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West Ham’s Sears v Spurs’ Taarabt: Battle of potential greats

Freddie Sears is a name on every West Ham fans lips in much the same way as Adel Taarabt has become something of a fantasy figure at White Hart Lane, and both have already shown glimpses of their potential ability in the few minutes of Premier League action that they have seen.

Taarabt arrived with an explosion (not literally) just over a year ago, where he of course skinned alive West Ham defenders and turned the game on its head. The 18 year old is yet to start a game for Spurs but the potential is there and with the likes of Aaron Lennon not firing on all cylinders and with the north London club already safe from relegation I would expect the former Lens man to get a few more minutes of action this season and then be raring to go next time around when it could be that he plays a more integral part in Juande Ramos’s plans.

West Ham’s teen striker has in Alan Curbishley’s words “been around the club for a long time” and it’s good to see a player rising through the ranks scoring freely in the youth and reserve levels and then coming into the Premier League and making such an immediate impact. He was lively in his debut against Blackburn and was similarly impressive away at Everton where he gave their defence a few scares and could have won the game but for the width of the post.

These are two kids with bright futures and whilst it would be dangerous to ‘big’ them up too much they should be talents Hammers and Spurs fans look forward to seeing more from.

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