It’s Europa League time again tonight which means we are likely to get another glimpse of some of our youngsters although maybe not as much as we are used to. Players coming back from injury like Lennon and Pienaar means that Harry is going to want to get them some much-needed time on the pitch but you can bet your life he will be using all his substitutes to give the youngsters a run out too.
The youngsters like Livermore and Andros Townsend who are on the fringe of the first team are likely to feature plus we have Danny Rose back in contention after injury. Harry Kane is Likely to play up front with Pavlyuchenko but for me there is one player I am hoping to see again and that is young Tom Carroll.
Tim Sherwood is a big fan of Tom Carroll, the way he passes the ball, his vision, his touch and his skill reminds him of a young Iniesta and I happen to agree with him based on what I have seen.
Tom Carroll played against Hearts and PAOK and on both occasions he impressed me very much, he was only 19 but played like he had been a regular for 10 years. He didn’t try to over work the ball and pull of skill just to impress his way into the next game, he picked the best pass almost every time; a real team player.
I really hope we see this lad tonight, you will see what I mean if you keep an eye on him, sometimes these types of players don’t get the recognition straight away because they keep things simple and although that is the best thing to do in football there are many people who don’t notice it straight away. Carroll will need to grow a bit and build his strength up before he would be ready for Premiership action but for me he has been the stand out player for us in our last two European outings and I hope for those of you who haven’t seen him play yet that you get the chance tonight because I think we have a real gem on our hands there.
Tim Sherwood spoke of his potential too earlier in the week and the fact that Carroll is little but also how the likes of Xavi and Iniesta were released by Espanyol and Real Madrid before becoming the worlds best midfielders:
“He could play for them [Barcelona], no question,” Sherwood said. “He’s got the lot. He’s technically good enough, sees a pass, can pop it [the ball] round the corner and only Jake Livermore [the 21-year-old midfielder] runs more than him in a game in the first team.”
“He’s one of those who has needed a bit more time to develop physically,” Sherwood said. “He could have got released and I’m sure there are lots of Tom Carrolls who have been released. He’s never going to be giant but he will grow and hopefully not look like the mascot anymore.”Follow @TrfficTottenham