Whilst Spurs are rightly praised for how many quality youngsters are emerging under Mauricio Pochettino, it is also worth noting that some highly rated starlets are failing to make the grade at White Hart Lane.
In the summer, Ismail Azzaoui left Tottenham for Wolfsburg, having impressed in Spurs youth teams, with a true eye for goal.
Azzaoui reportedly felt his first team chances would be better served in Germany and Tottenham could not hold onto the Belgian, despite the fact he is considered a very good prospect.
Similarly, rumours surrounding the future of Milos Veljkovic have also swirled despite the fact the Serbian is rated as a player likely to play at the very highest level.
Veljkovic was part of the Serbian Under-20 side that won the World Cup in the summer and has been praised on a number of occasions by Tottenham Under-21 coach Ugo Ehiogu.
However, Veljkovic has not figured in the plans of Mauricio Pochettino, despite the fact Spurs are not overwhelmed with options in the defensive midfield position, where he can also play.
The 20-year-old defender is out of contract at the end of the season and looks certain to be sold in January, having confirmed to Sportske that he will not be extending his current deal.
Veljkovic: “I have told them I will not extend my contract which expires this summer. Both Red Star and Partizan Belgrade have been in touch but they did not promise me anything.”
The Spurs defender added that he would likely speak to the Serbian clubs after this week’s Under-21 games, and that Stuttgart are also interested.