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It’s not an easy thing to raise so quickly over the obstacles that footballers usually face on their way to the top of the game. Not only talent, but also hard work and persistence play a huge role in the player’s future career.
This can be said about Tottenham star Harry Kane, who had to overcome a number of barriers, including loan spells in the Football League, injuries, strong opponents, a penalty miss on his debut, to reach his recent success.
However, not all players could repeat Kane’s success story. Some highly-rated starlets failed on having senior careers as they were expected.
Let’s see which promising Tottenham talents couldn’t make the grade as Harry Kane did.
The 17-year-old right-back was in the center of attention back in 2004, when he started the first two games of the campaign against serious rivals like Liverpool and Newcastle United. Spurs played a 1 – 1 draw with the Reds, while the game against the Magpies ended with a 1 – 0 victory, with Ifil denying Alan Shearer to score.
Then Stephen Kelly and Noe Pamarot kept him out of the squad. However, he was on his way of growing as a footballer and got a substitute role against Burnley in the League Cup.
Two years later, after a spell with Millwall, Ifil made his last two appearances for Tottenham: one in a 3-1 League Cup win over Port Vale and then in a 3-3 draw versus Wiganin in the Premier League.
After the draw with the Latics, the club boss Martin Jol has shared his admiration about the 20-year-old youngster, saying: “He’s a real Spurs player. A home-grown player with a great mentality and a very good career ahead of him.”
Unfortunately, he never played for the Spurs again, spending the rest of his career at Colchester United, Dagenham & Redbridge, and Kettering Town.