A piece on Spurs debutant Filip Lesniak:
Last nights exhilarating match, which saw Spurs thrash Leicester City 6-1 in the penultimate game of the Lillywhites season, saw manager Mauricio Pochettino name two youth players on the bench for the first time in their Spurs careers. Highly skilful 18 year old winger Samuel Shashoua and 21 year old defensive midfielder Filip Lesniak were the two academy players to be rewarded with a place on the bench after a successful season for the pair. Slovakian midfielder Filip Lesniak was brought on to replace midfielder Mousa Dembele in the 86th minute, and the holding midfielder impressed fans during his short time on the pitch. Lesniak made the dream start on his Spurs debut assisting Harry Kane for his hat trick shortly after coming on, and the midfielder who has been a regular in the under 23’s/21’s over the past couple of seasons, showed no signs that he was fazed by the task in front of him. I was very proud of Lesniak last night, after having watched him many times for our youth teams over the past couple of seasons, it was great to see the 21 year old feature for Pochettino’s senior side. Lesniak is player who I’ve always liked, a hardworking and tenacious holding midfielder, Lesniak joined Spurs’ academy in the summer of 2012. And has since gone on to make many appearances for our various youth sides, born in Kosice, Slovakia. Lesniak is the grandson of Slovakian national team manager Jan Kozak, and the midfielder has gone on to represent his country on many occasions at youth level. He joined Czech side Slovan Liberec on a short loan spell during the early parts of the season before returning to train with our development squad.
Of the many times that I’ve seen Lesniak for our development squad, not once have I seen him have a bad game. Lesniak is a holding midfielder, whose tidy and efficient in the centre of the park, he breaks up play and does the under appreciated sides of the game. He is an old school holding midfielder, he doesn’t do any flashy skills or tricks, he keeps it simple, passing it to the nearest player up field. I’ve always thought he’s been an bit underrated, but it’s not surprising to me that Pochettino sees something in him. He’s an incredibly hard worker, he covers vast amounts of ground and that is something that Pochettino likes in his players. A defensive stalwart, Lesniak is also capable of playing at centre half, which he has demonstrated on numerous occasions over the past few seasons. Lesniak was a key feature in the late Ugo Ehiogu’s under 21 side and its worth noting the effect that Ehiogu has had on his development. Lesniak shows great maturity and discipline, he reminds me a bit of Winks and Benjamin Stambouli in many ways in regards to his style of play. It’s great to see this talented midfielder given his chance in the first team, I’m hoping it won’t be the last we see of him in a Spurs shirt. His current contract expires at the end of next month but I just can’t see Pochettino giving a would be released player his debut, I’m hoping to see Filip involved again in our final game of the season against Hull on Sunday. Lesniak could prove to be a very useful player over the next couple of seasons for the Lillywhites.
Some player reviews of mine, from games Lesniak has been involved in this season:
– Versus Leicester city under 23’s – Filip Lesniak: Made some good challenges in what was a hardworking but tough performance.
– Versus Everton under 23’s: Lesniak had a brilliant game in the centre of park, flawless and as efficient as ever, he covered a lot of ground and won the praises of Ehiogu.