Spurs v Bayer Leverkusen: (match preview)

Spurs v Bayer Leverkusen: (match preview)

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Venue: BayArena
Date: Tuesday 18th October 19:45pm
Live: BT Sport 2
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır
Head2Heads: 1-0 Spurs.

Tonight Spurs face German side Bayer Leverkusen in the Lillywhites third group of the UEFA champions league campaign. After getting three points from the two games, Mauricio Pochettino’s side will no doubt be looking to secure a tough away victory in Germany. Tonight’s game will arguably be Spurs’s toughest away game of the group, Kevin Schmidt’s though somewhat inconsistent side have a very good home record. Furthermore, Leverkusen have some very good players on their books including former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez as well as the talented Turkish forward Hakan Çalhanoglu. Leverkusen have a very talented pool of players and our lads will have to be at their best tonight if they are to take three points back to north London. COYS
Team news: Toby Alderweireld hasn’t traveled to Germany after the Belgian defender picked up an injury against West Brom on Saturday, it is not known when he will return. Meanwhile, Harry Kane remains sidelined through injury. Eric Dier may replace Alderweireld at centre back

My predicted team lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertongen, Rose, Wanyama, Dembele,

My predicted scoreline: 4-2 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Son x2, Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele.
One to watch: Bayer Leverkusen’s talented attacking midfielder Hakan Çalhanoglu who has an excellent shot at his disposal.

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Kyle Walker-Peters: A star in the making

Kyle Walker-Peters: A star in the making

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Kyle Walker-Peters is a name which the vast majority of Spurs fans will know, the 19 year old fullback is one of the most talented players in our academy and his superb performances for our development squad over the past few seasons have not gone unnoticed from those in the Tottenham Hotspur hierarchy. Born in Edmonton a stones throwaway from White Hart Lane, Walker-Peters has been part of the Lillywhites academy set up since he was a young boy. Since becoming a first year scholar in 2013, Walker-Peters had been a consistent and important player for the under 18’s featuring predominantly at right back. The youngster burst onto the under 21 scene back in the 2014-15 season and since then he has been Ugo Ehiogu’s most consistent player, receiving plaudits for almost every game that he has played in. During last seasons under 21 campaign Walker-Peters was exceptional and his top class performances were rewarded, with Kyle winning the under 21’s player of the player of the month in December, before being awarded a new contract with Spurs in the same month. Later that season Walker-Peters featured on the bench for the senior team against Bournemouth in the league.

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The right back is not just regarded highly at Spurs but his also highly regarded by England, since making debut for England under 18’s, Walker Peters has gone on to become a key player for the under 19’s and now the under 20’s. Kyle is also eligible to represent Antigua and Barbuda on the international stage. I have seen Kyle play for Spurs youth sides on many occasions over the past few seasons and I have always been incredibly impressed with his style of play since I first saw him play in the FA youth cup semi final against Chelsea in 2015. Walker Peters many attributes include excellent balance, good agility, pace and he has an incredibly high work rate, his eagerness to get forward down the wing also fits well into Pochettino’s style of play. In addition Walker-Peters has an excellent attitude, his persistence in chasing down players is top draw. Furthermore, he has a very good tackling ability, Walker-Peters has all the attributes to become a world class player under Mauricio Pochettino’s guidance and he ticks all the boxes to play under Pochettino’s style of play.

In my opinion Walker-Peters has the ability to become the first choice right back at Spurs in a couple of seasons and I strongly believe that Walker-Peters can on go to become a future England international as well as developing into a world class right back. Walker-Peters has such a bright future at Spurs and I am looking forward to seeing him make his senior debut for Spurs in the near future and I look forward to seeing him develop in to a top class player.

Spurs 1-1 West Brom: (match report)

Spurs 1-1 West Brom: (match report)

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Spurs battled from a goal down to draw 1-1 with West Brom at the Hawthorns yesterday, it was a game in which Pochettino’s side will be disappointed with despite their best efforts West Brom’s solid defence was excellent but most of all it was the Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster who denied us all three points. Foster had an incredible game making seven saves in what was a man of the match performance from the former Manchester United goalkeeper. Spurs started the brightest of the two sides and they dominated play creating a string of early chances including efforts from Lamela and Davies that went close to breaking the deadlock. We continued to have the upper hand on the game and shortly after the half hour mark Dele Alli came close to scoring on two occasions. Alli’s first effort came inside the penalty area as the England international poked an effort at goal which was denied by Foster after the Baggies goalkeeper charged towards Alli. Shortly afterwards Alli came close again after his over head kick went narrowly wide of the right post. With seven minutes remaining till half time the England international yet again got into an excellent goal scoring opportunity after Alli was played in by Janssen who had excellently held up the ball before playing Alli in. One on one Alli tried to find the far corner with his effort however, Foster spread himself well to make another top save.

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We continued the second half with the same intensity and our hold on the game didn’t weaken in the slightest. The Lillywhites yet again created numerous chances but just couldn’t find a way past Pulis’s stubborn defence. We again saw chances go close, Sissoko had an effort deflected narrowly wide shortly after the hour mark and we seemed destined to take the lead at some point in the second half. With eight minutes to go Spurs were stunned after West Brom took an unlikely lead from former Spurs man Nacer Chadli who joined West Brom in the summer. Chris Brunt flicked the ball into James McClean from the resulting corner and McClean who’s first time shot was saved excellently by Lloris before falling into the path of Chadli who lashed home from close range. With little time remaining, Pochettino’s resilient Spurs side persevered and in the 89th minute they found a well deserved equaliser courtesy of a fine goal by Dele Alli who converted a chance from inside the area with an excellently taken jabbed finish much to the relief of the Spurs faithful. The Lillywhites almost grabbed a dramatic late winner after Eriksen’s whipped free kick forced a fine save from Foster. The final score Spurs 1-1 West Brom, we are still the only unbeaten team in the league and despite disappointment the lads can be proud of their efforts today, we go again on Tuesday as we face Bayer Leverkusen away in the UEFA champions league. COYS

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My man of the match: Dele Alli, Alli was undoubtedly our best player on the day, the 20 year old got himself into countless goal scoring opportunities netting the all important equaliser and on another day the England international may well have had a hat trick.
Spurs (4-1-4-1): Lloris (c); Walker, Alderweireld (Dier 60), Vertonghen, Davies;  Wanyama; Sissoko (Dembele 64), Eriksen, Alli, Lamela (Son 72); Janssen. Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Nkoudou, Onomah.
West Brom (4-4-1-1): Foster; Nyom, Dawson, McAuley, Evans; Phillips (Brunt 68), Fletcher (c), Yacob, McClean; Chadli (Gardner 87); Rondon. Substitutes (not used): Myhill, Olsson, Robson-Kanu, Morrison, Leko.
Goals: West Brom – Chadli 82; Spurs – Alli 89
Yellow cards: West Brom – McClean 44, Dawson 90+4; Spurs – Vertonghen 54, Dembele 86.
Referee: Kevin Friend.
Attendance: 24,263.

Spurs under 18’s defeat Leicester City 2-0:

Spurs under 18’s defeat Leicester City 2-0:

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Our under 18’s defeated Leicester city by two goals 2-0 at the foxes training ground yesterday afternoon, John McDermott’s side battled hard to get a good victory in the under 18 premier league. After a good first half performance which saw a string of chances for Spurs, the Lillywhites persistence paid off late in the second half as Japhet Tanganga and Keanan Bennett’s netted late winners to take all three points back to north London. Up next for the under 18’s are Chelsea at Hotspur way next Saturday.

Spurs v West Brom: (match preview)

Spurs v West Brom: (match preview)

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Venue: The Hawthorns
Date: Saturday 15th October 15:00pm
Live: Check Spurs’s official Twitter feed for live updates
Referee: Kevin Friend
Head2Heads: 1-1, 1-1, Spurs 3-0, West Brom 1-0, 3-3.

This afternoon Spurs return to action as Mauricio Pochettino’s side face West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. The lads will be looking to continue their excellent form of late in to today’s game after a two week international break. However, today’s game will be one of our toughest away games of the season against Tony Pulis’s incredibly well structured and defensive side. It is vital that we take an early lead against the Baggies as in doing so we can catch West Brom on the break and take control of the game. West Brom’s striker and joint top scorer Salomon Rondón is a doubt whilst the Spurs players will be reunited against inform former team mate Nacer Chadli who will as we know cause a constant goal threat. In addition West Brom’s winger James McClean is also a player to watch, the Irish man scored in this fixture last season and McClean recently netted a brace on international duty. Moussa Dembele is a doubt for Spurs with a foot injury whilst Harry Kane is again sidelined through injury. COYS⚽️

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Wanyama, Sissoko, Alli, Son, Janssen.

My predicted scoreline: 2-0 Spurs courtesy of goals from Sissoko and Son.

One to watch: Former Spurs man Nacer Chadli.

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Spurs under 23’s fall to narrow defeat against Manchester City at the lane:

Spurs under 23’s fall to narrow defeat against Manchester City at the lane:

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Yesterday evening our under 23’s were beaten 2-1 by Man City in a PL2 game at the lane, it was a brave effort from Ugo Ehiogu’s side who were for the most part playing with ten men following the dismissal of Ryan Loft in the 25th minute. The blues took the lead in the sixth minute through Javairo Dilrosun before being awarded in a penalty on the stroke of half time. However, goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman made an excellent save to deny Paolo Fernandes from the spot, the talented Spanish youngster later doubled City’s lead in the 55th minute. However, a resilient Spurs side fought back and piled on the pressure against the visitors going close to scoring on numerous occasions. Ehiogu’s side got a goal back late in the second half after substitute Shayon Harrison netted his fourth goal of the campaign after converting from the penalty spot. However, the young Lillywhites just couldn’t draw level despite their best efforts it just was not to be. An in depth match report is provided below on the Spurs website. The under 23’s side go again next week against Leicester city at the King Power stadium.
http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/under-21s/match/report/spurs-v-man-city-premier-league-2-report-141016/

Spurs: Whiteman, Walker-Peters, Muscatt (Harrison 61), Amos (c, Stylianides 57), Walkes, Owens, Tracey, Pritchard (Goddard 76), Loft, Edwards, Georgiou. Substitutes (not used): Maghoma, Austin (GK).
Manchester City: O’Brien (c), Duhaney, Humphreys, Oliver (Wood 66, Davenport 74), Horsfield, Diallo (Patching 57), Nemane, Kongolo, Diaz, Fernandes, Dilrosun. Substitutes (not used): Sarmiento, Grimshaw (GK).
Goals: Spurs – Harrison 81 (pen); Manchester City – Dilrosun 6, Fernandes 55.
Yellow cards: Spurs – Muscatt 32; Manchester City – Horsfield 34, Kongolo 41.
Red card: Spurs – Loft 24.

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

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

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Venue: White Hart Lane
Date: Friday 14th October 19:00pm
Live updates will be provided on the Spurs official Twitter account.

Our under 23’s return to PL2 action tomorrow night as they face Manchester City at the lane as Ugo Ehiogu’s side search for their first home win of the campaign. The young Lillywhites will be looking to bounce back from three straight defeats and there’s no better place to do that, than at the lane in front of an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd. Man City’s academy is one of the best in the country with Simon Davies’s blues including a talented group of players including midfielder Rodney Kongolo, attacking midfielder Paolo Fernandes and strike Lukas Nmecha who has netted four goals during this campaign. Despite the tough challenge ahead Ehiogu’s side will be bolstered with the return of the injured Shayon Harrison, Cy Goddard and Luke Amos. Meanwhile, Connor Ogilvie may not be risked after having picking up an injury against Chelsea a couple of weeks back whilst goalkeeper Tom Glover is on international duty with Australia under 19’s. It’s likely that Alfie Whiteman will start in goal instead of Tom McDermott who I saw on crutches at Hotspur way less than two weeks ago and who I assume is unlikely to feature tomorrow.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Walker-Peters, Maghoma, Walkes, Georgiou, Stylianides, Amos, Tracey, Goddard, Edwards, Harrison.

One to watch: Man City’s talented Spanish attacking midfielder Paolo Fernandes who has already netted three goals in the PL2 this season.

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Thursdays international report:

Thursdays international report:

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Heung-Min Son: Son continued his excellent form for Spurs onto the international stage as he played a vital part in today’s 3-2 victory for South Korea over Qatar in a World Cup qualifier. Son who played the full 90 minutes of the game got an assist in the 11th minute of the game to set up Ki Sung-Yong for the opener. With the score level at 2-2, Son scored the winner for South Korea in the 58th minutes in what was yet another excellent performance from the winger.

Josh Onomah: Josh Onomah was an unused substitute for England under 21’s this afternoon, as the young lions defeated Kazakhstan 1-0 in a European under 21 qualifier. Englands victory this afternoon secures them a place at the 2017 European under 21 championships next summer.

Kevin Wimmer: Kevin Wimmer played the full 90 minutes of Austria’s 2-2 draw with Wales this evening in a World Cup qualifier. Wimmer who played the match at left back, unfortunately netted an own goal in stoppage time of the first half.

Ben Davies: Left back Ben Davies was involved against fellow team mate Kevin Wimmer in this evenings two all draw between Wales and Austria, Davies played the game in the centre of defence.
Tomorrow could see the following Spurs players in action for their country:

– Erik Lamela: Argentina v Peru (FIFA World Cup qualifier) Kick-off: 3.15am
– Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen: Belgium v Bosnia-Herzegovina (FIFA World Cup qualifier) Kick-off: 7.45pm
– Vincent Janssen: Netherlands v Belarus (FIFA World Cup qualifier) kick-off: 7.45pm
– Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko: France v Bulgaria (FIFA World Cup qualifier) kick-off: 7.45pm
– Cameron Carter-Vickers: USA under-20’s v the Netherlands. (four nation mini tournament)
– Kyle Walker- Peters: England under 20’s v Germany. (four nation mini tournament.
– Marcus Edwards: England under 19’s v Croatia. (friendly) kick off: 12 noon
– Jaden Brown, Jon Dinzeyi and Japhet Tanganga: England under 18’s v Sweden (friendly) kick off: 5pm.

Wednesday’s international report:

Wednesday’s international report:

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Cameron Carter Vickers: 18 year old centre back Cameron Carter-Vickers captained the USA under 20’s side yesterday afternoon in a four nation mini tournament in Manchester. The USA lost 1-0 to Germany, up next for the USA are the Netherlands who the USA play on Friday in their second game of the tournament.

Kyle Walker-Peters: Young Spurs right back Kyle Walker-Peters was also involved in the four nation tournament. The 19 year old played at right back for England under 20’s yesterday afternoon as he helped the young lions record a clean sheet as they defeated the Netherlands 2-0 at Boundary park. Up next for England are Germany on Friday, in Huddersfield.

Tomorrow could see the following Spurs players in action for their country:

– Heung-Min Son: South Korea v Qatar (FIFA World Cup qualifier) kick-off: 12 noon.
– Josh Onomah England under 21’s v Kazakhstan (European under 21 championships qualifier) kick-off: 4pm
– Kevin Wimmer/Ben Davies: Austria v Wales (FIFA World Cup qualifier) kick-off: 7:45pm

Spurs under 18’s 2-4 Arsenal under 18’s: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 2-4 Arsenal under 18’s: (match report)

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On Saturday our under 18’s side lost 4-2 to Arsenal at Hotspur way, in the first North London derby of the season as John McDermott’s side were desperately unlucky not to have gotten at least a point from Saturdays match. The Gunners started the match well attacking with real intent causing our defence multiple problems. On 16 minutes goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman was forced in to making two excellent saves. Firstly, Whiteman blocked Coyle’s effort before making an exceptional save to deny Da Silva’s effort from 20 yards after he threw himself to the floor to make an excellent reflex save to turn away the ball behind. Despite being on the back foot for the majority of the first half, McDermott’s side grew into the game and after creating a couple of good chances, Spurs took the lead on the stroke of halftime through Reo Griffith’s. The goal came about following a good move which started in the midfield with Oliver Skipp who picked out Shashoua who put in an intelligent pass to Griffiths who one on one rounded Virginia and slotted the ball into the back of the net.

Arsenal equalised 15 minutes into the second half after Pileas netted at the back post following a corner kick. A mere five minutes later the Gunners doubled their lead through Chris Willock after the forward netted from inside the box. However, just three minutes later Griffiths got us level with his second goal of the game, after the striker got on the end of the bouncing ball inside the penalty area, before nudging the ball past Virginia and into the back of the net. The game seemed to be heading for a draw but on 89 minutes Arsenal got a late winner courtesy of a goal from Chris Willock. Willock capitalised after Jack Roles was brought down near the half way line with the referee waving play on Willock surged forward down the left wing before firing the ball into back of the net. Deep in stoppage time Arsenal put the game out of sight after Coyle received the ball on the left side of the box before slotting the ball past Whiteman and into the back of the net. The result was cruel on Spurs as I felt the lads really deserved a draw however, regardless of the result there were plenty of very good individual performances from this talented group of youngsters and many positives to take. Bearing in minds Arsenal’s under 18 side are one of the best in the country and are currently top of the league.

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Japhet Tanganga and Reo Griffiths were our two best players, Tanganga put in a magnificent job at the centre of defence making some key challenges and interceptions, the England youth international came off through injury late in the second half at which point we were level with the gunners. However, shortly afterwards the young lillywhites conceded two late goals, showing Tanganga’s importance to the game. 16 year old striker Reo Griffiths continued his excellent start to life as an under 18’s player with a brace, the highly talented striker was clinical and powerful, as he worked tirelessly up front for the entirety of the game. Another player who impressed was highly rated goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman, Whiteman made a string of fantastic saves in the first half and his commanding presence in the box as well as his vocalness and leadership were extremely impressive. Meanwhile, Jaden Brown had a good game at left back, whilst midfielder George Marsh had a fine game, working tirelessly in the centre of midfield.

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My man of the match: Japhet Tanganga. The centre back who made his first start of the season against Arsenal on Saturday, is one of our best defensive prospects in the academy, Tanganga was superb against Arsenal and his decision making was top draw as were his numerous tackles and interceptions.

Spurs U18s: Whiteman, Hinds, Brown, Marsh (c), Tanganga (Dinzeyi 84), Eyoma, Oakley-Boothe, Skipp (Roles 73), Griffiths, Duncan, Shashoua (Tsaroulla 66). Substitutes (not used): Oteh, Austin (GK).