Tottenham Hotspur have many promising midfielders coming through the system.
In the summer, chairman Daniel Levy bolstered their academy options by raiding financially-struggling Wigan Athletic for young prospect Alfie Devine.
The 16-year-old was called up to the first-team earlier in the campaign and even scored on his senior debut against non-league outfit Marine in the FA Cup third round.
He has also been named on the bench for two Premier League fixtures, the latest of which coming last weekend at Aston Villa. He’s certainly one that’s earmarked for the future.
But Devine isn’t the only one.
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Jose Mourinho often included some of their U23 stars in the Europa League squad. For example, ahead of their second leg knockout clash with Wolfsberger AC, no fewer than six youngsters were called up.
One of which was Jamie Bowden, who has been at Spurs since he was just six. And whilst he didn’t come off the bench to feature that day, he could soon be the next to follow in Devine’s footsteps.
According to football.london, the 19-year-old is really well thought of in north London as he’s ‘extremely composed on the ball, capable of breaking up play and has a great range of passing in his locker.’
This is something reflected by the club’s official website, who describe the midfielder as a ‘deep-lying’ playmaker with a great range of passing.
Bowden has come on leaps and bounds this month for the U23s, scoring twice from defensive midfield in their last three Premier League 2 outings. He’s even captained the side on two occasions in that spell, as per Transfermarkt, too.
Spurs could well be onto their next Jamie Redknapp – that’s not because they share the same first name; there are far too many similarities between the two.
The former midfielder turned Sky Sports pundit was renowned for a couple of things – an ability to control the tempo of a match from a deeper role, deadly set-piece deliveries and of course, an unfortunate injury record.
These are all hallmarks of Bowden’s game.
Earlier this season, football.london claimed the teenager’s progress had been blighted by injury this season but still boasts plenty of talent. Whilst one of those two goals came from the spot, further adding to that set-piece skillset.
There have even been previous comparisons made to Michael Carrick and Harry Winks, who too are cut from the same sort of cloth as Redknapp.
The “talented young player” could well become a future star at Spurs should Mourinho continue to give him exposure to the first-team set-up, and in doing so, they may well have their next Redknapp.
AND in other news, Spurs dealt “significant” injury blow…