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Hard work pays off for R's youngster Oteh

ARAMIDE Oteh expressed his delight at scoring on his full QPR debut in the R’s 3-1 victory at Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon.

SPURS Academy graduate Tom Carroll is widely-regarded as one of the brightest young talents at White Hart Lane.

Having joined the Tottenham set-up in July 2008, Carroll signed his first professional contract two years later in June 2010.

He performed consistently for the Lilywhites’ Development Squad during the first half of the 2010/11 campaign, before securing a loan move to Leyton Orient in January.

Carroll made his Football League debut for Orient and performed superbly in high-profile ties against Arsenal in the FA Cup, where the O’s took the Gunners to a replay.

Buoyed by that impressive spell at Brisbane Road, Carroll made his breakthrough at White Hart Lane – under the guidance of Harry Redknapp – in 2011/12.

He made his full debut in Spurs’ Europa League play-off second leg against Hearts in August 2011 and impressed enough to earn starts in the cauldron at PAOK in Greece and then at Stoke City in the Carling Cup.

In total, he made seven appearances for the first team, including five starts in the Europa League.

He also spent time on loan at Derby County, making 12 appearances in the Championship, scoring one goal.

Carroll’s career continued to flourish last season, where he made 14 appearances under Andre Villas-Boas, including three starts in the Europa League. Of those matches, he appeared seven times off the bench in the Premier League.

This season, he has already gained more valuable European experience, coming off the bench in Tottenham’s 5-0 first leg victory against Dinamo Tbilisi and then starting the second leg at White Hart Lane last week, where he shone playing just behind Jermaine Defoe.