Tottenham Hotspur could have unearthed Harry Kane‘s true heir in January.
The Lilywhites’ academy setup is blessed with talent, particularly of an attacking nature, with the likes of Dane Scarlett and Troy Parrot both mooted to be long-term successors of the England talisman.
Both are certainly following in the 29-year-old’s footsteps by going out on loan lower down in the English football pyramid as his stints at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Leicester City and Norwich City were the perfect blueprint for the player he’s become today.
Jude Soonsup-Bell, a late acquisition in the recent transfer window, could throw in a curveball to the future plans of the aforementioned academy duo and any others dreaming of one day replacing the vice-captain.
The 19-year-old has joined from Premier League rivals Chelsea on a deal until 2025.
Soonsup-Bell has been a prolific marksman at youth level, bagging 23 goals in 25 games for the Blues’ U18 setup, whilst he became the first Chelsea player to bag four goals in one FA Youth Cup game in 59 years back in November 2020.
He’s a prospect that is thought to be very “highly-rated” – according to Spurs expert and insider John Wenham, who waxed lyrical about sporting director Fabio Paratici’s decision to sign him to Football Insider.
“I know a bit more about this guy than most, I have seen him come and play at Hotspur Way as part of Chelsea’s academy a few times. I would go as far as to say he is the most highly-rated academy forward in England, very exciting,” he said.
Others have also hailed Soonsup-Bell as an immense talent with bags of potential, with his former U18 boss Ed Brand once claiming to the club’s official website:
“Jude is a top goalscorer. He showed great composure to get the ball out of his feet and finish well when he got his chance. He is a fantastic player at this level and he should be really proud.”
With the teenage sensation likely to go out on loan next season, he could well be the latest challenger for Kane’s throne and given the England U19 international’s form and the fanfare around his talent, he may prove to be the true heir apparent over someone like Scarlett – all thanks to Paratici’s winter coup.
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