Spurs wonderkid Lusala grew up by training ground & could replace Trippier

first_img6 A versatile defender, Lusala could be the answer to Tottenham’s failings at right backCredit: Getty – Contributor6 The future is bright for Lusala, 16, who is expected to be the next Spurs superstarCredit: Getty – Contributorlatest football featuresHOUSE OF GODMaradona’s teenage home now a quirky museum made to look like it was in 1978TIM VICKERYCunha’s goals for Hertha Berlin show he can succeed Firmino & Jesus for BrazilMAN THEY’RE BADMan Utd’s worst kits include vintage green and gold shirt & ‘cursed’ greyLewdicrousInside Lewandowski’s £7m flat in Poland with private cinema and a golf simulatorExclusiveTIM VICKERYBarcelona target Martinez stood out as a teen because of his talent and graftGONE TO THE DOGSGrealish, Sterling & Noble among Prem stars protected by £25k guard dogsMALIBU STANArsenal owner Kroenke’s £20m Malibu home where Princess Di was set to move inGROOM-ALDORonaldo’s hairstyles through the years, from blond highlights to tight top knotThis season might be a year too soon for Lusala, but next year when he turns 17 there may be an opportunity for a League Cup run out.And he may just be what Tottenham are looking for at right back to solve their defensive woes.After all, he is ‘one of their own’. HE’S certainly come at the right time.With the £25m sale of Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid and the inconsistent form of Serge Aurier, Tottenham are struggling to fill the right back slot.6 Big things are expected of Tottenham wonderkid Dermi LusalaCredit: Getty – ContributorBut there’s a lad coming through the ranks that could be the answer to Mauricio Pochettino’s prayers.Full back Dermi Lusala, 16, is the latest from their fine academy expected to follow the likes of Harry Kane and Harry Winks into the first team.An athletic defender, full of energy and pace, Lusala is a local boy who grew up in Edmonton, North London – a stone’s throw away from the Spurs training ground.Given then that he’s ‘one of their own’ Tottenham fans will only take to him more, should he break into the first team.LOCAL BOYBorn January 16, 2003 Lusala attended St Ignatius College.There he excelled at athletics in track and field, before football became his true calling.However, despite being brought up in Tottenham’s catchment area, it was Brentford who he trained with first.In 2016, after impressing at youth level, scouts from the Premier League giants spotted Lusala’s talents and he moved to his boyhood club.He made his debut for the Under-18s last season against Chelsea, while he was still at school.6 Lusala is a local boy from Edmonton, North LondonCredit: Getty – Contributor6 Lusala joined Tottenham in 2016 after beginning his youth career at BrentfordCredit: Getty – ContributorBut it was at the Oberndorf Under-19 pre-season tournament in the summer in Germany where Lusala showed he’s certainly one for the future and stood out with his tenacious tackling and tireless running.Since then, he’s become a regular for the club’s Under-18 side and has appeared in eight games this season.His versatility has meant he has played both left and right back so far, and he filled in at centre half in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal last week.THE FUTURE’S BRIGHTWith Spurs believing of promoting from within, there’s a genuine feeling at the club that Lusala will come good on his promise.Youngsters like Troy Parrott and Japhet Tanganga have shown Lusala the way, training with the first team and appearing in the Carabao Cup against Colchester United.6 Mauricio Pochettino admits he could get Spurs axe… but he won’t go grey worrying about itlast_img

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