Spurs Youth Players - Where are they now?

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WookieD

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wharrgarbl 💫
Fantastic post! I too was gutted about Button leaving, was sure at one point that he could become our homegrown #1. I'd also like to nominate Calum Butcher, who saw some European bench time in 2009, for the list- he's had a pretty bizarre career, playing for a year in Denmark and then Hayes and Yeading before getting a contract with Dundee this season. Was moderately interested in his development with us before Caulker came along and blew everyone else away.
To be fair, Butcher and Caulker played alongside each other and a lot of people thought that Butcher was the talent. Shame really.
 
To be fair, Butcher and Caulker played alongside each other and a lot of people thought that Butcher was the talent. Shame really.

Yeah, I definitely thought he might be for a spell. He's still fairly young though, a good long spell starting and performing in the SPL might get his career back on track again.
 
Yeah, I definitely thought he might be for a spell. He's still fairly young though, a good long spell starting and performing in the SPL might get his career back on track again.

Which Dundee has he signed for? FC or United? Also the SPL has been rebranded. It's now the Scottish Premiership. But don't worry, the standard of football is still shite.
 
Ben Bowditch, another highly rated by people who like to unearth talent within our youth ranks just to say they spotted them first.

I believe he may have just signed on with Potters Bar Town.
 
Kane just looks lacking in the head for me. Lacking that sharpness, lacking that aggression and lacking the belief in himself needed to be a premiership striker.

I wager we will loan him out again before the window shuts, odds on Palace.

He might be a late bloomer, but IMHO as of right now Id be amazed if he ever makes a premiership start for us.
 

WindyCOYS

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My research wasn't as in-depth as I would have liked and at quick glance on spursodyssey I can't see any reference to a first team game, all reserve and u-18s.

Think you're right - in the squad for Nijmegen but not actually on the bench.
 
Hands up who thought Bale was a world class player at the age of 19 or 20.

Now hands up who wouldn't have blinked had we sold him on to Forest.
If you change that to if I thought he would become a world class player then yes!
 
Had Ronaldo in his pocket iirc, pretty much convinced me he was one hell of a footballer that day
Agree - and IIRC we've had a few who've done that. Corluka, good old slowcoach, reviled by many, had him in his pocket too. Such brilliant positioning, Ronaldo could do nothing. And young Phil Ifil had a blinder on debut, can't remember who he kept quiet, but somebody special.
 
Bale was a truly poor left-back. God knows why we persisted in playing him in that role but I guess it was the belief that he'd develop positional and defensive awareness in the same way Ashley Cole did (who was still a very poor defender when he got his first England caps). Lets face it, only injuries forced our hand into playing him in left midfield.
Jol played Bale in midfield, but managers after him didn't until injuries forced it
 

zin

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As for Carr regretting leaving Spurs for Newcastle, it was a very contentious transfer at the time but injuries had ravaged the attacking dimension of Carr's game and left him no better than an 'OK' right back. Before those injuries Carr was an exceptional player - he used to win the man of the match award nearly every week back on the days of Spurs Update forums (before they turned into Glory-Glory). They player we sold to Newcastle wasn't the player we had two seasons beforehand, not even a pale shadow.

Sure, he wasn't at the level of 1999/2000 but he was still one of our key players having played the most games for an outfield player the season before he left. We also finished 14th that season and we really needed our good players to stick around, he wanted to leave to win things - with Newcastle of all teams. That's what I meant by regretting it, not that we won anything for another few years.
 
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