Shaq Coulthirst is being linked with a breakthrough into Tottenham’s first team after yet another impressive performance for the Lilywhites' under-21 outfit.
The Englishman scored in Spurs' 2-2 draw with Manchester City which followed on from scoring an excellent header as part of a brace in his side's unfortunate 5-4 defeat to Chelsea ten days ago.
It is easy to see what Spurs fans are getting excited about. Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, and Andros Townsend – the latter also featuring for the under-21s against Chelsea and City - all came through the club’s Academy, and it is that record of bringing young players through the ranks that gives Coulthirst such promise. Indeed, he could soon find himself playing up front alongside Kane once again.
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The 21-year-old has certainly earned his stripes. In a sense, it is remarkable he is still at the club, despite his lack of years, when it is considered that he has had no less than five spells out on loan. Leyton Orient, Torquay United, Southend United, York City and Wigan Athletic have all enjoyed the benefit of his services in recent years, while he has also featured for England’s under-19s.
His most prolific spell came at Southend, where he scored four times, though in contrast, his most recent outing at Wigan was far less impressive due to his struggles with injury.
Having only signed his first professional contract with the club just two-and-a-half years ago, Mauricio Pochettino must weigh up whether it is too early to push him into a first team run out.
It is vital that he is not rushed. Like Alex Pritchard, he has proven himself to be a potential candidate for the bench, but Pritchard has taken better advantage of his loan spells and is at present perhaps closer to a breakthrough than Coulthirst.
So far, Coulthirst has made just one appearance for the senior side, coming on as a late substitute in a Europa League match at home to Anzhi.
Nonetheless, it should not be too much longer before the youngster makes his bow in the Premier League – if not with Spurs, then elsewhere.
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