Spurs under 23’s versus Manchester United: (match preview)
Just one day after Pochettino’s side said farewell to White Hart Lane with a memorable 2-1 victory over Manchester United, a day a later our under 23’s face the Red Devil’s in their final game of the PL2 season (which is live on MUTV, kick off: 7pm.) This evenings game which is being held at Old Trafford is in many ways a meaningless game in what has been a terribly sad time for our clubs academy. Safe from the threat of relegation I’m expecting Spurs to field a very youthful side for this evenings game, with many under 18’s in contention to start against Man United, I’m hoping to see the inform Jack Roles make his debut. It will be a tough game, but the young Lillywhites will be eager to sign off with a victory over United. The players to watch out for are the already featured Scott McTominay, winger Callum Gribbin and the well known defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson. COYS
Absentees: Tom Glover (suspended).
My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Whiteman, Maghoma, Tanganga, Lesniak, Ogilvie, Amos, Goddard, Brown, Edwards, Tracey, Sterling.
My predicted score: 3-2 to Spurs.
previous meetings: 1-1.
One to watch: Manchester United’s rising star Scott McTominay, the midfielder has made the bench for Mourinho’s senior side over the past couple of matches, and also made his debut against Arsenal in a 2-0 defeat at the Emirates stadium.
Spurs versus Manchester United: (match preview)
The time has come for Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side, for one final time Spurs will play at White Hart Lane in what will be a highly emotional match on Sunday afternoon. Spurs face Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side who currently occupy sixth spot, and the Portuguese manger has already made it know that his priority is the UEFA Europa League over the premier league. After Chelsea won the league title on Friday night, our priority remains on securing second place and we only need one point from our last three league games to secure that feat for the first time since the 1962-63 season under the legendary Bill Nicholson. What we have achieved under Pochettino this season has been nothing less than miraculous, we have massively overachieved for a second successive season and we have the opportunity to cap off a wonderful season with victory over Man United at the Lane finale. There will be a memorable post match celebration of Spurs’ much cherished stadium, but the focus for Spurs will be on giving the Lane a fitting send off. Man United have had quite a strange season, their still in the race for fourth spot, but Mourinho has prioritised the Europa League final against Ajax, which will likely result in Mourinho fielding a weakened squad for the trip to the Lane. You can’t help but be confident for Spurs, but we know just how hard an opposition Man united can be, with their rigorous and highly structured defence. With players of the ilk of Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford, the Red Devil’s will be a potent side. However, tomorrow is about our beloved stadium and I am wholly confident that our players will rise to the challenge. COYS
Team news: Apart from the two absentees Harry Winks and Erik Lamela (who are out for the season) there are not a lot of of injury concerns. It is highly unlikely whether Danny Rose will make his comeback from injury against United, after he resumed full time training with the first team squad. Meanwhile Josh Onomah and Cameron Carter-Vickers are away on international duty at the under 20 World Cup (in Japan) with their respective countries.
My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Lloris (C), Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Walker, Wanyama, Eriksen, Davies, Son, Alli, Kane.
My score prediction: An emphatic 4-0 victory for Spurs courtesy of goals from Harry Kane x2, Son and Alli.
One to watch: The experienced and energetic forward, England international Wayne Rooney’s quality should never be underestimated and he will be a real source of danger tomorrow.
Spurs under 18’s end league season with a dramatic 3-3 draw with Derby County:
Our under 18’s played their final game of the league season on Saturday lunchtime, and what a game it was. A 3-3 draw with Derby county, which saw John McDermott’s resilient side dig deep to ensure a thrilling end ensued. It wasn’t enough to top their group in the end, Spurs finishing second only to the winners Aston Villa. However, it was a fitting end to what has been a fine domestic season for McDermott’s side, who have played some scintillating football over the course of the season. Having gone 2-0 down, Spurs fought back on two occasions to secure a point with the goals being scored from Jack Roles, Paris Maghoma and Kazaiah Sterling. It was a game in which four under 16’s were involved in and McDermott was more than pleased with their impact on the game, saying afterwards – “I was also really pleased with Paris Maghoma – he was a difference-maker today, he took his opportunity and did really well with individual snippets of positive play but overall we lacked the passion and commitment that I’d expect from this group of players. Paris did well, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster showed a good commitment and Rayan Clarke had a very good assist for Kazaiah’s goal, but what we would hope is that the senior players would lead the way rather than the Under-16s and that’s why there’s a feeling of frustration.” McDermott was also full of praise for Belgian goalkeeper Jonathan De Bie who made his long awaited return from a serious injury, making a string of superb saves. Spurs will participate in the Under-19 Volksbank Cup later this month, in Stemwede Germany.
Some end of season statistics: (Domestic competitions only)
Top scorers: 1. Jack Roles – 18 goals from 24 appearances.
2. Samuel Shashoua – 15 goals from 28 appearances
3. Kazaiah Sterling – 12 goals from 22 games
Most assists: 1. Samuel Shashoua – 11
2. Keanan Bennetts- 8
3. Dylan Duncan and Kazaiah Sterling – both on 7.
Most appearances: 1. George Marsh – 29
2. Samuel Shashoua and Dylan Duncan- 28
3. Keanan Bennetts- 26
Spurs U18s: De Bie, Lock, Tsaroulla, Marsh (c), Omolabi, Tanganga, Bowden (P Maghoma 56), Roles (Clarke 64), Sterling, Reynolds (Lyons-Foster 64), Bennetts. Substitute (not used): Freeman (GK).
An ode to White Hart Lane:
Since 1899 White Hart Lane has opened its doors to generations of Tottenham Hotspur supporters, but on Sunday it will open for one final time. With Spurs’ premier league clash with Manchester United the last ever game to be played at our cherished ground, at least in its current form. Since my first visit to the Lane, I knew it was special and I’m not just saying that because I’m an ardent Spurs supporter. The Lane is intimidating with its compactness, its closeness to the pitch, all give it that old fashioned feel. My first match at White Hart Lane was a 1-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers on the final day of the 2003/04 season, the game itself was won by a Jermain Defoe goal on 18 minutes, but it was my first impressions of the ground that still have an effect on me to this present day. I’ve been lucky enough to attend hundreds of matches at the Lane since, from 3-2 defeats to Charlton to 3-0 victories over Manchester United, I’ve enjoyed my fair share of emotions. Every time I take to my seat, whether it be in a London Derby or an under 23 game, I always think of the legends past who have played on the same pitch, from Arthur Grimsdell to Danny Blanchflower and Ossie Ardilles, you can feel the rich history that this compact 31,000 seater stadium has witnessed over the years. Designed by the renowned architect Archibald Leitch in 1909, White Hart Lane has seen significant changes to its ground over the decades, but whilst it has been modernised it has never lost its unique identity, passion and world famous atmosphere.
Whilst we are only moving away from N17 for a season, when we return in 2018 the ground will be completely transformed. Those glorious memories of the Lane, from the greats of the 1960/61 double winning side to the dramatic 1984 UEFA cup final, will never be forgotten. This stadium has been people’s lives, from the staff that have worked their to the loyal supporters that have spent a life time going to the Lane, it’s been much more than just a venue. It’s been a home from home, it will go down in history as one of the most iconic grounds the world has ever seen. Going into White Hart Lane is like stepping into the past, Sunday will be a very emotional day for all connected with Spurs, it’s the end of an era, but it’s just the start of a bright exciting journey that will see Spurs return of those glory, glory days! COYS
Spurs under 18’s versus Derby County: (match preview)
Our under 18’s play their final game of the league season on Saturday afternoon as John McDermott’s side take on Derby county at the rams Moor farm training ground. Still in with a chance of topping their merit group, the young Lillywhites will be eager to end their domestic season with a victory to round off what has been a successful campaign. I’m expecting Spurs to lineup with a strong squad for the visit of Derby county. Fresh from their emphatic 3-0 victory over Everton in midweek, McDermott’s side face a Derby side who occupy fourth spot in tier two. Although I haven’t seen the rams play this season, I know they have picked up some notable victories during the campaign including a 4-0 thumping over Manchester United on the opening day of the season. Whether Spurs top the group will depend on other results, whatever happens this group of players can hold their heads high, they’ve enjoyed a very good season under McDermott. COYS
My predicted lineup: Austin, Hinds, Omolabi, Tanganga, Tsaroulla, Skipp, Marsh(C), Bennetts, Roles, Shashoua, Sterling.
Known absentees: Dinzeyi, Eyoma, Oakley-Boothe, Griffiths.
In another bit of youth football related news, the EFL announced on Friday morning that 16 development sides would be invited for a second season to the Checkatrade trophy, with some big changes made to the competition. I’m hoping Spurs will decide to take part next season for a tournament which provides academy players vital experience against senior sides. The news around whether we are involved or not, will become clearer in the coming months.
One to watch: Derby forward Cameron Cresswell, who has netted 11 goals this season.
Spurs under 18’s return to winning ways with 3-0 victory over Everton:
“Most pleasing is the fact that some of the Under-17s are coming to the end of their year and the level of improvement that Moroyin, Tariq and Matthew Lock all showed has been really pleasing. The First Years really drove the team today and they have set a marker down for next year.” (John McDermott)
Our under 18’s played their penultimate game of the league season this morning, with John McDermott’s side facing Everton at the toffees finch farm training ground. It was an impressive victory for McDermott’s side as they recorded a comprehensive 3-0 victory over the Merseyside club, with Samuel Shashoua, Keanan Bennett’s and Nick Tsaroulla getting the Lillywhites goals. The victory leaves Spurs a point of table toppers Aston Villa with one game remaining, it sounded like another glowing performance from Spurs today as the immensely talented group of players look to cap off a fine season on a high. Samuel Shashoua netted his 15th of the domestic campaign whilst also providing an assist, whilst Keanan Bennett’s got his fourth of the campaign. Nick Tsaroulla who has had an excellent season at left back rounded off an excellent victory with his first of the season, Spurs play their final game of the season on Saturday against Derby county with hopes of winning their merit group very high. Spurs should publish a detailed report on their website later today. COYS
Spurs under 18’s versus Everton: (match preview)
Our under 18’s are in action on Tuesday morning, John McDermott’s side face Everton at the toffees finch farm training ground in an 11:00am kick off. It’s their penultimate game of the under 18 league season and they’ll be eager to return to winning ways following a narrow 3-2 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday. Still in with a shout of winning tier 2 of the under 18 league, I’m predicting McDermott to field a strong side for the trip to Merseyside. They face a talented Everton side who currently occupy bottom spot of tier 2 with 4 points from 6 games. Whilst I haven’t seen anything of this Everton side, I know that the standout players will include midfielder Danny Bramall and forward Shane Lavery. Unfortunately I will be unable to attend tomorrows game however, there should be live score updates provided by the Spurs and Everton Twitter accounts. COYS
Team news: With our under 23’s not involved again until Monday, I have a feeling McDermott will go with a strong side for this important game. I reckon Kazaiah Sterling, Japhet Tanganga, Samuel Shashoua and Keanan Bennetts will all travel to Liverpool. Jonathan Dinzeyi will miss Tuesday mornings game through injury, whilst the Spurs trio of Eyoma, Oakley-Boothe and Griffiths are all away in Croatia with the England under 17’s side. Again I wouldn’t be surprised to see some more under 16’s feature on the bench for Spurs.
My predicted lineup: Austin, Hinds, Marsh, Tanganga, Tsaroulla, Shashoua, Skipp, Duncan Bennetts, Sterling.
My score prediction: 2-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Sterling and Shashoua.
One to watch: Everton midfielder Danny Bramall, Bramall has scored eight goals for the toffees so far this season.
Oliver Skipp: The diligent 16 year old midfielder who has shone for our under 18’s during this season:
“Oliver Skipp, as well, showed guile and quality in possession but also a real desire and toughness out of possession.“ (John McDermott, speaking after Saturday’s defeat to Aston Villa.)
16 year old Spurs midfielder Oliver Skipp is a player who has shone for our under 18’s during the current campaign. He may still be a schoolboy but that hasn’t stopped the highly rated defensive midfielder from making the step up to John McDermott’s side. Skipp has been capped as high up as an under 17 international for England, the 16 year old is a brilliant young player who I have watched throughout the season. Skipp, who primarily operates as a deep lying defensive midfielder but is also adept at playing at centre half, has glowed with quality on the pitch. He was propelled up to last seasons under 16 side whilst still an under 15, in addition he was also a key member of England’s under 16 side during the same season. The 16 year old is a player in the mould of Michael Carrick, a technician with in the centre of the park, Skipp’s intelligence and anticipation of the game is quite special, so too is his ability to pick out a tremendous pass. In fact, if you were to watch Skipp play for our under 18’s you’d think he was a second year scholar, such is his maturity and impressive decision making on the ball. He is a tidy and efficient player, he’s a bit like Harry Winks in some ways, he doesn’t over complicate anything with a flashy bit of skill or an unnecessary trick, he deals with danger like Winks in that respect. Skipp shows guile in his style of play, you can tell just by watching him play that he has a real footballing brain.
Not once have I seen Skipp have a bad game this season whether it be for our under 18, 19’s or under 23’s for who he made his debut for earlier in the year. He’s not as commanding in the midfield in the same way that under 18 captain George Marsh is, but he is a calming presence with in the team, he never overplays a situation. Watching Skipp play is exactly like watching a young Michael Carrick, everything from his awareness to his decisive interceptions remind me of the Manchester United star. In addition, his movement off the ball is also a key quality of his game, the youngster never shies away from a challenge, he is a team player who is never selfish on the ball, his got a tremendous attitude and work ethic on the pitch. I have seen Skipp play many times this season and I predict great things for him during his career with Spurs, he has all the hallmarks of a top defensive midfielder who I believe will continue to flourish at youth level. Next season Skipp will sign a two year scholarship with Spurs and he will be one of the under 18’s most experienced players. Whilst I’m expecting him to play the majority of the season for the under 18’s, I have a feeling that he’ll be integrated into the under 23’s squad by the midpoint of the season. I predict a great future for Skipp and feel that he will have a long and successful career for Spurs. COYS
Some footage of Skipp in action for England under 16’s in 2016: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_BBcjHlngMs
Josh Onomah and Kyle Walker-Peters named in England under 20’s squad for the under 20 World Cup:
Two of our brightest youth prospects have been named in England’s under 20 squad ahead of the FIFA under 20 World Cup which begins on the 20th may in South Korea. Talented midfielder Josh Onomah (20) who has featured on several occasions for Pochettino’s side this season, and the immensely talented right back Kyle Walker-Peters (20) has also been called up by head coach Paul Simpson. The annual tournament, sees England drawn in group A alongside host nation South Korea, Argentina and Guinea. If England reach the final of the competition it would see the Spurs duo involved until the 11th June. It’s a brilliant opportunity for the pair to show their qualities on the international stage for their country, in what is an incredibly talented pool of England players. I wish Josh and Kyle the very best of luck for the tournament, I shall be closely following England’s progress in the competition.
Spurs loanee round up: Shayon Harrison and Connor Ogilvie both involved on final day of League 2 season:
Two of our loanees played their final games as a loanee at their respective clubs on Saturday afternoon, in the final day of the League 2 season, Shayon Harrison (19) and Connor Ogilvie (21) were both loaned out during the recent winter transfer window.
Shayon Harrison: The 19 year old striker started up front for the glovers in their 2-0 defeat to Colchester. It was a rare start for the talented forward, Harrison completed 68 minutes of Saturday’s game before being substituted. Although he didn’t complete many full matches for Yeovil since arriving, Harrison will have gained vital experience that will help in his development, and chances of making our first team in the coming seasons. Harrison scored one goal in his short time at the Somerset club.
Connor Ogilvie: Ogilvie started at left back for Stevenage in their 3-0 home defeat to Accrington Stanley at the Lamex stadium. Stevenage needed a win in their final game if they were to reach the play offs in what has been a very good season for the Hertfordshire club. On his second loan spell with the boro, Ogilvie once again cemented his place in the side and made a really good defensive impact on the team. Ogilvie completed the entirety of the match. Meanwhile fellow Spurs loanee Ryan Loft was not included in the match day squad.