first-team squad next season.”
High praise indeed and Mourinho is clear that Scarlett will be part of the first-team squad next season. It remains to be seen whether he will be sent out on loan to get match experience or whether he will be given a chance to shine straight away.
What is certain is that the young man is seen as being a future star.
When Mauricio Pochettino was replaced by Mourinho, Cirkin trained with the first team on several occasions and is someone who has moved through the age groups with Tottenham. One of his proudest moments to date was starting a game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the U18 side in 2020 as the new stadium was going through its testing stages.
Cirkin has represented England at U16 and U17 level and was a key player in the Tottenham U18’s, gaining a second-place finish in 2018. He is considered to be quick and, despite his lean appearance, is strong on and off the ball.
With Davies and Reguilon around, he may have to wait for his moment and may well head out on loan next season to get the match experience to further develop him as a player and build a bright future with Spurs.
White is another homegrown youngster for Spurs and is currently on loan at Portsmouth, where he scored the winning goal in a League One match against Oxford United in February. He started the FA Cup tie against non-league side Marine in January and was accomplished in possession, as well as being accurate with his passing.
With Oliver Skipp likely to be a key player for Spurs next season after impressing on loan at Championship side Norwich City this season, White is likely to gain more experience out on loan before making his mark in the first team.
Parrot is only 18 but has already had a tumultuous career. When Mourinho first arrived at Spurs, there was much talk about Parrot as someone who could play alongside Harry Kane and even be a long term successor.
When Pochettino gave Parrott his professional debut for Spurs it came in a League cup defeat to Colchester United and the youngster failed to make the impression that many had expected.
He then headed to Millwall on loan but the move did not work out, although an injury early in his move did little to help him. Once he returned to fitness, he was not given many minutes and it resulted in a disappointing and frustrating move.
A further loan move to Ipswich Town has had a better start and he scored his first goal for the club against Plymouth Argyle on March 13, which turned out to be the match-winner.
It is worth noting where Parrott is concerned that, despite him not yet breaking through at the level many expected, Kane also struggled when he went out on loan, but those experiences didn’t ultimately do him any harm.
Skipp is one of Tottenham Hotspur’s future stars that has made the very most of his loan spell away from his parent club. He signed a three year deal with Spurs before immediately heading out on loan to Championship side Norwich City, where he has become a fan favourite.
He made 40 appearances for the Canaries and scored one goal, but it has been skill and desire to get the team attacking that has really caught the eye. Posts on social media platform Twitter saw Norwich fans telling Spurs fans that they have a serious player on their hands.
Mourinho has been impressed with Skipp and praised the success of the loan spell so far, telling hotspurhq: “It has been a very successful loan for us and also for Norwich, so we are very happy that he’s playing and he’s playing well, he’s playing to win, he’s playing to win title, so he has that pressure on him too.”
It won’t be lost on Tottenham fans that Skipp could return to Spurs as a player that has experience of winning a league title. Winning is winning at the end of the day no matter which league it is in.
It is hard to see anything other than Skipp returning to Tottenham at the end of the 2020/21 season and becoming a major part of Spurs future plans.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Future Stars – Verdict
Tottenham have several young prospects who will be wanting to prove that they can become the next big thing at the club and with a year where the coronavirus pandemic has limited income and debts still to be paid following the building of the new stadium, it could the be the perfect time for these youngsters to lead the way forward for Tottenham.