Tottenham were effectively eliminated from the Europa League last night after loosing 2-1 against Greek side, PAOK Salonika.
They’ve not had the brightest time in the continent this season, especially compared to the heights of last year, but there is one main positive that they can take from this campaign.
Spurs’ policy of playing a number of youth players in Europe has been praised as they offer youngsters invaluable experience on a very competitive stage.
Harry Kane, Andros Townsend and Tom Carroll are amongst names that have played regularly in the Europa League this season.
Harry Kane almost grabbed his first senior goal last night but was denied, as were his teammates on many occasions, by pure luck.
Townsend and Carroll had places on the bench but due to the nature of the game did not come on to make an appearance.
Kane was replaced during the second-half but showed some bright touches throughout the first half. The Channel 5 commentators believed he took too many touches but put in a hard-working shift.
Tottenham’s assistant manager Kevin Bond has said “It is fantastic experience for the youngsters. Unfortunately, we might not see much of them for the rest of the year though,”
The Premier League is a hugely demanding competition and therefore the utilisation of these players in the domestic league is unfeasible.
Nevertheless, Tottenham’s youngsters will continue to gain European experience as they have progressed to the knockout stages of the NextGen Series.
They look almost certain to top their group and will potentially face Liverpool in the quarter finals.