Spurs under 23’s versus Everton: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Everton: (match preview)

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After recording their first win of the new PL2 season last Friday evening, Wayne Burnett’s under 23 side will be hoping to put in a performance similar to the one which saw them beat Manchester City last week, when they travel to Liverpool on Sunday, to face Everton. Burnett’s particularly youthful side showed real promise during their encounter with Manchester City. And since Burnett has switched to playing with three at the back, his talented side have looked a lot more fluent in their play and a lot more solid at the back. We have a historically poor record against Everton at this level especially at Goodison Park where this game will be played on Sunday for the fourth consecutive season in a row. Playing at a stadium such as Goodison Park provides our youngsters with a valuable opportunity to play in front of a big crowd at a premier league stadium. And that as much as anything is so important for their development in the game. Despite losing 4-1 two seasons in a row up on Merseyside, Spurs will be looking to change that on Sunday afternoon after their impressive victory over Manchester City. David Unsworth’s Everton side have picked up eight points in the league this season and have only lost on one occasion. After winning the inaugural PL2 title during the 2016/17 season, Everton were unable to retain their crown last season and were for the most part a mid table team. However, they still managed to do the double over us in the league last season. It will be a tough game for our lads on Sunday, whilst Everton have plenty of attacking talent. Such as last seasons top scorer Antony Evans, creative Irishman Harry Charsley and powerful centre forward Bassala Sambou, I don’t think the toffees are a better team than us. I think home advantage has counted for a lot in recent seasons, the roar of the crowd at Goodison Park and that feeling of playing at the toffees stadium spurs players on. I just hope it will be the other way round on Sunday afternoon, my in-depth match report of our visit to Everton will be published on the following day.

My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Austin, Dinzeyi, Tanganga, Binks, Eyoma, Oakley-Boothe, Marsh(c), Brown, Roles, Maghoma, Harrison.

Subs from: De Bie, Walcott, Duncan, Tracey, Parrott.

Doubtful: Anthony Georgiou and Shilow Tracey.

Injured/unavailable: Jamie Reynolds, Tariq Hinds, Kazaiah Sterling.

Previous meeting: Spurs 1-4.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: The toffees 20 year old midfielder Antony Evans. Everton’s top scorer in the PL2 last season with four league goals, Evans who has previously spent time on loan at Morecambe has proved to be quite a consistent player for David Unsworth during his time in charge of the development side.

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Spurs under 18’s versus West Ham United: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus West Ham United: (match preview)

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Our under 18’s are preparing to face West Ham United on Saturday morning at Little Heath, as they look to consolidate their place at the top of the under 18 southern division. After last weekends stalemate with Reading at Hotspur Way, Matt Wells side will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they face West Ham United in east London. This will be our under 18’s second London Derby of the season and whilst Spurs have started the season in stunning form, our London rivals have also started the season strongly. Mark Phillips West Ham side have won four of their opening five league games this season, and currently occupy fourth place in the league. A number of our under 18’s played for the under 19’s in the UEFA youth league during midweek, as they contested a fiery 1-1 draw with Inter Milan. Players such as Malachi Walcott, Luis Binks and J’Neil Bennett all played the full 90 minutes of that game and could end up finding themselves being rested for this Saturday’s London derby. Matt Wells will have been disappointed that he’s side were unable to finish off Reading last weekend, in a game in which they dominated in every respect. This fixture last season was a funny old game, we were on a good patch of form when we travelled to east London. However, it was a really scrappy game in which we were unable to make possession count and we were punished for that, by the much more direct Hammers youngsters. Whilst West Ham have started the season in fine form they are yet to come up against any of the big boys in the league thus far this campaign. Last season they were an extremely combative side who weren’t afraid to scrap for results and play ugly, if I may so.

It will be interesting to see how Tottenham lineup on Saturday morning (10:30 AM KO) it will also be interesting to see if Troy Parrott is drafted back into the side after his time in the under 23’s. Parrott has only made one appearance for our under 18 side this season having spent the majority of the time with Wayne Burnett’s development side. Another player who I’m hoping to see start the game is 18 year old forward Rodel Richards who made his return from injury against Inter Milan in midweek. Richards looked very sharp considering it was only his first game of the season. I think Matt Wells side will have to start well against West Ham if they are to get back to winning ways. Some of the Hammers most dangerous players include attacking midfielder Bernardo Rosa and Vernon Parkes and they could prove to be dangerous on the break. Last season I ended up going to West Ham’s Rush Green training ground only to find that they are unable to hold academy games at the facility, thankfully I made that game in time. Hopefully tomorrow’s trip on the London Underground will be a lot more straight forward. My match report will be out late on Saturday night.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Tainio, Lyons-Foster, Statham, Cirkin, White, Bowden, Clarke, A.Shashoua (c), P.Patterson, Richards.

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Okedina, Thorpe, Markanday, Mukendi.

Doubtful: N/A.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 0-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: The Hammers Brazilian attacking midfielder Bernardo Rosa (18). The creative Rosa caused quite a few problems for our defence in this fixture last season, and the teenager has started the new campaign in excellent form. Finding the back of the net on four occasions already this season, Rosa has also made a number of appearances for West Ham’s development side and will be one of the Hammers most potent attacking players.

Spurs under 19’s versus Inter Milan: (match preview)

Spurs under 19’s versus Inter Milan: (match preview)

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Our under 19’s kick off this seasons UEFA youth league campaign tomorrow when they face Italian giants Inter Milan on Tuesday afternoon, at the Stadio Breda. According to the UEFA website John McDermott is listed as our head coach for this seasons European campaign and McDermott will have a richly talented pool of players at his disposal for the tournament, which mirrors the UEFA champions league. Our under 18’s have started this season in scintillating form with four wins from their opening five league matches and whilst our under 23’s haven’t replicated this, they did however pick up an impressive first win of the season against Man City on Friday. Spurs gave a really good account of themselves in this competition last season in what was only their second ever involvement in it. We topped a group containing both Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, before overcoming Monaco in the round of 16. Our campaign was eventually ended by Porto who beat us comfortably at Hotspur Way in March of 2018. Whilst there will be a lot of new faces in this seasons squad, Spurs will be hoping to emulate their group stage success in the competition this season. However, with the current holders of the competition Barcelona in their group, alongside both Inter Milan and PSV that task will be significantly more difficult to achieve this season. The way in which our under 18’s have started this season has been outstanding, the quality of their play and the fluidity of their passing has been breathtaking to watch. I think this set of players (the u19’s) is one of the best in the UEFA youth league this season and there will be no team in Europe who will want to come up against us, and that includes tomorrow’s opposition, Inter Milan. The abundance of talent that is in our under 19’s side is quite frightening, in many ways we are spoilt for choice. With the likes of Troy Parrott, Jamie Bowden, Paris Maghoma, Japhet Tanganga all to choose from tomorrow.

Inter Milan also had a good campaign last season, entering the competition through the domestic stage. Armando Madonna’s side reached the quarter finals of the competition where they were knocked out on penalties by Manchester City. Long famed for their academy set up, Inter Milan did well on the domestic stage last season, finishing second in the Primavera 1 (the Italian u19 league). I’m not going to lie and say that I know a great deal about their side however, I know that they are one of Italy’s top academy sides and will undoubtedly have a lot of talented players on their books. Winger Samuele Mulattieri and highly rated Irish centre half Ryan Nolan are the only two players who I know a little bit about. This competition will give our youngsters a great opportunity to test themselves against some of the finest youth teams in Europe. Coming up against different footballing cultures and enjoying exposure to much bigger audiences, I’m sure our lads are really looking forward to tomorrow’s game which is being shown live on BT sport 2. Sadly I will be unable to go tomorrow’s game however, I will be watching on with great interest and I wish all of our lads the very best of luck. Our under 19’s can go all the way in this competition this season and I say that without any hesitations.

My predicted lineup: (4-3-3) De Bie, Eyoma, Dinzeyi, Tanganga (c), Brown, Bowden, Maghoma, Roles, Markanday, Parrott, Bennett.

Subs from: Austin, Lyons-Foster, Binks, White, A.Shashoua, Patterson, Richards.

Doubtful: Oliver Skipp (Possible involvement with the first team)

Injured/unavailable: Tariq Hinds.

Previous meeting: Spurs 7-1 (2011).

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Irish centre half Ryan Nolan is a player who has been touted for great things in the game. The teenager from county Clare has won many plaudits and for him to have been picked up by Inter Milan speaks volumes in itself. Nolan made his first team debut for Inter during pre-season.

Our full squad: https://www.uefa.com/uefayouthleague/season=2019/clubs/club=2608183/index.html

Spurs under 23’s 2-0 Manchester City: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 2-0 Manchester City: (match report)

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Our under 23’s recorded their first win of the new PL2 season in style on Friday night, after they overcame a talented Manchester City side 2-0 at Broadhall Way. Wayne Burnett went for the same system that had earned our development side a point ten days earlier, in their Checkatrade trophy game against Crawley Town. Burnett’s trust in the like of Luis Binks and Paris Maghoma (both 17) paid off once again on Friday evening, as Spurs overcame a potent possession based Manchester City side. The sky blues enjoyed the majority of possession throughout the game and with their high press and energy in the final third, they made life difficult for Spurs. After a tricky opening 20 minutes which had seen the visitors create a couple of decent chances for themselves as they moved the ball around well, Spurs were struggling to get a hold on the game. However, a perfectly weighted defence splitting pass from Paris Maghoma in the 21st minute, changed all that. Maghoma was outstanding on the night and the 17 year olds pass to set Shayon Harrison through on goal totally paralysed the Man City defence, as Harrison ran through to cooly give Spurs the lead. Then, eight minutes later Spurs doubled their advantage through Paris Maghoma who made an excellent darting run across the Manchester City defence before picking up Oliver Skipp’s excellent pass. In typical fashion, Maghoma kept his cool in front of goal as he calmly skipped past the outrushing goalkeeper before clipping home to give Spurs a healthy two goal cushion. It was an excellent game of football but Spurs didn’t dominate the game by any means, Manchester City remained a threat throughout the remainder of the game. The unstoppable speed of Rabbi Matondo caused havoc for Spurs down the flanks as did the many surging runs through the middle from Tom Dele-Bashiru. Paul Harsley’s side gave a good account of themselves on the night, but they couldn’t recover from Spurs’ two quick goals in the first half.

Spurs showed a real maturity about their game and they defended extremely well, whilst goalkeeper Brandon Austin had another heroic game as he made eight impressive stops. Spurs’ first win of the season sees them move out of the relegation zone ahead of next Sunday’s trip to Liverpool when they face Everton at Goodison park. Opting to leave the likes of Japhet Tanganga on the bench for our league game with Manchester City, Burnett decided to stick with the likes of Maghoma and Binks who retained their places in an identical system to the one in which they used against Crawley Town in the Checkatrade trophy. Brandon Austin kept his place in goal for Burnett’s side whilst a back three of Jonathan Dinzeyi, George Marsh and Luis Binks lined up in front of him. In front of them was the defensive midfield partnership of Luke Amos (the skipper) and the much welcomed return of one Oliver Skipp. Both were joined on either side with Eyoma and Brown who played as wingbacks. Paris Maghoma and Jack Roles played effectively as inside forwards behind the experienced Shayon Harrison who led the line for the second consecutive game. The visitors got the game underway on a mild autumnal evening in Stevenage as a fairly large crowd took to their seats inside Broadhall Way. Manchester City threatened our defence in the opening couple of seconds of the game. After George Marsh had almost lost the ball to Benjamin Garre on the edge of the Tottenham penalty area, thankfully on this occasion he had gotten lucky. Then a couple of moments later the ridiculously athletic Rabbi Matondo sprinted past Luis Binks down the right wing before continuing onto the byline, before clipping a cross into the box which was cleared away by the alert Dinzeyi. Paul Harsley’s Manchester City side were hogging possession in the opening stages as Spurs struggled to get much of the ball. However, we should have had a penalty after Paris Maghoma was brought down unlawfully inside the penalty area by Cameron Humphrys early on. After the midfielder combined well with Harrison on the edge of the penalty area Harrison slipped the ball into him. Maghoma’s protest were ignored by the referee Sam Purkiss.

Brandon Austin made his first save of the game shortly afterwards as he comfortably gathered Nabil Touaizi’s low effort from range. The visitors were moving the ball around the pitch a lot quicker than us and they were creating some decent chances in the process. After Adrian Bernabe found Matondo out on the right wing, the wide man powered forwards before squaring the ball to Touaizi who was waiting inside the box. However, the Frenchman’s scuffed effort was easily held by the grateful Brandon Austin. Paul Harsley’s intricate side continued to threaten the Tottenham defence as Garre whipped a menacing ball across the face of Austin’s goal from out wide. Limited only to a couple of half chances inside Manchester City’s final third, Spurs had to be resourceful with the ball. A good move which saw Eyoma pass the ball to Skipp down the right wing saw the young midfielder attempt to find Harrison with a low cross inside the penalty area. However, Skipp’s cross came bouncing straight off the leg of Harrison who failed to control the ball. Jonathan Dinzeyi made an important interception at the other end to break up a dangerous attack from Touaizi as Man City continued to look the more likely team to score. That’s why it came as quiet a surprise to me when Spurs took the lead against the run of play through Shayon Harrison in the 21st minute of the game. After picking the ball up in the centre of the park, young Paris Maghoma looked up before playing the most perfectly weighted defence splitting pass right through the middle of the Manchester City defence. Catching them off guard, the defenders were paralysed as Maghoma sent Harrison through on goal. The centre forward showed remarkable composure as he entered the penalty area before calmly tucking the ball past Daniel Grimshaw and into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 1-0. Maghoma raced over to Harrison by the corner flag as the pair celebrated Spurs’ opening goal of the game. Luis Binks did well shortly afterwards to intercept the ball off of the darting Matondo to put the ball out for a corner kick.

The so far impeccable goalkeeping of Brandon Austin took a further turn shortly afterwards as the 19 year old produced an excellent diving stop to prevent Touaizi from finding the back of the net. After being played in down the right hand side of the penalty area by Garre, Touaizi attempted to beat Austin with a powerful low effort towards the far corner of the goal. However, he got down well to make an exceptional fingertip save. Jonathan Dinzeyi was forced into clearing Benjamin Garre’s menacing cross a couple of moments later before Marsh then threw himself in the way of Dele-Bashiru’s cross. Then a mere eight minutes after we had taken the lead, Wayne Burnett’s side doubled their advantage through the excellent Paris Maghoma. Similar to the first goal in many ways, Oliver Skipp spotted Maghoma’s darting run across the Man City defence. Skipp fed Maghoma in with a well weighted pass inside the Man City penalty area, Maghoma took an excellent first touch before cooly skipping away from the outrushing Grimshaw and calmly clipping the ball into the empty net, 2-0. Spurs were now showing a remarkable energy to their game and unsurprisingly they were looking a lot more confident with the ball. Only a couple of minutes after doubling Spurs’ lead Maghoma made a terrific sliding challenge to win the ball off of Bernabe on the edge of the oppositions penalty area before quickly poking the ball out to Roles out on the right wing. However, the Cypriot youth internationals low cross just failed to pick out Harrison at the back post. Roles then had an excellent goalscoring chance a couple of minutes later, after Skipp had set him through down the right. Roles sprinted down the right before entering the penalty area where he was met by the outrushing Grimshaw. Roles’s effort was hit straight at the Manchester City goalkeeper with the ball then coming out to Maghoma on the edge of the penalty area. However, Maghoma was unable to get his shot away as two Man City players crowded him out. Once again Maghoma looked for a penalty kick as he lay on the ground. Jonathan Dinzeyi made an excellent sliding challenge on Garre shortly after as Spurs continued to defend extremely well.

The ever threatening Matondo then fired the ball across the goal as Austin managed to get a touch to divert it clear or so he thought. Bernabe was waiting on the opposite side but his similarly wild effort flew across the face of the goal. Jaden Brown picked up a yellow card shortly after for a mistimed challenge on Dele-Bashiru. Paris Maghoma then blazed well wide of goal after playing a one-two with Harrison on the edge of the box. Dele-Bashiru responded by firing an effort wide from long range at the other end of the pitch as an enthralling and hugely productive first half came to a close. Burnett’s side got the second half underway as they looked to build on their impressive two goal lead. And Paris Maghoma came close to doing exactly that early on in the half. After receiving Jack Roles pass Maghoma cut inside from the left wing, before going on a lovely jinking run through the middle as he powered forwards. Maghoma tricked his way past Dele-Bashiru before forcing a good diving save out of Grimshaw with a good curling effort from the edge of the penalty area. Oliver Skipp nodded the ball just over from George Marsh’s resulting corner as Spurs started the second half with the same energy that they had ended the first in. Another incisive move saw Amos pick out Brown out on the left wing with a nice pass. Brown sprinted forwards before finding Harrison at the back post with a nice cross. Harrison connected with it first time and volleyed narrowly wide of the goal. Shayon Harrison was almost played through by Maghoma a couple of minutes later as Spurs continued to dominate proceedings. Manchester City’s first effort at goal of the half came from Matondo who had switched flanks at half time. Cutting in dangerously from the left, the Welshman fired an effort at goal which flew narrowly over Austin’s crossbar from the edge of the box, courtesy of an important touch off of Dinzeyi. Touaizi then played a nice pass to Garre who cut inside from the right wing before forcing an easy save out of Austin at his near post.

And the Tottenham goalkeeper was forced into action again only a matter of minutes later to thwart Matondo’s powerful low effort, after the former Cardiff schoolboy had cut inside before shooting from the edge of the penalty area. Jonathan Dinzeyi blocked the same players effort from range a couple of moments later as Spurs were forced into dealing with a barrage of attacks from the visitors. Dele-Bashiru then fired an effort over the crossbar after powering his way through the middle before Oliver Skipp produced an important block to stop the newly introduced Iker Pozo’s shot on the edge of the penalty area. Spurs started to find their rhythm again as Maghoma shifted the ball out to Brown out on the left wing. The fullback squared it for Maghoma who had made a run towards the edge of the penalty area. The midfielders first time side footed effort flew narrowly over Grimshaw’s crossbar. Maghoma had shown great understanding to link up with Brown in the first place and to initiate the move. Brandon Austin was then called into action at the other end after Alpha Dionkou had played a pass to Touaizi inside the penalty area. However, Austin was alert and came rushing off his line to make an important stop before smothering the loose ball before Touaizi could finish on the follow up. George Marsh became the second Spurs player to pick up a yellow card after he was booked on 75 minutes after committing a cynical foul to break up a dangerous Man City attack. Shayon Harrison forced a decent save out of Grimshaw with a powerful effort from the edge of the penalty area moments later. French teenager Claudio Gomes then forced a similar save out of Austin a couple of minutes later with a testing low effort from just outside the penalty area. Shayon Harrison came off in place of Tashan Oakley-Boothe with 11 minutes still to go after leading the line extremely well. Luis Binks hadn’t put a foot wrong and the young centre half produced two vital late pieces of defending to ensure that Spurs’ clean sheet was still intact.

First to get in front of his man to clear Matondo’s cross and then Binks blocked Dele-Bashiru’s follow up on the edge of the penalty area. Harsley’s side were really going for it as the game started to draw to a close. An intricate
late move saw Pozo pass the ball out to Touaizi out on the right wing, the Frenchman then cut the ball back to Gomes on the edge of the penalty area. However, Gomes effort was well saved by Austin, Dylan Duncan entered the frame shortly afterwards to replace the highly effective Paris Maghoma. Jaden Brown was lucky not to get himself sent off after taking out Garre out in the penalty area without getting anything on the ball during the final moments of the game. Brandon Austin comfortably held Claudio Gomes’s late effort as Burnett’s side passed the ball around the park during the final moments of the game, as Spurs went onto record their first win of the new PL2 season. It was an excellent performance from Burnett’s young side, they demonstrated their maturity and ability against a very good Manchester City team. It would seem that playing with three at the back is proving quite beneficial for Burnett’s side.

Player reviews: – Brandon Austin: Yet again the young goalkeeper put in a heroic performance in between the sticks. Austin was on the top of his game against Man City and his many excellent and important saves, saved Burnett’s side on countless occasions. Making eight saves in total, Austin didn’t put a foot wrong and managed to deal with set pieces well. His diving save to stop Nabil Touaizi’s effort in the first half could only be described as world class.
– Jonathan Dinzeyi: It was a really mature and assured performance from the ever improving centre half on Friday evening. Playing on the right side of a back three, Dinzeyi put in a flawless defensive performance. Snuffing out danger well and knowing when to step in front of his man. Dinzeyi helped to break up numerous Man City attacks. He was also dominant in the air and made more clearances than any other player on the night. Dinzeyi’s passing was also impressive and accurate.
– George Marsh: The skipper played in the middle of the Tottenham back three and in many ways provided the defence with real leadership. Marshalling his teammates well throughout the game, the 19 year old made many blocks, clearances and interceptions. He added steel to the Spurs defence and helped both Binks and Dinzeyi out on numerous occasions.
– Luis Binks: After appearing for the development side in the Checkatrade trophy game against Crawley. Binks retained his place in Burnett’s side for the game against Manchester City. And once again the first year scholar defied his age by putting in an excellent performance on the left side of the back three. The Kent born teenager showed remarkable levels of maturity and understanding whilst defending against the sky blues potent attacking front line. The 17 year old read the game well and in his almost Alderweireld-esque defending kept good positioning throughout. Not once did Binks make a sliding challenge, he defended on his feet and did so superbly well. Pinging some lovely balls out to Brown and Eyoma on the flanks as well. Binks made it difficult for the speedy Rabbi Matondo to cut inside during the first half of the game. The teenager also made a superb piece of defending during the second half to prevent two goalscoring chances, he has that rare ability to know exactly when he needs to come across his man. Our under 23’s defence has really improved since he has been drafted into the side and it is no coincidence.
– Jaden Brown: Brown put in a good showing at left wing back, particularly in the second half when he didn’t have to deal with the speedy Rabbi Matondo. Brown protected that flank well and looked good going forward, whipping some nice crosses into the box in the process. It will be interesting to see if Brown is included in Tottenham’s UEFA youth league squad ahead of Tuesdays game against Inter Milan.
– Luke Amos: The skipper played such a crucial role in the victory over Manchester City. Operating essentials as a midfield anchor man, Amos covered so much ground as he protected the back three alongside Skipp. Amos was so effective in the middle of the park as a ball winning midfielder, Kante-esque (which he’ll be pleased with me saying) Amos was terrific in his cdm role. He must surely be eyeing a start in our league cup tie with Watford in a couple of weeks time.
– Oliver Skipp: Whenever Oliver Skipp plays he gives Burnett’ side a different edge at that’s exactly what he provided us with on Friday night, as he partnered Amos in the centre of midfield. Skipp dictated play impacting us offensively with his many driving runs through the middle, but also getting stuck in and helping to protect the back three. Skipp who turned 18 on Sunday was domineering and decisive, his decision making with the ball at his feet was top class and he made a number of excellent passes throughout the game including the one which set up Maghoma’s goal. Dare I say it but I think he is too good for this level!
– TJ Eyoma: The 19 year old operated as a right wing back for the Manchester City game and whilst he put in a decent first half showing up against Benjamin Garre. Eyoma really struggled to deal with the electric Rabbi Matondo after the Welshman switched flanks at half time. Matondo tore Eyoma apart down that right hand side and it didn’t matter what the 18 year old tried, he just couldn’t stop him.
– Paris Maghoma: My motm, see below.
– Jack Roles: Roles made a really positive impact on the game in what was his first PL2 start of the season. The Cypriot youth international played on the right hand side of an attacking triangle and managed to be one of Burnett’s most creative and effective players throughout the game. Roles provided excellent movement in the final third, constantly getting himself into nice little pockets of space. By doing this he helped out the likes of Harrison and Maghoma, the 19 year old made some lovely passes during the game and also showed really quick feet. Berbatov-esque in many ways Roles will be disappointed that he wasn’t able to get on the scoresheet.
– Shayon Harrison: Harrison led the line well for the second consecutive game, working extremely hard up top. The 21 year showed good movement and a real willingness to drop deep. His first half goal was really well taken and he could have had another in the second half had luck been on his side.
– Tashan Oakley-Boothe: N/A.
– Dylan Duncan: N/A.
My man of the match: Paris Maghoma. Operating as an inside forward/cam Paris Maghoma put in an incredible performance against Manchester City on Friday. The 17 year old was the difference between the two sides. Setting up Shayon Harrison’s opener with a perfectly weighted through ball, the midfielder then doubled our lead with an excellently taken goal a couple of minutes later after making a brilliant run across the defence. Maghoma had an immense impact on the game and he was a real thorn in Manchester City’s side. Unlike in the Arsenal and Liverpool games where he was forced into dropping deep due to the circumstances, Maghoma was able to really express himself against the sky blues. Orchestrating play in an almost Onomah-esque way, Maghoma caused havoc for the Manchester City defence with his many slaloming runs, crisp passes and impressive link up play. Maghoma showed a real maturity and understanding about his game. He was sharp in his play and aware of his surroundings. On another day he could have had a hat-trick but I couldn’t have been more pleased with the way he conducted himself on Friday evening as he continued his excellent start to the new season. Young Paris had many kids coming up to him at the end of the game looking for autographs and photographs, and that on its own tell you everything you need to know about his performance.

Spurs: Austin, Eyoma, Brown, Marsh, Dinzeyi, Binks, Maghoma (Duncan 84), Amos (c), Harrison (Oakley-Boothe 79), Skipp, Roles. Substitutes (not used): De Bie, Tanganga.

Manchester City: Grimshaw, Dionkou, Humphreys (c), Rosler, Ogbeta, Gomes, Matondo, Dele-Bashiru, Touaizi (Gonzalez 84), Bernabe (Pozo 46), Garre (Poveda 62). Substitutes (not used): Scott, Richards, Gonzalez.

Goals: Spurs – Harrison 21, Maghoma 29.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Brown 40, Marsh 75; City – Dionkou 58.

Referee: Sam Purkiss.

Venue: Lamex Stadium, Stevenage.

Attendance: 637.

Spurs under 21/23’s statistics 2018/19:

Goals scored: Shayon Harrison – 3
Samuel Shashoua – 1
Marcus Edwards – 1
Jaden Brown – 1
Paris Maghoma -1

Assists: Troy Parrott – 1
Jaden Brown – 1
Shayon Harrison – 1
Paris Maghoma – 1
Oliver Skipp – 1

My interview with former Spurs wing half Jim Iley:

My interview with former Spurs wing half Jim Iley:

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Jim Iley played for Tottenham Hotspur between 1957 and 1959, operating as a wing half, the very much attack minded Iley made over 55 appearances for the lilywhites during his spell with the club. A tall all round midfielder, the Yorkshireman joined Spurs from Sheffield United in August of 1957 after being signed by Jimmy Anderson. Going onto become a regular in the Spurs side during his two seasons at the club, the youngster wanted out by the summer of 1959 and surely enough he left the club to join Nottingham Forest. From there Iley played for Newcastle United where he helped them to win the second division. Jim then entered the world of football management taking charge of a whole host of football league clubs of which included Peterborough, Blackburn Rovers and Barnsley. Jim was kind enough to agree to doing an interview with me about his time at Spurs, we met at his local supermarket up in Bolton and had a thorough and interesting chat. Iley reflected on his long and colourful career in the game and on his eventful two years at Spurs, adapting to life in the big smoke as a teenager and playing alongside the Spurs greats of the time, Danny Blanchflower, Maurice Norman and Cliff Jones to name but a few.

What are your earliest memories of your time at Spurs and how did you come about joining the club?

Jim: It’s a long story I didn’t know anything about it, funnily enough we were travelling to London (whilst I was was at Sheffield United) and we were playing Charlton Athletic and it was a Thursday night game. We arrived there on Thursday afternoon and I was called into this room with the manager Joe Mercer and he told me that Tottenham wanted to sign me. I said I don’t know anything about it! I didn’t want to go and live in London, well he said you’ve got to go. When we arrived at the ground I was taken out of the team which was a penalty I suppose. When we got back to the hotel after the game Mercer called me into his room again and in there was the chairman of Sheffield United. He told me that they wanted this money and ’ if you don’t sign you’ll never play again for Sheffield United ’, don’t be ridiculous I said, I shall have to ring my girlfriend, which I did. She said that she didn’t want to come to London, so anyway I said that I’d see her at the weekend, in between that Joe Mercer had rang the police in Royston, in Yorkshire to go to her house and tell her to go and get the first train to London. I didn’t know anything about this and then on the Friday morning Joe Mercer said by the way your girlfriends arriving at Kings Cross and she’ll be there in about half an hour. We went then to the Kings Cross hotel and Joe Mercer said to us come into the car and I’ll take you to the ground. We didn’t want to do it but we got in the car and went into White Hart Lane where we saw the manager who was then Jimmy Anderson. He explained everything to us and in the end I signed for Tottenham Hotspur. Then it was straight to Kings Cross again because the next day Tottenham were playing Newcastle. We went on the train up to Whitley bay and that was my first experience at Tottenham. But having said all that they were a first class team who had some great players, but it was the way it was all pushed at me and that put me off. Being from Yorkshire nobody told me what to do without me thinking about it.

What was your time at the lilywhites like on the whole?

Jim: Very good. I had no complaints with Tottenham whatsoever it’s just that I was traveling backwards and forwards after the games and in the end it took its toll. I wasn’t concentrating as much as I should have done but after Bill Nicholson took over he was going to sort it out one way or another. But overall I enjoyed every minute of it really.

Did you have any footballing heroes/inspirations and if so who were they?

Jim: Only one and that was Tom Finney of Preston North End, whenever Preston were playing in Yorkshire I’d try and get to the match. He was ever such a nice chap and he played for England and Preston and for me he was a great, great player, and I used to love to see him play.

Who were your greatest influences at Spurs?

Jim: Well Danny Blanchflower really, he was one of those people who you would watch play and he was for me everything that belonged to Spurs. The way he played and the way he conducted himself was first class it really was. Unfortunately he was always talking about football and if we were travelling away on the trains the players used to hang back to see which carriage Danny went into, because there was no way you were going to sit in a carriage from Kings Cross to Newcastle or wherever. Listening to him talking about football because all we wanted to do was play cards, have a rest and have a few jokes. So he’d be sat in a carriage on his own basically.

What was it like to play as a wing half at Spurs during the late 1950’s and could you describe what it was like to play on the opposite flank of one Danny Blanchflower?

Jim: Well this was the problem he was an attacking midfield player and so was I. When I went to Tottenham they’d sold Tony Marchi to an Italian club, that’s why they’d bought me as a left sided player. The problem was every time Danny used to go up for an attack I used to go up as well and consequently we scored a lot of goals but that also meant that we didn’t come back as often as we should have done. And we conceded a lot of goals, so in the end it was a choice of him or me. And in the end he chose Danny but to be fair to Bill Nicholson he told me exactly what he was doing and sort of said are you going to come and live in London? And I said no. So he said ’ right in the summer I’ll find you a new club ’.

You made your debut for Spurs on the 31st of August 1957 in a league game against Newcastle United, a club who you would later go on to form a great affiliation with. What are your memories of your Spurs debut and how did it come about?

Jim: I signed on the Friday and shot up to Newcastle on the train, I was introduced to the players in Whitley bay, I hadn’t had a training session or anything really. So I walked out into the ground at Newcastle not knowing anything, I was just playing for me, I wasn’t playing for Tottenham because nobody told me what to do or where to go. They just left me to my own devices.

What was your debut like itself?

Jim: Well it was great really because I was playing with good players who were far, far superior players to what was at Sheffield United. Your talking about internationals like Bobby Smith and Danny Blanchflower, it was a different ball game and I enjoyed it although we lost the game 3-1. That in a way didn’t help me because I’d got off on the wrong foot.

Being a young lad from Yorkshire, coming down to London in the 1950’s must have been a big change for you. What was it like adapting to life in the big smoke and what were your initial impressions of north London and life at Tottenham Hotspur?

Jim: It was very difficult, it was ok while we were training up until midday but after that you’d go home and I used to just be there sat in this cafe with nowhere to go. I used to just be hanging around which didn’t help me, because it was the same everyday, but had I have been married I would have gone home, we’d have gone shopping and I would have probably enjoyed it. But on your own it’s a big, big place and I was on my own from one o’clock to nine or ten o’clock at night, it was hard. They’d put me in digs with this old lady with a house full of cats and I hated it, I used to stay out until late at night. I suppose in a way I could blame the club a bit in as that they could have done a little more to make sure that I was ok. Nobody ever asked they just left you to your one devices and that was it. But eventually I managed to find somebody who knew somebody that was living in London and they lived at Cockfosters. Eventually I moved in with them, and I was like a part of their family. So that was a lot better from that point of view.

Could you talk me through some of your favourite memories of your time at Spurs or ones which particularly standout within your memory?

Jim: Obviously one game and that has to be Bill Nicholson’s first game, we were playing Everton and everything changed after Bill took over. He made things interesting and brought over a chap from Italy called Jesse Carver and he was a great coach who I used to get on with very well. Everything was looking up, I’d played for England under 23’s but at the end of that season Bill Nicholson said he’d find me another club if I wasn’t going to move down. I had a choice of Nottingham Forest, Leeds United or West Brom. I chose Nottingham Forest because they’d just won the FA cup, I went down to watch them and I signed for them.

You were involved in our thrilling 10-4 victory over Everton in Bill Nicholson’s first game in charge of the club back in 1958. What are your memories of what must have been a crazy game to have been involved in?

Jim: The thing I remember most was every time that they attacked they scored, and every time we attacked we scored. It was one of those games where every shot went in and it was great to play in and it must have been a fantastic game for the fans. It’s something you’ll never forget because it will never happen again, not in the premier league.

What was the atmosphere like at the Lane that day Jim?

Jim: It was fantastic and it was a full house too that day.

What was the pinnacle of your footballing career?

Jim: I don’t think there was really one outstanding thing, I think the thing I remember most about my career was being involved in these big clubs. Because not everybody gets transferred from Sheffield United to Tottenham Hotspur and Nottingham Forest and to Newcastle United in their career. I played quite a few games for all the teams, meeting the supporters and winning the second division title with Newcastle, things like that led to me wanting to be involved in football after I had finished. And that’s why I got my coaching badges whilst I was at Newcastle, because I wanted to stay in the game and fortunately I did. I got a job at Peterborough as player manager and it all went on from there, but I don’t think there was ever one particular thing in my career as a whole. When I look back now and think about the clubs I played for and some of the games I played in, nobody can take that away from me, it’s there and I like it.

Who was the greatest player that you had the pleasure of sharing a pitch with?

Jim: Danny Blanchflower, it’s got to be!

Could you talk me through your footballing career post Spurs and what prompted you to leave the lilywhites?

Jim: We went on a tour of Russia after the war, no English team had ever been there before. We couldn’t fly to Russia from London instead we had to fly from Heathrow to Belgium and then change planes to get on a Russian plane which would take us to Russia. We had four or five games in Russia and I didn’t play the first two, so immediately I thought there was something wrong as I’d not come over here to carry the bags. Bill Nicholson played Danny Blanchflower and Dave Mackay on the left and right and that told me that my days were numbered, and that’s when I said that I’d leave the club. I signed for Nottingham Forest in 1959 a team who had just won the FA cup, I virtually played in every position for them. I would then go onto join Newcastle United.

Do you ever have any regrets about leaving Spurs shortly before thar famous double winning season?

Jim: It was during the trip to Russia that I first thought I was on my way out, in between that I got married and things did settle down a bit. However, that trip to Russia told me more than anything that I would be leaving, but I’ve got no regrets. I would have been a part of the team that won the double and everything else, but you can’t have it always.

After retiring from playing you went onto become a manager, taking charge of the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Barnsley. What was it like making that transition to management and how did you find those years in your career?

Jim: After I left Newcastle I became player manager at Peterborough and they had a good ground in those days. I was running both the team and the club which sort of helped me to develop as a coach and as a manager. It was a good start, the transition from being a player to becoming a manager. From Peterborough I went to Barnsley, I was there for five years and I enjoyed it. I developed some good players and when I look back now I think I helped them to develop into players. I took the club from being in the red to having money in the bank, and also developing the team that won promotion after I had left to take charge of Blackburn Rovers. Blackburn was a waste of time, it was unbelievable there, it was absolutely incredible the things that happened and I was only given 18 games. I suppose in a way I was glad to leave and they were probably glad to get rid of me but at that time it was embarrassing to be the manager. They wouldn’t sell their players and in the end there was only one way to go. I left and surely enough they went down that season and it had been staring them in the face for the last 12 months.

As somebody who played in a Tottenham side that was rich with talent and experienced what it was like to put on the famous Lilywhite shirt over 55 times. How do you look back on your time at Spurs and is it ever a club you would have liked to have managed?

Jim: Oh yes! To be fair Tottenham was the biggest club that I ever played for but the circumstances and everything involved in me going to Spurs just wasn’t right, but it could have been if I’d of had a bit more help from various people to help me to settle. People didn’t realise that I came from a village in Yorkshire and to move from that village to a big city like London was very difficult. It’s like you coming out of London and coming to live in a village, you’d think god where am I. I used to find myself doing silly things like getting on the tube and going to Piccadilly Circus to walk around the shops, I’d never buy anything I’d just be mooching around doing nothing and wasting time. It was very difficult and I needed help.

What was it like to represent the England under 23 side?

Jim: It was good I enjoyed it, there were some great players who played in that team and I greatly enjoyed it. I wanted more but that’s life.

Are you still in contact with any of your old Spurs teammates?

Jim: I went down for the Spurs versus Everton game in 2017 and I got to see Cliff Jones in the room where they had the ex players (at White Hart Lane). It was nice to see everybody but life carries on and you can dwell too much on what happened in your career and that’s part of the reason why a lot of the players get in trouble, because they can’t let it go. You should think of the memories and enjoy them, not think about what you could have been or what you could have done. Get on with your life, you’ve got a family and children! If fans say to me are you Jim Iley I’m pleased because even now I get people knocking on the door coming for autographs and pictures. When you think about it it’s been over 50 years and I’ll enjoy it whilst it lasts.

What was Bill Nicholson like as a manager?

Jim: He was a hard man who was very meticulous.

How about the other player who you played under Jimmy Anderson?

Jim: Rubbish! He was a secretary and I think they’d pushed him into the job, I never saw him and didn’t know anything about him or anything. Once Bill Nicholson took charge he changed the training and managed to make things more interesting.

Finally, I couldn’t end our interview without asking you what Tottenham Hotspur still means to you after all these years?

Jim: One of the first results that I look for is Tottenham, I look at the way that they play and I look at the team that they’ve got. It’s one of these things where sometimes I get a little bit annoyed because they could be a top team again but they need a push to spend that extra to finish the job off. They’ve got a great manager and a good team but it’s a team that is just short of winning things.

Spurs under 18’s versus Reading: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus Reading: (match preview)

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Before I start my preview of this weekends game I’d like to congratulate the Tottenham under 17 side that won the Euro youth cup in Germany last week. Matt Wells and the lads continued their excellent start to the season, as a team consisting mainly of first year scholars, as well as under 16’s and a couple of second years overcame some fine youth teams on route to picking up the trophy. Our lads had a great tournament by all accounts, we reached the final courtesy of a 3-0 win over Anderlecht, before defeating Galatasaray 1-0 in the final courtesy of Harvey White’s first half penalty. Meanwhile Matt Wells’ under 18 side will be looking to continue their brilliant start to the new season when they face Reading at Hotspur Way on Saturday morning. Having won their opening four games of the new season, Spurs will be hoping to maintain their 100% record when the royals come to town at the weekend. David Dodds Reading haven’t started the season too badly themselves, and with three wins from their opening four league matches they currently occupy fifth spot in the table. Our under 18’s suffered contrasting fortunes when these two teams met in the league last season. After losing 1-0 against Reading in the reverse fixture at Hogwood Park, Spurs responded superbly to Jonathan Dinzeyi’s first half sending off in the home fixture later on in the campaign. Inspired by an excellent performance from former Spurs youngster Reo Griffiths, Spurs ended up winning that fixture 4-0. After having brushed aside the likes of Chelsea and Southampton already this season you’d have to fancy Matt Wells’ side making it five wins from five on Saturday. However, with our under 23’s playing against Manchester City the night before, key under 18 players J’Neil Bennett and Paris Maghoma are likely to feature in that game and would hence miss the Reading game the following morning. As would centre forward Troy Parrott who is suspended for the Reading game.

Another factor which could force Matt Wells into shuffling his squad around, much like he did when we played Southampton in our last game, is the fact that our under 19’s get their UEFA youth league campaign underway only a couple of days later. Our under 19’s opening UEFA youth league game against Inter Milan on Tuesday afternoon could mean that the likes of Bennett, Bowden, Maghoma and possibly even Markanday are rested for the Reading game. Even without those players Spurs should be able to overcome Reading on the day. Reading’s danger man is the inform Thierry Nevers who operates as a centre forward. In addition, former Spurs schoolboy Marcel Elva-Fontaine will be a threat out wide. Sadly I will be unable to report on the game as I will be at Wembley watching our first team take on Liverpool. I wish all of our lads the very best of luck.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) De Bie (og), Lyons-Foster, Walcott, Binks, Cirkin, A.Shashoua (c), White, Clarke, Markanday, Patterson, Mukendi.

OG* = Overage goalkeeper.

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Tainio, Statham, Cooper, Asante.

Doubtful: N/A.

Injured/unavailable: Kacper Kurylowicz (currently on a youth loan with Barnet), Troy Parrott (suspended) and Rodel Richards (injured).

Previous meeting: Spurs 4-0.

My score prediction: Spurs 4-2.

My one to watch: The royals inform forward Thierry Nevers who has four goals from Reading’s opening four league matches this season.

Spurs under 23’s versus Manchester City: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Manchester City: (match preview)

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Our under 23’s return to action on Friday evening when they host Manchester City at Broadhall Way, in the PL2. After Wayne Burnett’s younger then usual development side put in a hugely impressive performance against league two club Crawley Town in the Checkatrade trophy last week, Spurs will be buoyed ahead of Fridays match. Featuring a selection of under 18 players, Burnett’s side showed a different kind of energy and creativity to their game during the 1-1 draw with Crawley, something which could prompt him to field a similar lineup for the visit of the sky blues. Second year scholars Jamie Bowden and Paris Maghoma put in excellent performances in the centre of midfield against Crawley and they were pivotal to us creating chances, it will be interesting to see if Burnett sticks with them for the Man City game. Still searching for their first win of the new PL2 season, Burnett’s side have struggled for goals so far in this campaign. However, Manchester City’s leaky defence could provide them with a couple of opportunities to add to their tally of five goals this season. Whilst the opposition haven’t started the season in the best of form defensively speaking, Paul Harsley’s side have been free scoring and have managed to find the back of the net on 13 occasions already this season. Picking up seven points from their first four PL2 games, Harsley’s side have picked up impressive victories against both Arsenal and West Ham. However, they also suffered a surprising 5-0 defeat to Brighton in their last PL2 outing. Prolific in front of goal, Man City’s potent attack includes inform Spanish centre forward Nabil Touaizi who has six PL2 goals already this season. In addition, Harsley’s speedy wide man Rabbi Matondo has also been in impressive goalscoring form. With Guardiola’s possession based attacking football implemented in the academy set up, Man City’s development side play almost identical football to their first team as you would expect.

Manchester City passed us off the park when these two teams met in this fixture last season, as they recorded a 5-0 win against Spurs at Broadhall Way in the final PL2 fixture of last season. Bolstered by the attacking fire power of Phil Foden, Brahim Diaz and Lukas Nmecha, the sky blues ripped our defence apart in that game. And whilst those players are unlikely to be involved on Friday, the creativity of the likes of Ian Poveda who also played in that game is something that Spurs will have to deal with if they are to stop a repeat of that happening. Another talented player who has been involved in all four of Manchester City’s PL2 games this season is French midfielder Claudio Gomes. A highly rated central midfielder, Gomes was a summer recruit from French side PSG. I think it will be fascinating to see how Burnett will approach this game, whether or not he’ll opt for the same kind of format which saw us impress against Crawley last week is yet to be seen. However, if we play Harsley’s side at their own game then we will force mistakes out of their defence, this will likely result in another high scoring affair. Without the suspended Troy Parrott for Friday evenings game, Spurs’ only other recognised centre forward Shayon Harrison is an injury doubt after limping off against Crawley. Hopefully there’ll be more opportunities for our under 18’s to feature in this important PL2 clash. I will be reporting on Friday evenings game and I shall have my report out by the following day.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Marsh, Eyoma, Tanganga (c), Brown, Bowden, Skipp, Oakley-Boothe, Maghoma, Roles, Harrison.

Subs from: Freeman, Dinzeyi, Duncan, Bennett, Markanday.

Doubtful: Shilow Tracey and Shayon Harrison.

Injured/unavailable: Troy Parrott (suspended), Kazaiah Sterling (injured), Jamie Reynolds (injured), Tariq Hinds (inured), Anthony Georgiou (inured).

Previous meeting: Spurs 0-5.

My score prediction: 2-2.

ICYMI: https://superhotspur.com/2018/09/10/jamie-bowden-the-local-lad-who-im-hoping-will-follow-in-the-footsteps-of-harry-winks/

My one to watch: Manchester City’s ridiculously quick right winger Rabbi Matondo is a player who is capable of causing Spurs serious problems on Friday. The athletic Wales under 21 international has beaten the likes of Leroy Sané in sprint tests, and his exceptional speed, agility and fancy footwork has hit the headlines over the past year. The former Cardiff youngster has started the new PL2 season in fine form, with three goals from the sky blues opening four PL2 matches. Matondo is a really powerful, skilful and direct winger who when in full flow is impossible to defend against. Jaden Brown will have a really tough task to try and stop the threat of Matondo on Friday evening, he is likely to be Manchester City’s biggest threat going forward.

Jamie Bowden: – The local lad who I’m hoping will follow in the footsteps of Harry Winks:

Jamie Bowden: – The local lad who I’m hoping will follow in the footsteps of Harry Winks:

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For many Spurs fans the name Jamie Bowden wouldn’t have meant an awful lot, up until our pre-season friendly against Girona at the beginning of last month. After the 17 year old who grew up off the park lane, came on in the 83rd minute of the game to make his first team debut for his boyhood club. For those of you who have read my match reports over the past two seasons, you’ll know how highly I rate the talented and terrifically consistent central midfielder. And after a sparkling start to the new 2018/19 season I thought I’d go into greater detail about the young prodigy, and considering it’s an international break at present I thought there was no better time to write my piece on the teenager from Tottenham. Especially, as I promised I would do in my report of our developments side encounter with Crawley last week, in which I awarded Jamie with the man of the match award for the second time in the space of just four days. A deep lying central midfielder with a distinctly creative style to his game, Jamie Bowden is currently in his second year of scholarship at Spurs. Bowden was a key component of the Tottenham under 18 side that reached the premier league cup final in the 2017/18 season. One of the youngest of Tottenham’s first year scholars. Bowden’s impressive performances cemented his place in the side over the course of the campaign, and he would go on to make 25 appearances for Parker’s side that same season. By no means a new name to me, I first saw Jamie play when he was only 14 years of age, in an academy showcase game involving Spurs and Ipswich’s under 15’s, back in March of 2016. Impressing in the centre of the park at Portman road, Bowden stood out with his passing range and composure both on and off the ball. The 14 year old also managed to find the back of the net courtesy of a stunning long range strike. The following season Bowden became an important member of our under 16’s side as well as earning a well deserved call up to the England under 16 team. The schoolboy made four appearances for our under 18’s during the 2016/17 campaign and with his maturity plain to see it was no wonder why.

However, it was in Bowden’s first year of scholarship at the club where he enjoyed arguably his greatest season yet. Making 25 appearances for Scott Parker’s side in all competitions along with two further appearances for the under 19’s in the UEFA youth league, Bowden was one of Parker’s most consistent performers. Bowden was a real force in the centre of the park, breaking up play effectively and keeping things tidy in the middle of the pitch. Young Jamie held his own against much stronger opponents, his reading of the game caught my eye very early on as did the teenagers tenacity and willingness to get to the ball before his man. Not only was the first year scholar an effective ball winner he was also one of our under 18’s most creative and influential players. A deep lying playmaker, Bowden’s exceptional passing range and fine vision for a pass contributed to many of the moves that led to our goals in the under 18 league. Bagging four assists and one goal throughout the domestic season, Bowden picked up many if not dozens of third assists and remained one of if not our best performer throughout the season. If you read back my match reports of last season you’ll know that I was raving about Bowden since the very first month of the season. From his decision making to his defending, and versatility across the park, not once did I see Jamie have a bad game. Filling in at centre half on numerous occasions during the season the teenager also impressed on the continent. And the youngster was awarded with the midfielder of the tournament award, for his string of excellent performances at the under 17 Borgaro Maggioni Righi tournament, in the spring of 2018. And Bowden has started the new 2018/19 season in exactly the same way, after impressing for our development side in pre-season Jamie has really upped his game in the under 18 southern league.

Bowden has put in a series of masterful and domineering performances in the centre of the park, the 17 year old has continued to shine. And after already matching his tally of four assists last season, Bowden is playing with even more confidence and flare to his game. After his superb display for our development side (on his competitive debut) during their Checkatrade trophy encounter with League two club Crawley Town last Tuesday, I thought it was about time I’d written a piece on our of most talented young players. Almost Carrick like in his play, Bowden is a deep lying central midfielder whose job is to act as a shield to the defence. Breaking up play, and keeping things ticking in the middle of the park like a Harry Winks type of player. Energetic and tenacious, Bowden is also exceptionally creative from deep and his excellent passing range has often been the difference for our under 18’s in games. With his deftly accurate passing and ability to read the game so well, Bowden reminds me of a young Harry Winks a player who he cites as one of his biggest influences. Like Winks, Bowden is a tireless central midfielder, a player who always manages to get back into his position at the vital time. Bowden is such an effective central midfielder who has a passing range just as impressive as the considerably older Winks. Young Jamie is a midfield technician who is able to combine his defensive duties with his devastating creativity. Like Michael Carrick, Bowden has that ability to take three or four players out of the game with a single pass, he also has the ability to dictate play from the middle of the park. Much more than a solid midfielder who can break up play and keep things tidy. The thing which impresses me time and time again about Bowden’s play is his awareness. He is constantly dropping into little pockets of space which allows him the time and the room to pick out other players who are higher up the pitch. Like his peer Oliver Skipp, Bowden reads the game with a maturity that is well beyond his years.

He knows when to make that cynical foul that is needed to thwart a dangerous attack, he also knows when he needs to feed the ball into the centre forward and with the deftness and the precision needed in order to paralyse the defence. However, it would be lazy to just draw comparisons with the likes of Carrick and Winks even though he reminds me of both, as for me Bowden is one of the least English, English midfielders at this level. From the way he reads the game, to the composure he shows whilst he is on the ball, Bowden is a typical Italian midfielder. With his almost Pirlo-esque passing and reading of the game, Bowden is able to do the nitty gritty side of the game to perfection whilst remaining focussed and aware of his surroundings. Despite his slight figure Bowden is strong in possession and rarely finds himself dispossessed, like his slightly older peer Oliver Skipp he keeps things simple and never overplays a situation. In many ways Bowden is quite similar to the more experienced Oliver Skipp, both are extremely attentive players who are very good at recycling possession and keeping their position. However, even if Bowden didn’t have that creative element to his game he’d still be an exceptionally talented player, but it’s that edge to his game which has always caught my eye. His all round ability on the football pitch is quite striking as he demonstrated so effectively against Crawley last week. Coming up against the physically imposing midfield duo of Dannie Bulman and Mark Randall, Bowden held his own in the middle of the park alongside his more offensive partner Paris Maghoma. The teenager stayed deep as he snuffed out danger, proving to be a vital cog in Burnett’s side. As the game progressed Bowden became more confident and assertive. And during the second half Bowden showed off his impressive passing range, pulling off some ambitious passes to feed the centre forward (Shayon Harrison) in.

The midfielder also showed this maturity in the Tournoi Europeen in pre-season, when he put in a string of highly effective midfield performances against older and more physical opposition. Bowden is an Irish Londoner who is eligible to represent Ireland at international level and considering how frequently scouts from the FAI turn up to watch games at Hotspur Way, I would be astonished if he wasn’t already on their radar. Having watched him play extensively over the past couple of seasons I can say that Bowden is undoubtedly one of the finest central midfielders of his age group, in this country and I was particularly surprised that the three lions didn’t call him up over the summer for the under 17 European championships. Jamie is a nuisance to come up against, he is tigerish and unrelenting, unafraid to get stuck in though he is astute in his defending and is never rash in the challenge. I’m not going to compare him with Skipp or Maghoma for the simple fact that they are all different types of midfielders, who all have different attributes and styles. However, Bowden is one special talent and an elegant one at that, so often you see technically gifted midfielders who don’t possess that impressive passing range. However, Bowden pings the ball about like a young Pirlo, he is a midfield craftsman as much as he is a defensive midfielder. He reads the game well, he has a decent shot at his disposal but what Bowden has that so many young midfielders don’t have is the ability to pick apart a defence with a single pass. The weight and sheer accuracy of his passing is just sublime. In my opinion Bowden is more than ready to make the permanent step up to the under 23 side, he is far too good for the under 18 league. And whilst he does lack in strength he makes up for it in intelligence and awareness, as he showed against Crawley he is ready to make that step up. If Bowden is promoted to the development side then he will provide Burnett with a real creative edge from the middle, something which they have really lacked so far this season, and I’m hoping that he’ll start against Manchester City on Friday to prove this.

Jamie Bowden has been at Spurs since the age of six, he is a lifelong Tottenham fan who has been immersed in the philosophies and traditions of the club. Without sounding overly positive in this article (which I am by no means being!) I couldn’t sing his praises highly enough, and like Skipp and Winks he is the perfect Pochettino player who ticks so many boxes. Like Skipp, Bowden strikes me as a quiet and unassuming lad, I just hope that he continues to enjoy his football and develop as he does so. He has a very big future with both Spurs and Ireland and he is a player who you will be hearing a lot more about over the course of the season.

Shayon Harrison on Jamie’s performance against Crawley Town last week: “Jamie in the midfield, in his first game, looked so comfortable and looked like he’s played in 100 games already!”

Spurs under 21’s 1-1 Crawley Town (Crawley won 5-3 on penalties): (match report)

Spurs under 21’s 1-1 Crawley Town (Crawley won 5-3 on penalties): (match report)

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Our development side got this seasons Checkatrade trophy campaign underway when they took on league two side Crawley Town on Tuesday night. Wayne Burnett’s under 21 side were hoping to improve in the competition this season after making their debut in it during the 2017/18 season. Without the talented defensive duo of Japhet Tanganga and TJ Eyoma who had already gone away on international duty with England, Burnett was forced into fielding a whole host of players from our under 18 side. It was a much changed side to the one which had lost 2-1 to Arsenal on Friday. Our visit to Crawley saw first year scholars Malachi Walcott and Luis Binks start in a back three as they made their debuts at this level. Furthermore, second year scholars Paris Maghoma and Jamie Bowden formed an effective partnership in central midfield. Burnett also showed faith in several more of our under 18’s, such as Harvey White and J’Neil Bennett (both 16) who joined Armando Shashoua and Troy Parrott on the Spurs bench. Burnett had shown faith in this extremely young Spurs side and they didn’t let him down, they were superb against the league two outfit. Playing beyond their years, the young Lilywhites rose to the occasion, putting in an impressive and assertive performance against the much more physical and experienced Crawley Town. Burnett’s side were confident and assured in their play during their 1-1 draw with the Red Devil’s. They read the game well, defended impeccably and knew when to burst forwards. In my opinion our youngsters put in an even better performance than the one in which our under 23’s put in against Liverpool only a couple of weeks earlier. Despite losing 5-3 on penalties to the Sussex club which saw Burnett’s side miss out on the extra bonus point on offer, Spurs came back to London with a valuable and hugely respectable point. Combative and willing to battle with the much more physical opposition, Spurs were highly competitive throughout what was a very close first half with few clear cut chances falling for either side. The second half was a lot more open as both sides tried to break the deadlock with their attractive style of football.

Shayon Harrison pounced on a poor pass from Dannie Bulman to finish well from inside the penalty area to give Spurs the lead on 50 minutes. However, our lead would only last for nine minutes, Crawley centre defender Bondz N’Gala drew level for the league two side after volleying home from Lewis Young’s free kick. An exciting 30 or so minutes remained as both sides tried to find the winner. However, despite their best efforts neither side could find that illusive goal and the game ended up going to a penalty shootout to determine who would get the extra bonus point. Sadly, Paris Maghoma missed the decisive penalty for Spurs owing only to a fantastic save from the Crawley goalkeeper Yusuf Mersin. Unfortunately for Burnett’s young side, Crawley’s David Sesay converted the resulting penalty kick to earn the home side the extra point. Originally scheduled to kick off at 7:45 pm, our Checkatrade trophy game was delayed by 15 minutes owing to traffic problems. Burnett’s young and experimental side played in a 3-4-2-1 formation, with Brandon Austin starting in goal. In front of the 19 year old goalkeeper was a back three of Jonathan Dinzeyi, Malachi Walcott and Luis Binks. Four Tottenham players started in the midfield, with George Marsh and Jaden Brown operating as wingbacks, whilst Maghoma and Bowden started in the centre of the park. In front of the midfield was the attacking triangle of Oakley-Boothe and Roles (both of whom played outwide) whilst the most experienced member of the team Shayon Harrison led the line. The home team got the game underway but it was Burnett’s side who had the first real chance of the game, only a couple of minutes in. A good move from the young Lilywhites saw Maghoma play in Harrison down the left hand side of the penalty area with a nicely weighted pass. However, the Tottenham forward was closed down well by Crawley defender Joe McNerney who blocked his effort out for a corner. Luke Young’s corner kick caused havoc in the Spurs box at the other end pitch. As Spurs frantically tried to clear Panutche Camara’s header inside the penalty area.

Paris Maghoma had taken the game by the scruff of the neck during the opening stages, and the creative midfielder came close to giving Spurs the lead through a move of his own making. Maghoma burst forward through the centre of the park, the 17 year old tricked his way past Camara before firing an effort narrowly wide of the Crawley goal from 25 yards out. It had been a lively start to the game as both sides tried to move the ball around the park. However, it had been Burnett’s side who had started the game the brightest of the two teams. Another move orchestrated by Maghoma saw the midfielder exchange passes with Harrison on the edge of the Crawley penalty area, before blasting the ball over Mersin’s crossbar. Jack Roles then had a shot blocked by Camara on the edge of the penalty area, as Spurs continued to put pressure on the hosts. Limited mainly to set pieces, Lewis Young’s free kick into the danger zone deceived everyone in a red shirt as it went harmlessly wide for a goal kick. Burnett’s side came close to opening the scoring when Jaden Brown whipped a menacing ball into the box after receiving Maghoma’s pass. The left wing backs delivery was only just missed by Roles who came sliding in at the near post, but failed to make contact with the ball. A heroic piece of defending from Marsh prevented Crawley from breaking the deadlock a couple of minutes later. A sharp incisive move from the home team saw Young pass the ball to Camara on the edge of the penalty area. Camara quickly slipped the ball into Randall inside the box, but just as he was about to pull the trigger Marsh came sprinting across his man to make a goal saving sliding challenge. The alert Jonathan Dinzeyi then made a good header at the back post to clear Young’s menacing cross into the danger zone. Crawley whipped another dangerous ball into the penalty area, this time through McNerney whose pacy delivery was glanced marginally wide of Austin’s goal by Tarryn Allarakhia.

The lively Jack Roles then won a free kick in a promising position out on the right wing, after some fancy footwork from the Cypriot youth international drew a foul from a Crawley player. However, Bowden’s resulting delivery ended up going straight down the throat of Crawley goalkeeper Yusuf Mersin. The game was quickly gathering pace with action aplenty at both ends of the pitch, as both sides went in search of the opening goal of the game. Dannie Bulman came close to gifting the home side the lead after he cut inside Binks down the right before firing over. Shayon Harrison forced a save out of Mersin a couple of moments later, after the centre forward picked up Jack Roles’ pass on the edge of the Crawley penalty area. The tricky Harrison managed to hold off his man before forcing a good stop out of Mersin at his bottom left with a powerful effort. Brandon Austin was then tested for the first real time after the 19 year old was forced to deal with Bulman’s fizzing effort from range, which Austin was just able to palm behind for a corner at his bottom left. The Crawley midfielders effort had plenty of swerve on it and had almost caught the Spurs goalkeeper by surprise. The energetic Jack Roles made a hugely important interception shortly afterwards to win the ball off of Camara inside the penalty area. Lewis Young then saw his headed attempt at goal cleared by Jaden Brown as Spurs continued to quell Crawley’s attacking onslaught towards the latter stages of the half. However, Burnett’s side were still seeing more of the ball and they were continuing to create chances through the middle. An intricate move from the young Lilywhites saw Maghoma pass the ball to Harrison, the forward then shifted the ball out to Brown who went galavanting down the left hand side before whipping the ball into the danger zone. Brown’s cross was cleared away by a Crawley defender but only into the feet of Harrison who was waiting on the edge of the box as the centre forward blasted the ball over the crossbar with a poorly struck volley.

Passing the ball around the park in the final minutes of the half it was quite obvious that Burnett’s side just wanted to go into halftime with the scores all level. However, Crawley came a matter of inches away from taking the lead right on the stroke of half time. After Crawley defender Joe McNerney cut inside from the right wing, McNerney shimmied past Binks on the edge of the box before curling an effort across goal and narrowly wide of Austin’s right hand post to wrap up an entertaining first half of football. Spurs got the second half underway as Burnett’s young lads tried to continue to hold their own against the considerably more physical opposition. And the Red Devil’s started the half quite brightly, after Maghoma gave the ball away to Young, the Crawley skipper charged down the right flank before continuing towards the edge of the Tottenham penalty area where he dragged an effort wide of goal courtesy of a deflection off of Dinzeyi on the way. Paris Maghoma made amends for giving the ball away moments later when he produced an important block to thwart Camara’s effort on goal from the resulting corner kick. Having managed to survive this spell of pressure that Crawley had put them under, Burnett’s side were continuing to work hard in order to create chances of their own. Harrison didn’t need any of his players to help him out after the Tottenham forward had the ball played into him inside the penalty area on 49 minutes. Harrison couldn’t believe his luck as Bulman passed the ball to him inside the penalty area whilst trying to find Mersin. Harrison picked up the ball down the left hand side of the penalty, the youngster looked up at goal as Mersin struggled to get back into position and fired a low effort towards the far corner of the goal. Harrison’s shot struck the inside of the right hand post before bouncing across the goal and into the opposite side of the net, 1-0. It was a typical poachers goals from a player who I have seen score those kind of goals for what feels like a very long time.

After having taken a deserved lead the big test for Burnett’s youngsters was finding a way to hold on to that lead. The so far uninvolved Oakley-Boothe managed to win a free kick for Spurs on the edge of the penalty area. However, Maghoma’s resulting effort was driven straight into the Crawley wall. The ball came out to Marsh on the edge of the penalty area, the right wing back steadied himself before lashing the ball high over Mersin’s crossbar. The fast paced start to the half continued as Camara attempted to play in Dominic Poleon down the right side of the Tottenham penalty. And Camara almost succeeded in picking the former Leeds man out but for a vital interception from the alert Binks to break up the attack. The referee Tim Robinson temporarily halted play after Brown and Maghoma clattered into each other out on the left wing. The impressive Luis Binks then made an important block inside the Tottenham box to block Bulman’s header after the Crawley midfielder had gotten on the end of Young’s corner kick. Despite our impeccable defending we were caught out by a Crawley free kick in the 59th minute. Lewis Young’s in swinging delivery from the right managed to pick out Bondz N’Gala in the centre of the penalty area. The physically imposing defender managed to get to the ball before Dinzeyi to stab the ball into the top right hand corner of Austin’s goal, from only four yards out. N’Gala’s unstoppable volley had given Austin no time to react, it was a fine finish from the Crawley centre half, 1-1. The referee had been very harsh on Walcott to award the free kick in the first place for a supposed foul from the the 16 year old. A player who was doing an excellent job in the centre of the park was Jamie Bowden, and the creative 17 year old almost managed to pick out Harrison in the penalty area with a lovely pass over the top of the Crawley defence. However, Harrison couldn’t quite get the ball down in time as a Crawley defender got back to clear. Spurs were trying incredibly hard to regain their lead.

The skilful Jack Roles managed to turn his man wonderfully before passing the ball to Harrison on the edge of the penalty area. Harrison managed to sort his feet out quickly before forcing a good save out of Mersin who got down to the stop his powerful low effort at goal. The particularly attacking Jaden Brown almost managed to play the ball into Harrison a couple of moments later. Oakley-Boothe saw his cross into the box come off the top of Mersin’s crossbar a few minutes later whilst Roles tested Mersin from range with a low effort as Spurs continued to trouble the league two sides defence. Spurs’ good spell of possession continued as Jack Roles had an effort blocked by N’Gala before Burnett’s side had a penalty claim waved away by the the referee, after Oakley-Boothe was brought down inside the area by Poleon after the teenager had surged past his man. Despite being relatively comfortable in possession young Malachi Walcott’s poorly weighted back pass towards Austin allowed Poleon a clean route through to goal. Poleon darted down the left side of the penalty area where he came one on one with Austin who managed to close down his angles well before making an excellent stop to prevent Poleon’s powerful effort. Before the alert Luis Binks got back to deny the Crawley forwards follow up with a superb sliding challenge. Spurs then broke forwards down the other end as Brown charged down the left wing before forcing a decent stop out of Mersin at his near post. After a frantic five or so minutes of action at both ends, Burnett was forced into making his first substitution of the game after Harrison had picked up an injury. Burnett brought on young Troy Parrott for the remaining 12 minutes of the game. The tireless George Marsh produced a superb block to thwart Allarakhia’s effort on goal a couple of minutes later. Whilst Brandon Austin almost found himself in a spot of bother after he spilt a Crawley free kick inside the penalty area.

Both sides were really pushing for that late winner and this meant that both teams defences were very open. A teasing cross into the box from Marsh out on the right hand side only just evaded Roles who came ghosting into the penalty area. 16 year old J’Neil Bennett was brought on shortly afterwards in place of Tashan Oakley-Boothe as Burnett tried to inject some pace into the Spurs side. A lot more confident and creative in the second half, Bowden almost managed to play the newly introduced winger through on goal with a well weighted pass through the Crawley defence. Brandon Austin wasn’t taking any chances with substitute Brian Galach’s menacing ball into the penalty area, as the Tottenham goalkeeper tipped the ball over the bar and out for a corner kick at the other end. Brown produced a fine piece of defending to get a vital touch to Camara’s resulting volley from inside the penalty area after the striker had gotten on the end of the resulting corner kick. Then came a late confrontation between both sets of players, after a nasty sliding challenge from Maguire on Roles, tempers started to flare. The Crawley defender was unhappy that Roles was still on the floor as he lay in pain. So Maguire attempted to haul him up by the back of his shirt, this annoyed Dinzeyi and Marsh who rushed towards the Crawley man to confront him. However, Roles got back on his feet to prevent his teammates from getting themselves in any unnecessary trouble. Spurs had a late chance to win the game after Bowden whipped an inviting free kick into the danger zone. Luis Binks tried his best to get to the the ball but the defender just missed it, as Mersin gathered. Austin was forced into action during the last couple of minutes of the game to punch clear Randall’s free kick as he ended up taking out Binks in the process. The same player had a free kick blocked by the Spurs wall shortly afterwards as McNerney blazed over on the rebound. The extra point would be decided by a penalty shootout.

Crawley had the advantage of taking the first penalty of the shootout, as Crawley skipper Lewis Young stepped up to take. Young’s slightly fortuitous effort straight down the middle of the goal, came off of the underside of the crossbar before bouncing up into the roof of the net, 1-0. Young Luis Binks replied for Spurs with a cool penalty which was fired into the bottom right hand corner of the goal. The Red Devil’s then made it 2-1 after Dominic Poleon slotted home, whilst the typically calm Jack Roles paid no attention to the jeering Crawley fans as he made it 2-2 with a finish into the top right hand corner of the goal. Randall then fired home emphatically to make it 3-2, before Jamie Bowden responded by beating Mersin with a powerful effort to the keepers left. Despite the outstretched Austin diving the right way, the Spurs goalkeeper was unable to prevent Ollie Palmer from finding the bottom right hand corner of the goal to make it 4-3. Great pressure was put on the shoulders of our next penalty taker Paris Maghoma, the 17 year old went on his usual little run up. However, this time the teenager was denied by Mersin as his convincing effort towards the bottom left hand corner of the goal was stopped by the outstretched Mersin as Maghoma buried his face in his shirt in utter disappointment. David Sesay had the chance to win it for Crawley from the spot and the former Watford youngster duly obliged. Firing the ball straight down the middle to make the scores 5-3. It didn’t matter that Burnett’s side weren’t able to pick up the extra point, at the end of the day they put in a performance of real maturity. One in which demonstrated their class and ability but most importantly of all provided our younger than usual development side, with the vital experience of playing against a football league side in a competitive game. Our next game in this competition is next month where we will play in Gillingham in a must win clash at Priestfield on the 9th of October.

Player reviews: – Brandon Austin: Austin put in another superb performance in between the sticks, on what was only his second appearance of the season. I was very impressed with the way in which he dealt with set pieces, and how commanding he was against some very big and physical Crawley players. Not only that, the 19 year old made a string of fine saves including an excellent one to deny Dominic Poleon from a one on one situation during the second half.
– Jonathan Dinzeyi: The most experienced member of a very young Tottenham back three, Dinzeyi played at rcb for the game against Crawley. Impressive and assertive in his defending, Dinzeyi was dominant in the air and made numerous headed clearances. I also thought that the 18 year old read the game well and apart from the odd lapse in concentration he put in a really strong performance. The one time winger would often drive out from the back in an almost Vertonghen-esque way.
– Malachi Walcott: 2002 born centre half Malachi Walcott made his debut at this level on Tuesday evening. Playing in the middle of the back three, young Walcott put in a really mature performance. Like his peer Luis Binks he played like an experienced 25 year old, his decision making was nice and effective as too was his defending. Walcott won the vast majority of his aerial duels and apart from making one error which allowed Poleon to run through on goal, he was flawless.
– Luis Binks: Like Walcott, Binks showed a maturity well beyond his years. Only two days after turning 17 Binks made his debut for the development side, playing on the left side of the back three. Making many important interceptions and challenges despite his lack of experience, the England youth international read the game even better than our other two centre half’s. There were two pieces of defending which really stood out, the vital interception he made to prevent a through ball from reaching a Crawley forward in the penalty. And also his excellent last ditch challenge/block to prevent Poleon from scoring early on in the second half. Binks also despatched his spot kick very cooly indeed.
– George Marsh: Operating as a right wing back, the 19 year old skipper led by example and put in a very solid showing down on that right hand side. Marsh got up and down the flank very well and contributed at both ends of the pitch, but it was the midfielders many important challenges, interceptions and blocks which proved so vital to Spurs picking up the point. Marsh played with aplomb.
– Jamie Bowden: My motm, see below.
– Paris Maghoma: Maghoma was pivotal to the way in which Spurs played, operating as a central midfielder the youngster produced the complete midfield performance. Strong and assertive in the middle of the park, Maghoma made such a positive contribution to the game. With his fancy footwork, movement and awareness, the 17 year old posed a real threat at both ends of the pitch. His willingness to embark on surging runs through the middle created multiple chances for Spurs as too were his many well weighted through balls which he managed to feed into Harrison. Never afraid to try his luck from range, Maghoma was brave both with and without the ball at his feet. He was productive but above all else he was hungry to influence play, to drive at the Crawley defence and to hold off players who were twice the size of him. Once again he demonstrated his great potential. Maghoma was an orchestrator for Spurs from the centre of midfield and put in a very mature performance.
– Jaden Brown: Playing as a left wing back, Brown was a real attacking threat down the left wing. With his many surging runs and pin point crosses into the danger zone, the fullback turned out to be one of our most creative players on the night. The 19 year old also got stuck in defensively and made some important defensive contributions.
– Tashan Oakley-Boothe: Playing almost as an inside forward out on the right, Oakley-Boothe struggled to get into the game for large periods of it. However, during the second half he started to play with a bit of flare about his game and was far more creative. He was however, brought off in place of Bennett with eight minutes of the game remaining.
– Jack Roles: Playing on the opposite side of Oakley-Boothe, Roles was a real live wire throughout the game. His movement was first class as too were the many runs he made in and around the six yard box. The midfielder came close to getting on the end of Brown’s menacing crosses on numerous occasions. He also passed the ball around crisply and created some good chances.
– Shayon Harrison: Harrison lasted 78 minutes of the game before being forced off through injury in the second half. He led the line by example and really played off the shoulder of the Crawley defenders. He was sharp and incisive and would often look to test Mersin from the edge of the penalty area, Harrison took his goal extremely well and made it look easy.
– Troy Parrott: The Irishman looked very sharp during his late cameo.
– J’Neil Bennett: Bennett was only on the pitch for a couple of minutes but the first year scholar showed a real willingness to take on Lewis Young down the left wing.

My man of the match: Jamie Bowden. For those spectator who were unaware of the youngsters age and previous experiences at this level, you’d of thought young Jamie was an experienced member of Spurs’ development side based on his dominant performance against Crawley. It was a very Winks-esque performance from the 17 year old in the centre of the park. Bowden stayed deeper than Maghoma and mopped up well in front of the back three, not only did he read the game exceptionally well, Bowden was feisty without being aggressive. He was a ball winning midfielder as well as a creative midfielder and provided vital protection to the back three. Rarely dispossessed throughout the game, Bowden was strong on the ball and held his own against the likes of Bulman and Randall. He was cool, calm and collected much like Winks was at the same age. However, he showed a remarkable understanding of the game and of his surroundings. He was sharp and attentive and good at breaking up play. However, as the game went on he really started to grow in confidence and made some lovely defence splitting passes through to Harrison up top, he played with a panache about his game and showed great composure. Bowden also converted his spot kick during the penalty shootout. I’m planning on writing an in-depth piece on the midfielder at some point during the international break.

Crawley Town: Mersin, Young (c), McNerney, Poleon, Nathaniel-George (Galach 46), Maguire, Allarakhia (Palmer 80), Bulman (Sesay 71), Randall, Camara, N’Gala. Substitutes (not used): Morris, Doherty, Connolly, Morais.

Spurs: Austin, Marsh, Brown, Walcott, Dinzeyi, Binks, Maghoma, Bowden, Harrison (Parrott 78), Roles, Oakley-Boothe (Bennett 82). Substitutes (not used): De Bie, Duncan, A Shashoua, White.

Goals: Crawley – N’Gala 59; Spurs – Harrison 50.

Yellow card: Crawley – Randall 85.

Referee: Tim Robinson.

Stadium: Broadfield Stadium.

Attendance: 1,403.

Penalty shootout: Crawley – Young – scored
Spurs – Binks – scored
Crawley – Poleon – scored
Spurs – Roles – scored
Crawley – Randall – scored
Spurs – Bowden – scored
Crawley – Palmer – scored
Spurs – Maghoma – saved
Crawley – Sesay – scored

Spurs under 21/23’s statistics 2018/19:

Goals scored: Shayon Harrison – 2
Samuel Shashoua – 1
Marcus Edwards – 1
Jaden Brown – 1

Assists: Troy Parrott – 1
Jaden Brown – 1
Shayon Harrison – 1

Spurs under 21’s versus Crawley Town: (match preview)

Spurs under 21’s versus Crawley Town: (match preview)

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Wayne Burnett’s development side get this seasons Checkatrade trophy campaign underway tomorrow when they travel to Sussex to face league two side Crawley Town. After a difficult start to the new PL2 season, Burnett’s side are still winless and will be hoping to change that when they meet the league two club at the Broadfield stadium on Tuesday night. This is Spurs’ second involvement in the Checkatrade trophy, last season they made their first appearance in the competition. And despite putting in three good performances against Luton, Wimbledon and Barnet they ended up finishing bottom of their group. This time round Spurs are in group 9 along with Portsmouth, Gillingham and tomorrows opposition Crawley Town. The competition will give Burnett’s side the rare and invaluable experience of playing against senior football league opposition in a competitive environment, in front of a big crowd. That is something that a lot of our players haven’t experienced enough of in their short careers. Spurs face Crawley at quite a good time, the league two club recently lost their manager Harry Kewell to Notts County. On top of this, the Red Devil’s have only won two of their opening seven competitive fixtures this season and currently occupy 16th place in league two. Temporary bosses Jimmy Smith and Filipe Morais (also a player) will take charge of Crawley tomorrow night as they continue their quest for a new manager. Some of the reds important players include former Leeds United forward Dominic Poleon, wide man Ollie Palmer and defensive stalwart Romain Vincelot. After Spurs’ poor showing at the Emirates stadium on Friday night I’m hoping that Burnett will field a really attacking team tomorrow night. I just hope a fearless Spurs under 21 side take the game to the league two club, and if they do that then they better their chances of coming away with anything in the bag. I’m expecting experienced youngsters such as Anthony Georgiou and Luke Amos to start tomorrow night. I shall be reporting on our opening Checkatrade trophy game and shall have my report out by the following day.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Eyoma, Tanganga, Dinzeyi, Brown, Skipp, Amos (c), Oakley-Boothe, Roles, Georgiou, Harrison.

Subs from: Austin, Lyons-Foster, Marsh, Maghoma, Parrott.

Doubtful: Shilow Tracey (injury) and Troy Parrott (international involvement with Ireland U19’s).

Injured/unavailable: Kazaiah Sterling, Jamie Reynolds and Tariq Hinds.

Previous meeting: Crawley 6-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Crawley forward Ollie Palmer who has found the net five times for the league two club in the six games that he has played for them this season.