Spurs’ young stars are catching the eye in the Championship
Tottenham fans who want to keep track of the club’s emerging talent by following the Championship, where the Lilywhites have an increasing presence.
FOR the majority of Spurs fans the Championship is probably out of sight, out of mind – and that is fair enough.
It is difficult enough keeping track of the incessant Premier League, European and international action these days without attempting to follow the next division down as well.
However, the second level of the national pyramid has become increasingly relevant for Tottenham supporters – particularly those who like to follow the progression of the club’s next generation.
Spurs currently have no less than 10 players in action in the Championship, thanks to Harry Redknapp’s policy of loaning his young stars out to gain experience.
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The Lilywhites do not have a reserve team but, given the increased coverage that the Championship gets these days, it is arguably easier than ever to follow the progress of Spurs’ brightest prospects.
Eight clubs in the old Second Division have Spurs players in their squads – a third of the division.
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Inevitably, they often go head to head. In fact three of Spurs’ brightest prospects lock horns on Friday night, in front of the live Sky cameras.
Leaders QPR travel to struggling Bristol City, and Kyle Walker (pictured), Steven Caulker and Danny Rose will all be on show at Ashton Gate – and on television screens around the country.
Walker was the stand-out star for the Hoops on Saturday in their goalless draw at Norwich, while any Spurs fans who tune in will also be able to see QPR’s ex-Lilywhites livewire Adel Taarabt.
Walker and Taarabt will line up against City’s Caulker and Rose, who have joined David James in Bristol for the rest of the season.
Rose made his name with the goal of last season in the epic derby win at the Lane back in April, and Caulker made his Spurs debut last month – also against Arsenal in N17, in the 4-1 Carling Cup defeat.
Having won every Player of the Season award at Yeovil last year, the promising 18-year-old centre-back scored his first senior goal at the weekend against Cardiff.
Elsewhere, Kyle Naughton became Sven Goran Eriksson’s first signing at Leicester last Thursday, and the right-back made his debut two days later in a 1-1 draw with Hull – who have John Bostock in their ranks – before scoring in a win over Leeds on Tuesday.
Ben Alnwick was on the bench for Leeds while Jonathan Obika plys his trade with Crystal Palace. Ryan Mason is currently at Doncaster, and Jake Livermore and Andros Townsend have become key players for Ipswich.