Ranked! Tottenham's 11 best academy graduates in the last 25 years
11. Alex Pritchard
Before last season, Pritchard had been tipped to make his big breakthrough for the previous three years. He was talented, and his England U20/U21 caps are evidence of that.
Once Pochettino arrived and Pritchard was free of injury, it was assumed that he would be the next graduate to be promoted. But it never happened. There were murmurs about attitude – albeit ones which remain unconfirmed – and he made just two Premier League appearances before being sold to Norwich in August 2016.
He's too talented for the Championship, so don’t bet against him making it back to the top flight one day.
10. Steven Caulker
Superficially, Caulker has been a success. He did play first-team football for Spurs, was sold for an enormous profit and has also been capped by England.
However, revelations made in a recent interview characterised the struggle he (and presumably many other developing players) faced during his time at White Hart Lane. Self-doubt and anxiety evidently stymied his progress as a professional, and the picture he painted of life at Tottenham before Pochettino’s arrival was not healthy.
9. Ryan Mason
At the time of writing, it’s not clear whether Mason will ever play professionally again. He remains in recovery from that horrifying clash of heads with Gary Cahill last season, and his future is unclear.
Injuries have always conspired against him. Mason eventually broke through at White Hart Lane in 2014, taking a chance finally given to him by Pochettino, but that was only after a series of dispiriting loans and a couple of dreadful knee injuries which likely altered his trajectory forever.
Nevertheless, he is still a stable Premier League player and, hopefully, will get the chance to return to the top flight with Hull.
8. Peter Crouch
Originally not deemed good enough, Crouch was actually sold to QPR for less than £100,000 at the turn of the millennium. Embarrassingly for the club, the forward migrated back to the Premier League (with Aston Villa) less than two years later, before enjoying spells of varying success at Southampton, Portsmouth and Liverpool (also becoming a full international)
It was a tale with a happy ending. Crouch (having joined from Portsmouth) scored the goal against Manchester City in May 2010 that ultimately took his original club into the Champions League for the first time. Without that gloss - and the two successful seasons he spent at White Hart Lane - he would be an emblem of academy dysfunction to this day. (He's low on this list by virtue of Spurs not wanting him in the first place – and he didn't return for almost a decade.)