Can Tottenham's Tom Carroll become the new Modric?
The young midfielder is talented, but needs to break in to the first team to fulfil his potential
In November 2012, manager Andre Villas-Boas handed a Premier League debut to young midfielder Tom Carroll.
The 21-year-old academy graduate went on to make a further six appearances in the league, including in the north London derby against Arsenal.
Carroll endeared himself to the Tottenham faithful with his energetic, enthusiastic cameo performances; with many feeling he is ready to be given more chances in the first team this coming season.
The England under-21 international has shown the White Hart Lane crowd that he possesses fantastic vision and a wonderful range of passing not unlike that of his former teammate, Luka Modric.
Whilst the Croat isn’t exactly the most popular man amongst Spurs supporters for the way in which he left the club for Real Madrid, most would admit that he was a pivotal factor in Harry Redknapp’s successful reign as manager.
If Tom Carroll can emulate some of the success Modric had at Tottenham he can become a club great.
Carroll enjoyed his first taste of regular football when he joined League 1 side Leyton Orient in January 2011 on a loan deal for the remainder of the 2010-11 campaign.
This experience served him well and in the next season, he made his Tottenham debut, featuring in the Europa League and Carling Cup under Redknapp, before eventually joining up with Nigel Clough at Derby for another loan deal.
One worrying thing for Carroll would be the amount of midfielder’s Tottenham possess, with Mousa Dembele, Sandro, Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone, Lewis Holtby and new signing Paulinho to compete with.
With the array of talent Villas-Boas has to choose from in the midfield department, Carroll could find his opportunities limited, which would surely halt his progress. But with Tom Huddlestone and Scott Parker linked with moves away and with time on his side, Carroll could yet earn the starts his potential deserves.
Emulating the success of Luka Modric will be a tall order for the Watford-born 21-year-old and this coming season could be vital in his development.
But if Tottenham can watch him fulfil his undoubted potential, it could save them millions of pounds in having to keep buying new midfielders. Only time will tell whether this promising youngster will make the grade at White Hart Lane.
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