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Future Stars

A nice quick, basic article describing what I, and many others consider to be the next generation of World Class footballers.

Handy during the current climate where everyone wants extortionate amounts of money for mediocre players while very few teams are willing to pay more than spare shirt button for genuine talent. Below is a list of money saving prospects that I believe Mr Levy could take a look at...

Kurt Zouma French born Centre Back with talents way beyond his 18 years. Zouma broke into the St Etienne first team at the beginning of last season and has went on to establish himself in the first team making just short of 30 appearances for the club since then. At 6' 2' with an athlete build, Zouma would draw comparisions with a young Rio Ferdinand...he's good on the ball, is lightning quick across short distances and strong in the air.

Gabriel Torje Romanian right winger who is also more than adept on the left. Torje is 23 and currently plays from Spanish club Granada on loan from Udinese. Torje, while maybe not having the outright pace of somone like Aaron Lennon, shows a far greater ability to find an end product when pushing forward. Good in front of goal and tenacious he would remind you of Luis Antonio Valencia.

James Rodriguez Probably the most well known on the list. Rodriguez is a columbian playmaker who tends to play off the striker ala Van Der Vaart but is also quick enough to perform admirably on the flanks. He's now in his 3rd season with Porto and is coming off the back of a great season in 2011/12 where he scored 14 goals in 38 matches. While Rodriguez would cost a fair sum to sign now, it would a quarter of what he'll be worth in a year or two's time.

Julian Draxler. Draxler is a 20 year old German winger who can opperate on both flanks. Although right footed, he tends to opperate almost as an inside forward for Shalke on the left hand side of their midfield. He's now in his 3rd season with Shalke, in that time reaching almost 60 Bundesliga games and with more than 20 European games under his belt. He's well experienced for someone so young.

Serge Gnabry Another young, attacking German. However at only 17, he is some way off the standard of some the names on this list. Gnabry tends to opperate just off the front man or on the right side of midfield. He's very raw as you'd imagine but his pace, technique and tenacity sets him apart from other players in his age group. The main problem we have with Gnabry though is, he's currently on the books at Arsenal.

James Ward-Prowse The only Englishman on the list is currently employeed by Southampton. Ward-Prowse has made 12 appearances for The Saints this season and has shown composure and talent far beyond his years. Admittedly at only 18, he's nowhere near ready to play at the level we do on a regular basis, butthis central/attacking midfielder looks set to become the latest in a long line of former Southampton youngsters that have gone on to set the Premier League alight.

Written byKierzoSBC




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Date:Friday January 18 2013

Time: 3:38PM

Your Comments

Agree big c - it will be criminal if we don't bring in reinforcements this tie round. I really don't think we will get top four without at least a striker. There seems to be no movement at all which is starting to concern me.
thfan
Cannot comment on these potentials I don't have the in depth knowledge.
thfan
Surprised Will Hughes from Derby County wasn't mentioned, good piece still Kierzo
Ossie
Kierzo: Are you hoping to get a job as Spurs scout...?
TonyRich
thfan - it is not 31st of Jan, so of course no movement yet...
TonyRich
Scout? We have them? I just thought we pretended to be interested in marquee names and then bought freebies and unwanted payers on deadline day
spurticus87
Here's one Levy could take a look at. White Hart Lane stadium, huge potential, currently underused, and definitely world class if worked on. Come on Mr. Levy, you promised WHL a bigger part in 2001 and all the fans are still waiting to see it realise its potential.
lordjohnny
BigC - I think that we are more in danger of a collapse due to tiredness & injuries. AVB has to spread the appearances around more. 16 league games left in the league, plus FA Cup and Europa league... A striker is mandatory based on that argument alone. Defoe will run out of puff with no help.
TonyRich
Kierzo: You are a over-cooking some of your comments by the way.... Gabriel Torje has "far greater ability to find an end product" than Lennon? A very bold statement given that Lennon currently tops our assist table...and Torje's assist record is not backing up your statement.... But I'll take your word for it. He scores as many as Lennon tho... Lennon is delivering this season....
TonyRich
What about Pritchard? Or Fryers...oh wait a minute COYFS!!! I'll be so pi$$ed if the snows prevents our game.
hudderspur
We need to buy players who are in their prime now. Start with Siem de Jong, 41 goals for Ajax in 124 games. Not bad for a MF. He can take corners and free kicks as well. He is only 23(good sell on value).
dannylane
So hungry you could eat a horse?............We've got you covered....Tesco......every little helps.
TQ2Spurs
Yeigh !...Townsend....right on lennons "tail". Just a "head" in it !!
82spursdebut
Yes, no doubt our youngsters will continue to enhance the football league.
82spursdebut
Fryers, Pritchard, Luongo, Smith all look very promising and all need to find playing time. If we don't get Pritchard involved, he will be gone.

As for future stars, I think that Draxler's teammate, Son, must make that list. So too Isco, who I believe will be special. I still believe as Castaignos will prove me right too. Ossie, I also agree (now this is becoming worrying) on Will Hughes. COYS
peterballb
Tiredness due to too many games......not enough burgers, me thinks. Just reduce training, between games.
82spursdebut
Saw a man eating a burger in Tescos ,i asked him "Why the long face " Don't get it.
lordjohnny
horses have long faces
82spursdebut
Oh, I see. So the guy in the joke bought the frozen Tesco burger, took it home, cooked it, went back to Tesco and ate it, and it turned his face into one similar to a horse, which gave rise to the comment. Yep, that works as a joke. I'll use that.
lordjohnny
lol Lordjohnny
Ossie
Peter if you're talking about Son Heung-Min then he plays for Hamburg while Julian Draxler plays for Schalke. Not quite team mates but as you say, both are prodigious talents.
BlackStar Spur
Blackstar, you are right. Got ahead of myself there. Was going to also mention Howedes but then thought he was too old to be considered in the list. On Howedes, his contract is up next summer. Better than Vertonghen in my books. The two together would be scary good. COYS
peterballb
Son...looks a reasonable buy. Draxler is in my fifa 13 xbox (spurs 10th season)...squad.....and i do not want to sell him !!!....lol
82spursdebut
hey big c, how about a sergar burgar, :-)
terrytap69
Tony Rich, he can't get a job as a Spurs scout, unless he is a sixer, and has at least 10 badges, keeps his knees clean an wears his woggle at all times.
Frank
Sorry BigC. I was a bit of a see you next tuesday, wasn't I. My apologies. Oh, and yes I'm very highly strung, and couldn't help meself.
lordjohnny
Lamela, schurle- who knows? Spence looked pretty good at RB for Spam....Hoilett looked good last year, rodwell looked like he was going to push on...there's an element of luck, having good advice, having a strong mentality as well as having the talent....but they all benefit from playing....
shedboy2
@least levy and tesco are keeping the company "stable"
123spurs
Tony - I think what mean is in comparison to Lennon's ability almost 3 years ago when he was Torje's age. Lennon is doing really well this season but any Spurs fan will tell you that he is very much at form's mercy...and when he's not on his game he's practically useless. Townsend ad Falque look decent prospects but should Lennon pick up an injury or a drop in form I feel we need a winger who can step in and perhaps even make that right wing his own. Torje could well be that man...and at a relatively small price.
KierzoSBC
Ossie - i like Will Hughes and also Jon Williams at Palace. Very similar, young British attacking midfielders. A couple of years ago these two players would already have singed for us...say what you want about Comolli (he's a****) but he had a real enthusiasm for signing talented youngsters.
KierzoSBC
82spursdebut, the players will go where the money is. If money is equal, they will go for the glory as well as the money. COYS
peterballb
Looks like Sir Alex has a keen eye as well...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2267906/Alex-Ferguson-targets-Kurt-Zouma.html#ixzz2IwDUb7bK
KierzoSBC
 

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