According to an Irish newspaper, young Tottenham Hotspur winger Kenny McEvoy has been given an 18 month contract extension by head coach Mauricio Pochettino.
In quotes to the Irish Independent, McEvoy remained bullish on his chances to eventually succeed and play in Tottenham's first team alongside his former academy teammates Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb, Andros Townsend, and Harry Kane:
Less than two years ago, I was playing in the same team as Harry [Kane] and Ryan [Mason]. They've had to be patient for their chance to come and so will I.
Ryan Mason is only getting a regular run now and he's almost 24. Many of his loan moves didn't work out, same as Andros Townsend. Harry was always a natural goalscorer for the youth team we played together in but at a top Premier League club like Tottenham these days you have to wait your chance.
[Pochettino] saw me score against Notts Forest in an Under-21 game recently and has given me a new contract. That shows he must have belief in me.
A Tottenham academy graduate, McEvoy has yet to make his senior team debut, but is an Ireland international at the youth level, with caps at the U17, U19, and U21 level. Originally sent on loan to Peterborough United at the beginning of the season, he was recalled after eight appearances
and is now on loan at League One Colchester United (along with Tottenham's Bongani Khumalo).
McEvoy, known as "Baby Bale" for his uncanny resemblance to the former Tottenham winger, is unlikely to break through into the Spurs first team any time soon, but his extension shows that he may be given a chance to impress in the preseason next summer and possibly land another prime loan.