Tottenham wonderkid Dermi Lusala is ‘one of their own’ having grown up a stones throwaway from Spurs’ training ground

By | 23rd October 2019

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.

Big things are expected of Tottenham wonderkid Dermi Lusala
Big things are expected of Tottenham wonderkid Dermi Lusala
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But 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 stones throwaway 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 BOY

Born 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.

Lusala is a local boy from Edmonton, North London
Lusala is a local boy from Edmonton, North London
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Lusala joined Tottenham in 2016 after beginning his youth career at Brentford
Lusala joined Tottenham in 2016 after beginning his youth career at Brentford
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But 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 BRIGHT

With 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.

A versatile defender, Lusala could be the answer to Tottenhams failings at right back
A versatile defender, Lusala could be the answer to Tottenham’s failings at right back
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The future is bright for Lusala, 16, who is expected to be the next Spurs superstar
The future is bright for Lusala, 16, who is expected to be the next Spurs superstar
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This 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’.

This post written by Jon Boon originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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