DeAndre Yedlin signs for Newcastle United:

DeAndre Yedlin signs for Newcastle United:

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Earlier today it was announced that our 23 year old right back DeAndre Yedlin had joined Newcastle United in a deal worth five million pounds. The right back who made only one appearance for the Lillywhites since joining from Seattle sounders in the summer of 2014, spent last season on loan at Sunderland in which he impressed throughout the campaign. However, with so much competition for places at right back it’s probably the best move for Yedlin’s future development in the game. Yedlin joins Newcastle on a five year contract, I wish DeAndre all the very best at his new club.

Spurs draw Gillingham in the third round of the EFL trophy:

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We have drawn Gillingham FC in the third round of the EFL trophy, we will play the Gills at White Hart Lane on the week commencing the 19th September. It will be a special occasion for former Spurs player Justin Edinburgh who will return to White Hart Lane as the Kent clubs manager, Edinburgh will undoubtedly be thrilled with the draw as he still has a strong connection to the club. I am personally very happy with this draw and look forward to us playing the Gills which will be a special occasion under the lights at the lane. We have only played Gillingham on one occasion and that came in the league cup third round at priestfield on the nineth of November 1982, we defeated Gillingham 4-2 on the night, with both Steve Archibald and Garth Crooks scoring a brace.

Spurs youngster Elliot Thorpe involved for Wales under 17’s in their 2-2 draw against Hungary:

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Spurs youngster Elliot Thorpe who plays for our under 16’s side, was involved for Wales under 17’s in their match against Hungary earlier today as they drew 2-2 in a friendly in Newport. Elliot Thorpe started the game and was unlucky not to score after having hit the post, the attacking midfielder could feature again for the dragons on Thursday as they face Hungary for a second time at the Newport stadium.

Spurs under 23’s defeat Reading 4-1 in Premier league 2 match:

 

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This afternoon our under 23 side defeated Reading 4-1 at Hogwood park as they got their first victory of the Premier league 2 season, in a game in which Ugo Ehiogu’s side were highly impressive throughout. The young Lillywhites took the lead shortly after the half hour mark through 17 year old Marcus Edwards, after the forward received a pass from Oduwa on the edge of the box before turning away from his marker and firing an accurate shot into the top corner of the net. Shortly after the interval Edwards scored his second of the game, after the skillful forward cut in from the right before hitting the back of the net from 20 yards with a fine left footed strike. A minute later we got our third goal of the game through attacking midfielder Will Miller who rifled the ball past Jonathan Bond and into the top corner with a first time strike, after the forward was found by the resulting cross from Oduwa. Ehiogu’s side put the game out of reach from the royals a couple of minutes later as striker Shayon Harrison got our fourth of the game after the alert forward latched on Dominic Hyam’s pass to the goalkeeper before tackling Bond and putting the ball into the back of the net. Reading pulled a goal back later on through Andy Rinomhota but it wasn’t to matter as Ugo Ehiogu’s side won 4-1 in what was an extremely impressive performance from the under 23’s. Up next for Spurs under 23’s is an away match against Derby County, next Friday.

Reading: Bond, Osho (Andresson 55), Jules, East, Hyam, Dickie (c), Stacey, Rinomhota, Samuel (Cardwell 46), Barrett, Novakovich (Sheppard 52). Substitutes (not used): Davis, Southwood (GK).

Spurs: Glover, Walker-Peters, Ogilvie, Amos (c), Walkes, Owens, Edwards, Pritchard (Goddard 60), Harrison, Miller (Loft 67), Oduwa (Tracey 77). Substitutes (not used): Stylianides, Whiteman (GK).

Goals: Reading – Rinomhota 73; Spurs – Edwards 32, 47, Miller 48, Harrison 51.

Yellow cards: Reading – Sheppard 83; Spurs – Harrison 81, Amos 83.

Referee: A Bromley.

Spurs under 16’s defeat West Ham 4-1:

Spurs under 16’s defeat West Ham 4-1:

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Yesterday our under 16’s side defeated West Ham United under 16’s 4-1 at the Hammers little Heath training ground. The under 16’s continued their impressive start to the season after last Saturday’s opening day victory against Southampton, yesterday’s goals were scored by Rayan Clarke who netted two, whilst Anis Mehmeti scored one as well as Maurizio Pochettino who is Mauricio’s son, our under 16’s sides talented pool of players just goes to show how talented our academy is at all age groups.

Spurs 1-0 Crystal Palace: (match report)

Spurs 1-0 Crystal Palace: (match report)

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Spurs marked their first home game of the season with a deserved 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace as Victor Wanyama scored an 83rd minute winner to give the Lillywhites their first win of the season. Mauricio Pochettino’s side didn’t take long to stamp their authority on the game and they nearly took the lead on 13 minutes, after an unmarked Toby Alderweireld had a good chance to score from the resulting corner. However, the Belgian didn’t connect too well with the ball as his header flew into the arms of Wayne Hennessey. Shortly before the half hour mark Hennessey again denied our lads from taking the lead after the Wales international scrambled Harry Kane’s effort from outside the box before spreading himself well to deny Janssen with an excellent save from the rebound. Kane came desperately close to breaking the deadlock, as deep in additional time of the first half Kane was found just outside the box before firing an effort narrowly wide of Hennessy’s left post.

Ten minutes in to the second Harry Kane again went agonisingly close to putting us ahead after receiving an excellent cross from Eric Dier, Kane who was under pressure from Pape Souaré headed his effort inches wide of the post. We constantly applied pressure to the south London club in the minutes that followed and were presented with a glorious opportunity on 69 minutes, after new singing Vincent Janssen who had impressed throughout, was gifted with a one on one opportunity after being found by Alli from the following cross. Janssen one on one with Hennessey got his angles wrong before side footing a wayward effort wide of the goal. Following his introduction to the game in the second half Alli brought a much needed spark to our game as well as bringing much needed energy to our attack. Almost half the stadium thought the youngster had scored on 79 minutes after Alli hit a first time shot on the edge of the box just over the cross bar, as many Spurs fans wondered if it just wasn’t going to be our day. However, four minutes later we finally took the lead through new signing Victor Wanyama. Erik Lamela’s corner was met by Harry Kane who’s header reached Victor Wanyama who nodded home from just in front of the keeper to send the Spurs fans roaring with delight, the final score Spurs 1-0 Crystal Palace.

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It was a fantastic victory today and it was a game in which we dominated from start to finish, Pochettino will be proud of the lads performance and the determination in which they demonstrated. However, it was evident that we are still getting back to full match sharpness as a team though that should be something that comes to fruition in the coming games. Toby Alderweireld was exceptional in the centre of defence today and was in my opinion our best player, goalscorer Victor Wanyama also had an excellent performance in midfield as well as scoring the all important goal. In addition Kyle Walker had an excellent match at right back, It was a great team performance and one in which the team can build on. The lads have a weeks rest until next Saturday’s fixture against Liverpool and I am confident we will be able to record another victory at White Hart Lane next Saturday lunchtime if we can perform as well as we done today.

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Spurs: Vorm; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Wanyama; Lamela (Carroll 90+3), Kane (c, Onomah 90), Eriksen (Alli 68); Janssen. Substitutes (not used): McGee, Carter-Vickers, Davies, Mason.
Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Ward, Dann (c), Delaney (Tomkins 82), Souare; Ledley (Cabaye 46), Puncheon; Zaha, Lee (Mutch 82), Townsend; Wickham. Substitutes (not used): Speroni, Anderson, Kelly, Ladapo.
Goals: Spurs – Wanyama 83.

Spurs v Crystal Palace:(match preview)

Spurs v Crystal Palace: (match preview)

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Venue: White Hart Lane
Date: Saturday 20th August 15:00pm
Live: Not being broadcast in the UK, check @SpursOfficial Twitter account for live updates.
Head2Heads: 1-0 Crystal palace, 3-1 Spurs, 1-0 Spurs, Crystal Palace 2-1, 0-0
Referee: Michael Oliver

This Saturday we face Crystal Palace in our first home game of the season as Mauricio Pochettino’s lads look to get their first win of the new campaign after last Saturday’s opening day draw to Everton at Goodison park. Pochettino’s side are no strangers to the Eagles, having played the south London club three times last season defeating them on two of those occasions. We are undoubtedly favourites ahead of this Saturday’s game and in many ways we couldn’t play Palace at a better time, with Alan Pardew’s squad lacking in depth and continuing their poor league form from last season into the current season. However, Pardew’s side are a well structured team and are a tough side to break down, Palace will presumably sit deep and look for a point this Saturday, with Palace looking to benefit from set pieces, with Connor Wickham a threat with in the box. Palace are expected to sign Christian Benteke from Liverpool, but the Belgian is unlikely to be in contention to play at White Hart Lane on Saturday. An early goal could be the difference in this match, but I am confident that we will defeat the Eagles in relatively comfortable fashion, as I believe Pardew’s side will not be able to deal with our potent attack. A win would also do our confidence the world of good and would hopefully kick start a successful league campaign for the Lillywhites. COYS⚽️

Team news: Hugo Lloris is ruled out through injury whilst Mousa Dembele is suspended. Meanwhile, Son Heung-min returns after playing for South Korea at the Olympics though Son will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s game.

My team prediction: (4-2-3-1) Vorm, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Dier, Lamela, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane.

My score prediction: 3-0 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane and Dele Alli.

One to watch: Our former player Andros Townsend, who will no doubt cause problems down the wing.

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Young Spurs forward Elliot Thorpe called up to Wales under 17 squad:

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The Welsh FA today published their under 17’s squad who will face Hungary in two separate friendly international matches at Newport Stadium on Tuesday, 23 August (KO 3.00pm) and Thursday, 25 August (KO 11.00am). Included in the squad is young Spurs under 16’s player Elliot Thorpe who can play as an attacking midfielder as well as a striker,  Thorpe is a 15 year old player who plays for our under 16’s side. Thorpe was also part of the Wales under 16 side that won the 2015-16 Victory shield,  I wish Elliot the very best of luck for these two matches.

 

http://www.faw.cymru/en/news/mens-u17-u19-squads-revealed/

Hugo Lloris ruled out of action for four weeks:

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It has just been announced by the club that our captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been ruled out of action for four weeks, after the France international picked up a hamstring injury at Everton on the opening day, which forced our captain off in the first half. Michel Vorm will replace Lloris with the Dutchman set to be in goal against Crystal palace this Saturday whilst young keeper Luke McGee is expected to be on the bench. I wish Hugo a speedy recovery.

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

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

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Our under 23’s played their first game of the inaugural premier league 2 season yesterday as they lost 2-0 to Everton at the Lamex stadium, in a game in which Ugo Ehiogu’s side were unlucky not to have got something out of after being the better side for the majority of the game. It was the toffees who had the first real chance of the game as on seven minutes their midfielder Ryan Ledson headed an effort on goal from the resulting corner which seemed destined to nestle in the back of the net. However, Joe Pritchard made an excellent clearance on the line to keep the score level. Less than ten minutes later Ehiogu’s side nearly took the lead at the other end, after Marcus Edwards went on a surging run before playing through Shayon Harrison with a wonderfully weighted pass, Harrison’s effort was saved well by Hewelt who got down low to thwart the strikers effort. Spurs were presented with the best chance of the half on 35 minutes after defender Anton Walkes was tripped in the box by Morgan Feeney following the ball being put in to the box from the resulting corner, the referee pointed to the spot, with Harrison the penalty taker. However, Harrison’s low left footed shot from the penalty spot was saved well by Hewlet as the sides went in level at the break.

We struggled to replicate our potency up front in the second half with the first clear cut chance of the second half coming on the hour mark after Morgan Feeney almost gave Everton the lead. Feeney tried to poke the ball home after being found by Brendan Galloway from the resulting free kick but Tom Glover was in Feeney’s way as the young Australian got hold of the ball at the second attempt. The blues broke the deadlock in the 79th minute after David Henen latched onto a cross field pass by Anton Walkes, the Belgian sprinted down the left wing before surging past Amos and firing the ball high into the net from inside the box to give the toffees the lead. Things got worse for Spurs as six minutes later Everton doubled their lead to put the game out of sight for the Lillywhites, after Matthew Foulds tapped home from close range after Glover produced a fine save from Courtney Duffus before the ball fell to Foulds on the line, the final score Spurs under 23’s 0-2 Everton.

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The scoreline doesn’t represent the game as for a lot of it we were in control, looking comfortable in possession and creating some fine chances. However most of these chances came in the first 45 minutes, Connor Ogilvie had a very good game as the youngster read the game extremely well from left back and centre back after Maghoma’s injury, I hope the talented Ogilvie gets a chance at Spurs this season. Another player that I thought played very well was Will Miller, Miller who played against Juventus in pre season, made some excellent runs in midfield as he’s skill carved through the Everton defence on occasions, Miller was impressive throughout the game and was one of our best players. Highly rated wonder kid Marcus Edwards went on many exciting and promising runs in the first half as he caused Everton a host of problems. Captain Luke Amos also had a really good performance in the centre of the park, Amos made fine passes, was creative and made some good interceptions in midfield. Finally last seasons under 21 star, Kyle Walker-Peters had a very good game at right back and was yet again highly impressive throughout.

Interestingly sat behind me at the match was Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough who was scouting possible players to sign on loan, in addition MK Dons manager Karl Robinson was also in attendance as well as scouts from Cambridge United, and some other clubs. Next up Ehiogu’s side face Reading who they play next Tuesday.

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Spurs: Glover, Walker-Peters, Ogilvie, Amos (c), Maghoma (Muscatt 24), Walkes, Edwards (Stylianides 75), Pritchard, Harrison, Miller, Oduwa (Tracey 75). Substitutes (not used): Goddard, McDermott (GK).
Everton: Hewelt, Jones (c), Robinson, Walsh, Feeney, Galloway, Henen, Davies, Evans (Duffus 61), Ledson (Charsley, 61), Dowell (Foulds 79). Substitutes (not used): Dyson, Gray (GK).