As a rule, Tottenham rely on the transfer market to find their Premier League strikers over the production line of their academy.
Although there has been a conscious shift in the club’s psyche in that regard recently, Harry Kane remains the only striker to have a lasting impact on the first team having graduated from the youth system.
That doesn’t mean the club haven’t had their fair share of supposed “wonderkid strikers” over the years.
Amid rumours that Spurs are in pursuit of Brondby’s 17-year-old sensation Armend Aslani – so good he’ll cost a whopping £345,000 – Ladbrokes News take a look at the success of the great hopes to have adorned their top-flight squad lists:
After claiming his first strike of the campaign against Man City at the weekend, Kane moved into 13th place in the club’s Premier League scorers list. The England international is only the second man-made Spurs player to score 20+ goals in the division, along with Nick Barmby.
Before there was Kane, there was Pekhart. Four years older than Spurs’ current number 10, his career hasn’t quite taken the same path.
Although a prolific goal getter for the club’s youth side, the Czech international never made a senior appearance for the Lilywhites. He moved back to his homeland in 2010 by joining FK Jablonec and currently turns out for Bundesliga outfit Ingolstadt, for whom he’s made one substitute appearance this term.
Like Pekhart, Romford-born Barnard excited many a Spurs fan with his prodigious scoring record for the club’s youth and reserve sides.
He managed to outdo the Czech by actually making three first-team appearances. His debut came as a substitute against Manchester United in 2005/06.
Unable to progress from those garbage-time minutes, Barnard was loaned to Northampton and Crewe before being permanently snapped up by Southend in 2008.
With 11 clubs on his CV, including a four-year stay at Southampton, Barnard has made Crawley Town the latest entry.
Spurs’ original boy wonder was able to make an impact in his only senior Spurs appearance, assisting Teddy Sheringham in a 3-2 defeat to Liverpool in 2003, but immediately dropped into non-league football upon his release two years later.
He is best known for his time at Grays Athletic, where he had two spells, and has three goals already for new club Hemel Hempstead of the National League South, who he signed for this summer.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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