Spurs XI versus Ebbsfleet United: (match preview)
It’s our development sides first game of the 2017/18 season on Saturday, as a Spurs XI takes on National league club Ebbsfleet United at their Stonebridge road stadium in a pre season friendly. Ebbsfleet are holding the game in memory of their 2008 FA Trophy-winning captain and former assistant manager Paul McCarthy, who passed away recently at the age of 45. Spurs promised to send a team as part of the deal for former Ebbsfleet youngster Shilow Tracey. The game will be our new under 23’s head coach Wayne Burnett’s first in charge of Spurs’ development squad, and what an opportunity it will be for his players to come up against a tough senior opposition. The Kent club who were only promoted to the national league last season, have some really experienced players in their side that will really challenge our youngsters. Veteran striker Aaron McLean who scored against us for Hull City a couple of seasons ago plays for the fleet, so too does experienced former Wycombe winger Myles Weston as well as former Blackpool midfielder Jack Payne. There are also two ex Spurs lads in manager Daryl McMahon’s side, former academy goalkeeper Jonathan Miles (24) and ex academy striker Darren McQueen (22) both ply their trade with the National league club. I will be reporting on Saturdays game, for which I cannot wait for, its been too long since Spurs last played. I will be providing an in depth match report from the game which will be an intriguing occasion, though it’s a great challenge for Burnett’s side, there’s no better way to begin pre season then with a friendly against a National league side. COYS
Team news: 18 year old winger Marcus Edwards is away on international duty for England under 19’s at the European championships in Georgia, whilst goalkeeper Tom Glover is on international duty with Australia’s under 23 side in Myanmar. As always with pre season friendlies, substitutions will be happening throughout the game and this will provide opportunities for younger players like Jack Roles, Samuel Shashoua and Dylan Duncan to adapt to under 23 football ahead of the new season. Whilst the team is likely to be made up of under 23’s, I wouldn’t be surprised to see senior players such as Onomah and Nkoudou involved.
My team prediction: (3-4-2-1) Whiteman, Tanganga, Maghoma, Marsh, Walker-Peters, Goddard, Amos, Georgiou, Tracey, Miller, Harrison.
My score prediction: 2-2 courtesy of goals from Tracey and Harrison.
One to watch: The fleets former Spurs academy player Darren McQueen, the striker who has played for England C scored the winning goal to promote Ebbsfleet to the national league last season.