Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte called up the 17-year-old striker Will Lankshear this week to first-team training.
This is according to the Spurs reporter Alasdair Gold who has been speaking on his YouTube channel ahead of the north London club’s Premier League clash on Saturday.
Lankshear only joined Spurs over the course of the summer from Sheffield United and he has been playing for the U21 side which has been involved in the European competition.
It has been a week of excuses from Conte with the Italian drumming it into the media about how tired his side are with a particular emphasis on Harry Kane’s fatigue.
Despite training with the first team during the week, Lankshear was not involved in the matchday squad for the Carabao Cup clash against Nottingham Forest:
(10:30) ” And I understand, funnily enough, that Will Lancashire, the young striker come from Sheffield United in the summer, who plays for the U18 team, a little bit for the development squad (U21).”
“So highly rated, yes. And he’s a big lad. But he, yeah, so he was training with the first team I understand this week. But it would have been just a ridiculous step to chuck him in there.”
TIF Thoughts on Gold’s comments…
Lankshear has shown signs of promise in the youth side with a goal in the UEFA Youth League against Sporting CP last month after just a matter of seconds.
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However, when you look at the likes of Djed Spence struggling to make an impression on Conte’s XI, it is incredibly difficult to imagine Lankshear could even make the matchday squad.
But perhaps this is just another message coming from Conte aimed at the board suggesting he does not have the tools needed with the January transfer window on the horizon.