Tom Carroll was on the bench for Tottenham's dramatic match with Man City and has already played three times this season in both the Capital One Cup and Premier League, competing against a very talented group of Tottenham players and is knocking on the door of the England U21 squad. talkSPORT's Talent Spotter has more on the exciting Spurs youngster...
Name: Tom Carroll
Date of birth: 28 May 1992
International: One England U19 cap
What's the latest?
Tom Carroll's emergence in the Spurs first team squad has caught the eye of England U21 boss Stuart Pearce. Pearce saw the 20-year-old in action against Norwich and, though he missed out on being named in the squad for an upcoming friendly against Northern Ireland, Carroll will be hoping he can earn a call-up before next summer's European Championship.
1) A fine passer of the ball, Carroll is calm in possession of the ball and has the confidence to receive the ball anywhere on the pitch, which has led to flattering comparisons with Luka Modric.
2) Carroll made his league debut at Leyton Orient when Spurs sent the youngster on loan to their London neighbours during the 2010/11 season. He was part of the Orient side that took Arsenal to a replay in the FA Cup fifth round in 2011.
3) Last season he started five Europa League games, while he also played against Stoke in a League Cup third round defeat on penalties, where Carroll scored his spot kick.
4) While playing in the Premier Academy League in 2009/10, Carroll scored 10 times in 21 games, including 16 starts. From his central midfield role he bagged a hat-trick against Cardiff at the start of February and nearly followed it up with another treble at the end of the month. Playing against Bristol City, he was denied adding to his brace by the opposition goalkeeper, who saved his penalty.
5) If called up by Stuart Pearce, it won't be the first time Carroll has been in the international set-up. In November 2011, the midfielder was selected by the manager for the U21 clashes with Iceland and Belgium, though he was unused in both fixtures.
What is being said?
“He could play for Barcelona, no question,” says Tottenham technical co-ordinator Tim Sherwood. He's got the lot. He's technically good enough, sees a pass, can pop [the ball] round the corner.”