Almost without question, the player who did the most to help his career during Tottenham Hotspur’s International Champions Cup was 21 year old midfielder Luke Amos. The academy graduate started all three games in the USA and looked especially impressive in Spurs’ first match, a 4-1 win over Roma in San Diego.
Now, it looks as though he may turn that into a longer and better deal at the club. Sky Sports is reporting that Amos is expected to enter into talks with Tottenham for a new and improved contract.
Amos signed his last deal this past January, right before he headed off on loan for Stevenage for the second half of the season. His current deal lasts until 2019, and any new contract would likely be for longer and include a wage hike.
A new contract would be a reward for his mostly impressive preseason, and the signs are pointing to him possibly being the next academy graduate to break into Tottenham’s first team... or at least get closer. When everyone is healthy, Amos would still be behind players like Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele, Harry Winks, and Moussa Sissoko. However, it’s quite possible that thanks to Tashan Oakley-Boothe’s injury, Amos might have leapfrogged him in the depth chart, and that’s not an insignificant thing.
After Spurs’ preseason, Amos told Sky that he looks up to the game of Chelsea forward Ngolo Kante and tries to emulate the way that he plays.
“I like to watch a lot of midfielders. As a child, I liked Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta, but now when I see how amazing Kante’s been, I love to watch Kante and see all the plaudits he’s getting.
”In the past, players [like him] didn’t get that, so to see all the praise he’s getting is really good. I love his all-round game - his energy, running, tackling, passing. He’s taken the defensive midfield or box-to-box midfield role to a new level with his energy. If I can be anything like that, then I’ll be a good player.
“I’m more a box-to-box, defensive-minded. I’m not a No.10. I’m not a tricky winger. I focus on running, passing, getting on the ball, making things happen, stopping things. They’re things Kante does as well.”
There’s certainly a touch of Kante in Amos’ game, and the Frenchman would be an excellent role model for Amos to emulate. I’m still not sure how much of a future Amos has with Tottenham’s first team, but he’s certainly grabbed his chance with both hands. If he does land that new contract, he’ll have earned it.