Shayon Harrison: Tottenham’s striking starlet

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Facts:
– Shayon has been at Spurs since he was 9 years old
– Shayon plays as a centre forward
– Shayon is from Hornsey in north London
– As well as being eligible for England, Shayon is also eligible to represent Jamaica at international level.
– Harrison scored 4 goals against Chelsea under 18’s last season.
– Shayon has been part of Pochettino’s travelling senior squad, in some cup games this season.

Shayon Harrison created much excitement amongst the Spurs faithful last week after he netted a hat-trick against Sunderland under 21’s at White Hart lane. Harrison’s highly impressive performance generated a roar of excitement on social media, as many Spurs fans were eager to see Shayon in the first team in the near future, with some even comparing him to Tottenham’s star man Harry Kane. A prolific scorer at both under 18 and under 21 level for Spurs, with Harrison being a star performer for Spurs across the various youth levels. The nimble footed centre forward who is also highly athletic, as well as being very clinical in front of goal, has many great offensive abilities. With his great movement making him extremely potent in the centre of attack, it’s Shayon’s all round ability that is extremely impressive for a man of only 18 years of age. Harrison demonstrated his all round striking ability in his man of the match display against Sunderland under 21’s last week, as Harrison scored a hat-trick in stunning fashion, with the youngster showcasing three highly impressive attributes of his game with in the three goals. Firstly Harrison showed great positioning, as was evident in the first goal as he tucked away from close range after a mishap occurred in Sunderland’s defence. In addition, Shayon also exhibited a great aerial ability as he planted his second of the night in to the bottom right hand corner of the net and thirdly Harrison showed that he has a magnificent shot at his disposal, as he expertly fired his third of the night beyond the Sunderland keeper to secure victory. Furthermore his third goal of the night also showed how very good Harrison’s footwork was, as his dribbling and close ball control played an imperative part in his goal.

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I have seen Harrison play on numerous occasions over past the few seasons for both the under 18’s and under 21’s and I have been extremely impressed with the 18 year old striker, and I thoroughly believe that with all his key attributes and skill that he will become a top striker at Spurs in the future. Furthermore Pochettino is also a big fan of Harrison and in a press conference last year he mentioned Harrison and young forward Kazaiah Sterling as having a great future at the north London club. Harrison is undoubtedly one of Tottenham’s hottest youth prospects and its no wonder that he has highly impressed Pochettino as he has continually shown a great strike rate throughout his time at the club, as well as this season were despite having been injured for a while, the determined Harrison has again produced an impressive amount of goals the under 21’s. Tomorrow night Spurs under 21’s play Manchester United at the lane and Harrison will no doubt be looking to add to his current tally, in what is the under 21’s last game of the premier league season. As Harrison continues to rapidly develop, his chances of making his first team debut become ever closer, and hopefully he shall make his senior next season at the high flying Lillywhites.

Below are some videos in which show some of the matches that the young Shayon Harrison has been involved in and in which he has scored in.

http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/spurs-tv/highlights/barclays-u21-premier-league/u21-barclays-pl–spurs-3-1-sunderland/

Spurs v Stoke: (match preview)

Spurs v Stoke: (match preview)
Venue: Britannia stadium
Date: Monday 18 April 20:00PM
Live coverage: Sky Sports 1 and BBC Radio 5 live
Head2Heads: 2-2, Stoke 3-0, Stoke 2-1, 1-0 Spurs, 3-0 Spurs.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick

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Preview: Tottenham Hotspur will face Stoke city this Monday as Pochettino’s men will look to avenge last seasons three nil thrashing at the Britannia, as they look look to close the gap between themselves and top placed Leicester city. Mauricio Pochettino spoke yesterday of finishing the season in the strongest way possible and our Argentinian manager still strongly believes that we are still very much in the title race with five games remaining, despite the fact that seven points separates us from the foxes. Nevertheless, all that matters to the gaffer and the squad now is Monday nights match and with an almost fully fit side and a high morale with in the squad, many are expecting us to return to north London with the all important three points. The eight placed potters are currently enduring a mini injury crisis with key players Jack Butland, Jonathan Walters, Glen Johnson and Marc Wilson all sidelined through injury. Whilst their left back Erik Pieters is suspended for Monday nights match.

Last Sunday’s magnificent victory over Manchester United at the lane will leave the players in great stead as they look to overcome Mark Hughes’s side who have only won one of their last five matches in the premier league. Furthermore, the potters have little to play for with the exception of pride and the consolidation of their eighth placed standing, these many factors should give all Spurs fans a massive confidence boost ahead of Monday nights massive match. COYS⚽️

Team news: Pochettino confirmed that Clinton Njié is ready to return ahead of our visit to Stoke and the Cameroonian forward may well feature on the bench against Stoke. However, Nabil Bentaleb is our sole absentee for Monday’s match as the Algerian international is ruled out for the remainder of the season through injury. Kyle Walker and Danny Rose are likely to feature at full back having started our last few league encounters with the two England internationals highly impressing down the flanks. Whilst the eleven that started in our victory over Man United last week are expected to start again for Monday nights encounter.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Lamela, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.

My predicted score: 3-0 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Eriksen, Lamela and Kane.

One to watch: Stoke’s top scorer Marko Arnautović, who has ten goals and six assists in the premier league this season.

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Spurs under 21’s 3-1 Sunderland under 21’s: (match report)

Spurs under 21’s 3-1 Sunderland under 21’s: (match report)

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Ugo Ehiogu’s side impressively defeated Barclays under 21 table toppers Sunderland, at White Hart lane last night in a game that saw young Spurs striker Shayon Harrison bag his first hat-trick at under 21 level for Spurs. The first real chance of the match came for Sunderland seven minutes in, after Mikael Mandron came one on one with Glover before forcing the young Australian goalkeeper in to making a stunning save, as Glover expertly thwarted Mandron’s powerful effort away from danger. However, Spurs took the lead at the other end shortly afterwards through Shayon Harrison who was played in by Geourgio who had pounced on Sunderland’s mishap at the back as he passed to Harrison who rolled the ball into the empty net. Harrison netted his second of the game less than ten minutes after his first, after being found via an excellent cross on the left wing by Miller, Harrison leapt high as he headed an accurate finish into the bottom right hand corner of the net.

The black cats pulled one back eight minutes later through George Honeyman after Greenwood squared it for the midfielder to tuck the ball home from close range. Tom Glover made a world class save soon afterwards to deny Sunderland from drawing level, Glover made a phenomenal reaction save to stop Mandron’s bullet header. Sunderland piled on the pressure against Spurs in the remaining minutes of the first half and Lawson came desperately close to equalising for the black cats, as his effort from close range cannoned off the cross bar. The second half started well for the Lillywhites as they showed great tenacity and resilience with in the field of play, and just past the hour mark Harrison was denied his hat-trick after being played in by Miller, the young striker fired an effort at goal which was saved well by Strykeck. However it was not to matter as Harrison sealed the victory for Spurs in stoppage time of the second half, Harrison turned well after being played through by Pritchard before slotting home a wonderfully placed goal which nestled perfectly in the bottom right hand corner of the net. Spurs ran out deserved 3-1 winners on the night as Shayon Harrison capped of a wonderful individual performance with a hat-trick, Ehiogu’s men men were extremely impressive and his young side now climb up to fifth in the under 21 league table.

Additional notes: Shayon Harrison’s excellent performance made him my man of the match, his movement,athleticism and passion made him potent through out in addition, he was extremely clinical as he bagged his first hat-trick of the season. Furthermore, Harry Winks had an excellent game in the centre of midfield as too did Zenon Stylianides, the midfield pairing bossed the centre of the park as they put in a fine performance snuffing out any danger, as well as creating chances higher up the pitch. Tom Glover again wowed the crowd with his excellent goalkeeping ability, the young Australian made a string of excellent saves, he also showcased his exceptional
aerial ability and communication skills. Furthermore Filip Lesniak and Anton Walkes were extremely solid at the back with both executing vital challenges and interceptions as they helped Spurs to victory.

Spurs U21s: Glover, Walker-Peters, Lesniak, Walkes, Georgiou (Maghoma 90), Stylianides, Winks, Miller, Goddard (Pritchard 69), Sonupe (Marsh 82), Harrison. Substitutes (unused): McDermott (gk), Roles.

Spurs 3-0 Manchester United:(match report)

Spurs 3-0 Manchester United:(match report)

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Tottenham Hotspur were involved in a thrilling victory at White Hart lane yesterday afternoon as they saw off Manchester United at White Hart Lane for the first time in 14 seasons, as Mauricio Pochettino’s men won by three goals to nil. The first half started in uninspiring fashion due to the Red Devils defensive game plan, Van Gaal’s side halted nearly any creativity produced from the Lillywhites as they choked us with their high line and defensive duals through out the field of play. However, the one chance of note in the first half came just before the half hour mark as Erik Lamela headed a fraction wide of the left post, after being found well by a Christian Eriksen pass which was played in perfectly by the Dane, Lamela from close range got his angles wrong as his headed effort went out for a goal kick. The game changed considerably in the second half as Spurs started with an attacking flair and they went close shortly after the restart through Eriksen who danced his way past two defenders before firing an effort from just outside the box, his shot was well saved from the alert De Gea. De Gea again produced a fine save shortly afterwards after Eric Dier let fly from distance and the Spaniard was forced into action to pull of a good save to deny Dier.

Man united’s best chance of the game came just past the hour mark, via a fine piece of skill from Anthony Martial who criss crossed through the Spurs Defence before firing an effort from close range straight at Lloris in the Tottenham net. However our captain dealt well with his fellow internationals effort as he palmed it away from danger. Tottenham’s patience finally paid off 70 minutes in as Dele Alli started off a sensational six minute goal rush for the Lillywhites after he received a perfectly measured cross from Eriksen on the left wing and Alli confidently slotted home from close range to beat David De Gea and put Spurs one up. Four minutes later Spurs doubled their lead through Toby Alderweireld, the Belgian got on the end of Erik Lamela’s cross from the resulting free kick and the central defender rose high to plant his header perfectly in to the bottom right hand corner of the net. Erik Lamela sent the Spurs fans jumping for joy two minutes afterwards as he struck Spurs’s third of the game after receiving a low cross from Rose, the Argentine sweetly placed the ball first time in the bottom left hand corner of the net in what was a superb goal to put the game out of sight for Man United.

Within less than six minutes Spurs crushed man united with their wonderfully executed attacking prowess and Pochettino’s men almost got a fourth through Harry Kane on 79 minutes, Kane’s headed effort came after a fine Lamela free kick and the England international was desperately unlucky not to get on the score sheet as De Gea pulled off a wonderful save to tip the ball over the bar. The final score in this thrilling match, Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Manchester United as Pochettino’s men keep the title race open for at least another week. COYS⚽️

Additional notes: Erik Lamela was my man of the match, the Argentine worked exceptionally hard as he covered more ground than any one on the pitch and his hard work paid off for he got an assist and a goal in yesterday’s thrilling match. Furthermore, Christan put in another exceptional performance as his creativity helped win us the match, the Denmark international also got an assist after setting up the first goal. Another key performer was Toby Alderweireld who’s dominant and impressive display in the centre of defence was excellent, and the Belgian also scored the second goal to put the distance between us and Man United.

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Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Lamela (Chadli 87), Alli (Mason 90+2), Eriksen, Kane (Son 89). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Wimmer, Carroll.

George Hunt: An unsung hero of the lane

George Hunt: An unsung hero of the lane

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Facts:
– Born in Mexborough, Yorkshire in 1910.
– Hunt is Tottenham’s sixth all time top scorer with 136 goals in 198 games for the Lillywhites.
– Hunt became the first ever player to move from Spurs to Arsenal in 1937.
– Hunt scored three hat-tricks for Spurs in six games, in March of 1934.
– Hunt ran a car wash department in Bolton after he retired from the game.

If I were to ask 100 Spurs fans who our sixth all time top scorer is, very few would say George Hunt, in fact a fair few of those Spurs fans would probably have never heard of the Tottenham goal machine. George Samuel Hunt was born on the 22nd of February 1910 in Mexborough just outside the city of Rotherham in Yorkshire. The five foot eight inch striker started out at Chesterfield in the 1929-30 season, and the Yorkshireman finished the season at Saltergate with an impressive total of nine goals from 14 appearances. Hunt was given the nickname ‘the Chesterfield tough’ by the fans because of his powerful and pacy displays on the pitch however, in the summer of 1930 Arsenal and Spurs battled it out for the acquisition of the promising young striker. Although it was the Lillywhites that Hunt chose and over the preceding seven seasons, Hunt accumulated a remarkable tally of 138 goals from 198 games for the north London club. Furthermore, Hunt’s prolificness helped Spurs get promoted back into the old first division. The Yorkshireman’s style of play is in fact similar to that of the late Bobby Smith and also our current Spurs star Harry Kane, in the sense that Hunt shared both the centre forwards high energy rates and strong physical build in which made him so potent and hard to shrug off the ball.

Hunt adjusted slowly to life at the lane however he was still scoring the goals although he ultimately couldn’t regain his prolificness in his debut season in which Spurs failed to win promotion. However, in the following seasons at Spurs Hunt Sparkled hitting the back of the net nearly every weekend. The pace in which the centre forward possessed became such a problem for opposition defenders that it resulted in him getting bashed about as they tried all they could do to halt him from scoring. George Hunt was formidable during his time at Tottenham in many ways he was their hero, although he is not as well remembered as someone like Bobby Smith or Jimmy Greaves. I personally believe that is down to the fact that Spurs had yet to endure club glory at that stage in the league. After seven incredible seasons Hunt controversially left Spurs to join Arsenal in October of 1937, and in doing so became the first ever player to go from Spurs to Arsenal. However Hunt’s time at Highbury was far from successful with the forward only managing 3 goals from 21 games. Nonetheless the Gunners won the league that season and Hunt got the winners medal that he deserved.

The Spurs great played for Bolton before ending his career at Sheffield Wednesday in the late 1940’s, he then went on to coach the famous Bolton side of 1958 the year in which they won the FA Cup. Hunt stayed at the Lancashire club for a decade before retiring in 1968, he went on to run a car wash department in Bolton. George Hunt passed away in 1996 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, he was one of he finest strikers of his generation and arguably one of the greatest Spurs players to ever grace the White Hart lane pitch. He created a fantastic impact and legacy at Spurs as he restored our pride at the club through a tough patch in their history, Hunt should be fondly remembered from all at Tottenham Hotspur, he was without doubt a Tottenham Hotspur legend.

Spurs 1-1 Liverpool: (match report)

Spurs 1-1 Liverpool: (match report)

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Pochettino’s men drew one all with Liverpool today at Anfield in a match that many had billed as a must win fixture as Spurs challenge for the league title. However, the lads battled so very hard for the point and put in maximum effort as they beseeched a victory. Although a draw was all the 11 men of Tottenham could manage, as it takes them one point closer to league leaders Leicester, who face Southampton tomorrow afternoon in a game that every Spurs fan will be rooting for the south coast club. Both teams started the first 25 minutes of the match with a high attacking tempo however, the first chance for either side came on 26 minutes. After Harry Kane was found in space, the centre forward spurred forward into the penalty area before unleashing a low shot, which flew narrowly wide of the left post. A mere ten minutes after Tottenham’s best chance of the game, Liverpool created their own after Sturridge received the ball in the Tottenham penalty area, and the England international struck the ball early as his effort was powered straight at Lloris who thwarted the ball comfortably wide. Liverpool again went close two minutes later, this time through Adam Lallana who went for goal after receiving a pass inside the box and Lallana’s effort almost dumbfounded the Frenchman. However, Lloris got down to make a fine save as he palmed the ball away from the danger zone.

It was a disastrous start to the second half for Spurs as they were carved open on 51 minutes after Daniel Sturridge found the unmarked Philippe Coutinho who stroked the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the net, 1-0 to Liverpool! Son-Heung Min almost levelled for the Lillywhites on 58 minutes, after receiving a wonderful pass from Dier as the South Korea international volleyed agonisingly wide of Simon Mignolet’s left post. However, Spurs finally got level five minutes after Son’s chance after Harry Kane scored a spectacular goal. Kane received a pass from Eriksen after he raced to get to the ball before it crossed the byline and passed to Kane from inside the box who swivelled and from an extremely acute angle fired the ball fantastically beyond the reach of Mignolet and into bottom right hand corner of the net, Kane had no right to score from there, 1-1 the score. Christian Eriksen almost put the Spurs fans into delirium, as three minutes later the Dane was in space and hit a low and hard shot which forced Mignolet into making a fine save, as the Belgian stopped it from going in past the left post.

The game became almost an end to end encounter in the following minutes after Coutinho almost put Liverpool back in to the lead on 70 minutes as he fired an effort from a tight angle, the Brazilian saw his shot fly a whisker wide of Hugo Lloris’s right post. Furthermore, the Brazilian almost won the game for the Merseyside club on 85 minutes, after Coutinho got on the end of a cross and the Liverpool man made some space before firing just wide of the left post. The final score at Anfield, Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Liverpool in a game that showcased our pedigree and tenacity on the field. However, at the end one can fairly summarise with a degree of disappointment that a draw was the fair result, as for now all Spurs eyes are cast on a Leicester slip up tomorrow afternoon at the King Power stadium as they host Leicester. COYS⚽️

Additional notes: Harry Kane was one of our finest performers on the field of play this afternoon as he showed exactly why he is the best striker in England as he netted his 22nd of the league campaign, although despite his wonderful goal Kane was again omnipresent on the pitch as he pressurised the opposition with great effectiveness and the Tottenham mans eagerness to defend, attack and score was one of the key reasons why we got a point today. In addition Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele bossed the midfield with their great tenacity and defensive instinct also the partnership of Kevin Wimmer and Toby Alderweireld again produced another superb defensive display. On the other hand Klopp’s men marked Alli throughout as he was unable despite his best efforts to imprint himself on the game. Another key performer was our captain Hugo Lloris who pulled of a variety of excellent saves, six in total as he again helped us keep our point.image.png

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Spurs v Liverpool: (match preview)

Spurs v Liverpool: (match preview)

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Venue: Anfield
Date: Saturday 2 April 17:30 pm
Live coverage: Sky Sports 1 and Talksport
Head2Heads: Spurs 0-0, Liverpool 3-2, Liverpool 3-0
Referee: Jonathan Moss

Preview: Mauricio Pochettino’s men return to action this Saturday against Liverpool in the Barclays premier league, in what is being described as yet another cup final for the Lillywhites. The players will likely face a tough test against a somewhat unpredictable Liverpool side, Jurgen Klopp’s men currently sit ninth in the league table, and Klopp this week discussed prioritising their match with Dortmund this coming Thursday in the Europa league as its their only chance of getting champions league football next season. A weakened Liverpool 11 would undoubtedly be a huge plus for our lads as they beseech those three points, however our form away to Liverpool over recent seasons has been poor, having last won at Anfielfd in 2011. Although this season we are ultimately a much changed side and Pochettino spoke of the players belief of winning ahead of tomorrow’s match, in addition I believe we stand a very good chance of winning tomorrow and I believe the midfield will be imperative to our success. Dembele and Dier in the midfield will hopefully overwhelm Liverpool as the pair have the tenacity to halt their game plan, furthermore Alderweireld and Wimmer will be hoping to stop Roberto Firmino from adding to his goal account. There is no doubting Liverpool’s class, especially when it comes to their attacking line with Coutinho, Firmino and Sturridge just a few of the potent attackers that the Merseyside club have on their books.

Team news: After missing Belgium’s friendly in midweek due to illness our key defender Toby Alderweireld is back in training and will start tomorrow’s match. However Erik Lamela didn’t train yesterday due to his involvement with Argentina in midweek, so it’s a possibility that the Argentine may start on the bench due to fatigue, with Son the likely candidate to replace him. Jan Vertonghen is back training with the first team after recovering from his injury but is not ready to be called upon tomorrow, in addition Clinton Njié is also close to recovering from his injury but will also sit out tomorrow’s game. Whilst Nabil Bentaleb and Cameron Carter-Vickers are out injured for the rest of the season. Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies are likely to start at fullback, having not been involved for a couple of weeks.

My predicted line up: (4-2-3-1) Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Son, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.

My predicted score: 2-1 to Spurs courtesy of a brace from Son.

One to watch: Roberto Firmino, Liverpool’s top scorer in the league this season.

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