Date: 17th May 2018 at 8:00pm
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Keanan Bennetts will be joining Borussia Monchengladbach this summer, according to the Evening Standard. We are reportedly “relaxed” about the situation, and are just waiting to see what compensation we will get from the tribunal.

The England Under 19 international has performed well both in Premier League 2 and the EFL Trophy this season but the left back/winger looks to have given up making the breakthrough with us. The Standard believe Under 18 goal machine Reo Griffiths is considering the exact same move, with Bundesliga clubs also on his trail.

The issue of talent drain to Germany isn’t restricted to us. In the summer, Jadon Sancho left City to join Borussia Dortmund while U17 World Cup Golden Boot winner Rhian Brewster is being tipped to make the same move as Bennetts by leaving Liverpool to join Gladbach.

However, the trend of young English talent leaving for abroad is a concern. We have been one of the best at bringing through youth players into the senior setup but the challenge of winning the Premier League makes this an ever more challenging endeavour.

To win the Premier League, you have to spend, there is no getting away from that. With the exception of the aberration that was Leicester’s title-winning season, the investment required to win the league requires multi-millions spent on recruitment.

You only have to look at Mauricio Pochettino’s most recent comments to see that he believes “risks” have to be made in the transfer market in order to compete against the likes of Manchester City. If we don’t, it seems we could be condemned to be perennial also-rans.

Where that leaves promising talent like Griffiths and even Kyle Walker-Peters, it is difficult to know. In some circumstances, patience is rewarded. The likes of Harry Kane, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose had a number of loan spells before establishing themselves in the starting line up.

With the club also seeking trophies, and with the manager advocating more spending, chances for younger players to come through the system and get their chances may become fewer and far between. For some youngsters, the offers from abroad where first-team football is more readily available, look far more attractive than sitting tight and waiting for a chance that may never come.

Hopefully, I am reading to much into Bennetts’ departure. After all, Walker-Peters and Carter-Vickers have both signed new deals in recent days. Yet, it does seem this club may start getting caught between the push to invest in the pursuit of trophies, and the utilisation of young talent that has got this team to where it is today.


8 Replies to “The Youth Dilemma That Spurs May Face In The Pursuit Of Silverware”

  • You are relying on the manager’s judgement. Undoubtedly at some point one of these players is going to come good and we will look stupid. There’s no way you can give more than one new player a season sufficient game time at the club and Poch still seems reluctant to fully utilise the loan system. So its maybe not surprising if players start reassessing their options. What I find interesting is these young players are now looking abroad, something that never used to happen.

  • In the case of Bennetts possibly going to Borussia, he does have a German Mother and did play for the German U-15’s team before switching to play for England. So he does at least has some affinity with Germany.

  • Keanan Bennetts, joining Borussia Monchengladbach has now been made official.
    Good luck to the lad.

  • I can imagine it’s hard for Poch to get a really good look at these talented youngsters during the season. He can also see them in their own environment against their age group. Seeing them integrated with the first teamers who aren’t at the World Cup in July is such a massive opportunity for him.

    Also, I’m guessing in the next day or so we’ll see the annual list of the development squad who are released by Spurs. Joe Pritchard has already said his goodbyes after 14 years at the club. Other names will follow.

    This season Poch has only really used 24 players, the youngest of which are guys like Foyth, KWP and Winks. They are already 20 or over. Shows how hard it is to break into the first team squad.

  • Shqari of stoke, now I would swap him for Sissoko .. rumour has it he’s out for 12m sell 15 quids in and less wages win win.

  • If they’re good enough, they’ll get their chance. I see Winks as a first full first team squad member now and KWP is not far behind that. I guess it’s close to now or never for Carter-Vickers and Onomagh now. Are they good enough? If not, could be time to move them on and prioritise the likes of Foyth next for first team integration.

  • Its hard for our youngsters because we are competing at a higher level so theybhave to be exceptionally good to be trusted to play in the first team. I think MP will give a player a chance if they are good enough like Dele, winks and next season foyth, and this season sanchez but not all our youngsters are good enough for a top 4 team. Players like ccv, onamah had no choice to go out on loan and im not sure if they are good enough yet. Kwp has come on this season while training with first team and that is what youngsters got to try and achieve. Get into the first team training. I wonder about edwards, talented but hasnt got right attitude. Its hard and i suppose once a player hits 19, 20 they need to be playing regularly against men. When you look at dele, sanchez you see just how god they are, especially dele, he came as a kid from a lower league and took his chances.

  • As we will be in transition next season and probably for a few years after I think it’s time we really see the youth system.

    I hope we go down the route of having 22 players of very good quality then after that we use only players from the youth system.

    I would rather have 1-2 really good signings that will make an impact on the first team than loading the squad up with average players and stopping the progression of the youngsters. Which we have done in recent seasons.

    Next season I am hoping KWP is the new number 1 RWB. I also hope we sign another up and coming LWB. If Winks can over come injuries then I expect him to have a big season as the CM. CCV IMO is still way off first 11 football. However if he is here and Poch thinks he is ready then he should get game time against weaker sides. Would be a good way of testing the waters.

    I’m not sure Onomah is good enough and what the deal is with him at Villa. At this moment who else is good enough to make the step up?

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