This summer, Spurs broke a transfer record. They became the first European club since the introduction of the summer transfer window in 2003 to not make a single signing.
This leaves the squad intact unless a continental European club comes knocking on the door for one of their players. The continental transfer window closes August 31.
One the plus side, Spurs will have squad continuity since they don’t have to integrate new players into the system.
Especially since the knee injury Victor Wanyama picked up in preseason, this leaves the door open for Spurs youth products.
21-year-old Luke Amos responded to the challenge.
After a recent loan spell at League Two side Stevenage, manager Mauricio Pochettino brought him along on their preseason tour of the United States.
Amos took full advantage of his opportunity.
He impressed Pochettino with assured performances against Roma, Barcelona, and AC Milan with passing ability and his ball retrieval were on full display.
As a reward for his performances, Pochettino included him in the 18-man squad that traveled up to Newcastle for their first Premier League match.
While Spanish striker Fernando Llorente was originally supposed to replace Harry Kane, an injury to Eric Dier forced Pochettino to bring Amos on to see the rest of the game out.
The score remained 2-1 in favor of Spurs.
Pochettino revealed to football.london what he said to him before he came on:
“He was so relaxed and calm and I said ‘Come on, you need to show energy’, He was so calm and relaxed and I said to him you just play how you know how to play, easy and enjoy. Football is about enjoyment.”
The message clearly got to Amos and was overjoyed about his debut as he took to Twitter
Good win and pleased to make my premier league debut. Thank you everyone for your messages😀💙 @ St James’ Park https://t.co/aDHKhHaQIm
— Luke Amos (@Luke_Amos1) August 12, 2018
Pochettino also stated that Amos will be picked over established stars if he puts the work in:
“It was important for us to provide good balance to the team, try to assess the squad, the possibility that we had to play. Of course the players are going to have a process to improve in their fitness, But we are in the competition and in the competition if players like the young ones like Luke Amos deserve to be on the bench and maybe play, they are going to play.”
Throughout his tenure the Argentine has shown the willingness to play young players in his team. What he’s also done is incorporate youth products.
In four seasons, he’s introduced three youth products into the team, Harry Kane, Harry Winks, and Ryan Mason.
While the latter moved to Hull City and retired due to a severe head injury, Kane has become one of the world’s best strikers, and Winks is a regular in the 18 for Spurs.
If Amos continues to impress, he could be a regular like Winks in the 18 for Tottenham. There’s no better time to do it than now.