Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the 2018/19 Premier League season, what with their team seeking to improve upon their impressive third place finish last term.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men deserve great credit for securing a third successive top four finish in English football’s top-flight, having finished third back in 2016, second in 2017, and then of course third last time round. Yet a title challenge still seems a way off for the North Londoners given they finished 23 points adrift of champions Manchester City, although some big additions this summer could well see them bridge the gap to the Citizens this season.
As such, there are many excited Spurs fans up and down the country, several of whom are wondering who could be the next youngster to break-through into the first team, and thus flourish under the guidance of manager Pochettino.
And based on his efforts for the Under-18 side at the North London club, that man could well be 17-year-old wonderkid Phoenix Patterson.
Unsurprisingly, it has been the form of Reo Griffiths which has hit the headlines in the last few seasons, especially last term given he scored 27 times for Spurs’ Under-18 team, but fellow attacker Patterson also shone for the side last season in netting seven goals and laying on eight assists in the South division of the Under-18 Premier League.
As such, the Englishman was one of the highest scorers in the division and indeed one of the highest contributors to underline his incredible talent and potential, potential that will surely be realised under the guidance of Pochettino.
The Argentine has an excellent track-record of nurturing and developing young talent given his stints at both Southampton and indeed Tottenham, what with the likes of Dele Alli, Eric Dier, and Harry Kane all becoming outstanding footballers under the stewardship of the 46-year-old.
Add in Harry Winks, and indeed Luke Shaw from his time at Southampton, and working under Pochettino must be hugely desirable for any young player out there – Patterson could well get that chance very soon indeed.
While the 17-year-old has yet to turn out for the club’s development squad, it is surely only a matter of time before he does, and if he is to perform for them in the same way he did for the Under-18s last time round, then it won’t be too long until he makes his senior debut.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!