Joe Rodon and six Tottenham stars who can thrive in Europa Conference League under new manager

It’s now one week ago since Tottenham secured a European place for the 2021/22 season following their 4-2 victory away at Leicester City.

Looking on course to miss out on Europe altogether as they trailed 2-1 at the King Power Stadium with 15 minutes remaining, Kasper Schmeichel’s own goal and Gareth Bale’s double turned the game on its head.

With West Ham securing sixth and the final Europa League spot after their win over Southampton in the capital, Spurs will now take their place in the Europa Conference League next term.

Certainly not the competition fans wanted the team to be involved in as they looked to return to the Champions League after a year away, it is a place in Europe nevertheless and a potential trophy Spurs can go all out for.

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As was the case in the Europa League this campaign with Jose Mourinho always rotating his team to give those on the periphery of the side a chance, it will be very much the same in UEFA’s third European club competition.

So which Tottenham youngsters could get a good run in XI in the competition and make their case for a starting spot in the league? takes a look.

Dane Scarlett

The 2020/21 season will be one Scarlett always remembers after making his senior bow for Tottenham in both the Premier League and Europa League.

A player Mourinho rates incredibly highly, Spurs fans will be hoping to see plenty more of the frontman next campaign after scoring 25 goals for the club’s youngsters this term.

The former boss did make it clear earlier in the year that the 17-year-old would be with the first team next season and the youngster will be intent on impressing the club’s new manager once he comes in through the door.

It seems the perfect competition to give him regular minutes in his quest to become a Spurs star.

Joe Rodon

Rodon had to watch on from the sidelines in Europe this season after joining from Swansea City after the registration period for the Europa League group stage.

Mourinho then elected to leave the centre-back out once again come the knockout phase as the club’s high number of foreign players meant he could only be added to the squad in place of someone else.

Joe Rodon will be eyeing up a regular spot in the Tottenham team next season
Joe Rodon will be eyeing up a regular spot in the Tottenham team next season

The 23-year-old made a total of 14 appearances in his debut season for the Lilywhites but that number should drastically increase next term.

If he’s not a regular in the Spurs side in the league, this could be the competition for him to make his case to the new manager as he bids to nail down a first-team spot on a permanent basis.

Oliver Skipp

Norwich City have made it clear they would like Skipp back at Carrow Road next season but it could be in N17 where he is playing his football on a regular basis.

The England U21 international made a real impression during his year in Norfolk and he could quite easily challenge for a first-team spot from August onwards.

Another player who is expected to play a big part for the Lilywhites over the coming years, the European competition may well prove crucial to his development.

Japhet Tanganga

Tanganga faces a big season in north London after not playing a lot of football for Tottenham in 2020/21.

Breaking into the first team at the start of last year, the academy graduate was not helped by injury at various times as he found himself in and out of the matchday squad on a consistent basis.

Playing just 13 games, with three of those in the Europa League, the 22-year-old needs to up his minutes considerably next campaign and hopefully he will be given regular game time in the Europa Conference League.

Ryan Sessegnon

It remains to be seen where exactly Sessegnon will be playing his football next term after his loan spell in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim.

Ryan Sessegnon really caught the eye during his year in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim
Ryan Sessegnon really caught the eye during his year in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim

Set to return a better player for his year in Germany, it will be down to the new manager whether he remains part of his plans or he heads out again for another year to gain even more experience.

If indeed he does stay at Tottenham, the Europa Conference League could be vital for him with Sergio Reguilon and Ben Davies currently ahead of him in the pecking order.

Marcel Lavinier

Mourinho dished out a number of Europa League debuts to the club’s youngsters in 2020/21, including Lavinier as he played the final 16 minutes of the team’s win over Wolfsberger AC in February.

On the bench again for the team’s nightmare defeat away at Dinamo Zagreb, the ex-Chelsea man will be hoping to be involved a lot more under the new boss as he attempts to make the step up from the academy to the first team.

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Lavinier has a number of right-backs ahead of him at present but he could be helped if Serge Aurier moves on as he will soon be in the final year of his contract.

Alfie Devine

Devine made quite the impression on his senior Tottenham debut after becoming the club’s youngest ever goalscorer with a goal in the FA Cup win away at Marine.

Signed from Wigan Athletic last July, the midfielder would have to be registered on the club’s A list in Europe next season as he hasn’t been at the club for an uninterrupted period of two years to make the B list.

That’s going to be down to the new manager to finalise his squad but it may be beneficial to include the youngster in Europe as it will only help him going forward.

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