A preview of Spurs’ new academy intake for the 2017/18 season:
Whilst Spurs’ new first year scholars for the 2017/18 season are yet to be officially announced by the club, quite a few people have a fair idea of who will be included on that list. The following players are the players who are all expected to be announced as first year scholars come the start of the under 18 league campaign, this is just a short preview of each player who will likely be a part of this talented pool of players who I look forward to watching over the coming season.
Joshua Oluwayemi: I saw goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi play once in the under 15 showcase match against Ipswich back in 2016, he impressed me on that occasion with some smart saves. Oluwayemi has also represented England under 15’s at youth level, he will be competing with Jonathan De Bie and Charlie Freeman for the goalkeeping spot, the 16 year old made the bench on one occasion for our under 18’s last season in a game against Aston Villa.
Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Talented right back Brooklyn Lyons-Foster is highly rated with in the England youth set up, playing for their under 17 side as a 15 year old last season, the fullback who has made one appearance for our under 18’s is the brother of former Spurs youth player and current Bristol City player Kodi Lyons-Foster.
Jubril Okedina: A player who I also saw in the Ipswich showcase game, Okedina is a centre half who I know very little about, the defender has however represented our under 18’s side on one occasion last season.
Maxwell Statham: Son of former Spurs player Brian Statham, the centre half who I saw play as an under 15, was brilliant when I watched him at Portman road he put in a very mature performance.
Oliver Skipp: One of the most talented players within our academy set up, Skipp was an integral part of our under 18 side during last season playing, on 22 occasions for McDermott’s side. The dynamic defensive midfielder who can also operate at centre half is a player who I rate very highly, having watched him play many times over the course of last season it was obvious that the England youth international has something special. He’s like a young Michael Carrick, a tidy and efficient player who’s intelligence of the game is fantastic for a player so young. Skipp, who also made one under 23 appearance last season is already an experienced player at under 18 level and I wouldn’t be surprised if he were to play again for the under 23’s this season. I wrote the following article on Skipp not too long ago: https://superhotspur.com/2017/05/08/oliver-skipp-the-diligent-16-year-old-midfielder-who-has-shone-for-our-under-18s-during-this-season/
Jamie Bowden: Not too dissimilar a player to Skipp, Bowden is another player that reminds me of Carrick, Bowden who has played four times already for our under 18’s has represented England at under 15 level in the past.
Maximus Tainio: The son of former Spurs and Finland midfielder Teemu Tainio, Maximus who is also a defensive midfielder joined Spurs from Finnish side HJK Helsinki earlier in the year.
Paris Maghoma: Another excellent prospect the central midfielder who is the younger brother of under 23 player Christian, is a player who excelled for the under 16’s during last seasons campaign. Similar to Onomah in his style of play, Maghoma performs excellent surging runs from the midfield, in addition he also has an excellent shot and is a free kick specialist. Maghoma most recently represented England’s under 16 side.
Dilan Markanday: Primarily a winger Markanday is a player who I’ve only seen play on one occasion, he possesses good ball control and is a skilful winger.
Elliot Thorpe: Another skilful winger who can also play as an attacking midfielder, Elliot Thorpe represented Wales’ under 17 squad whilst still an under 15, Thorpe is a really talented and skilful player who I look forward to seeing more of this season.
Rayan Clarke: A winger by trade, Clarke played for our under 18 side twice last season picking up an assist in the process. A player with a panache about his game, he reminds me a bit of former Spurs man Nathan Oduwa.
Armando Shashoua: The younger brother of academy ace Samuel, Armando is another highly skilful attacking midfielder who plays in a similar style to his brother. Shashoua who played once for our under 18’s last season, is a player who I am still yet to see in action. The forward has attended England under 15 training camps in the past.
Maurizio Pochettino: The gaffers son will no doubt cause much intrigue amongst Spurs fans, Maurizio who operates as a winger was a player who I saw involved in the Ipswich showcase game a couple of seasons back.
Jeremie Mukendi: Another player who made a sole appearance during last seasons under 18 campaign, Mukendi plays as a winger/forward.
Rodel Richards: The only out and out striker from this group of players, Richards played against Aston Villa under 18’s last season.
Phoenix Patterson: The first time I saw Patterson was in that very same Ipswich game in 2016, on that day he was the man of the match. A skilful and agile winger who wowed the crowd with his fancy footwork and excellent goals, now over a season later this hardworking winger has already accumulated a total of 13 under 18 appearances, scoring one goal and claiming two assists. The older brother of under 16 full back Kane Patterson, Phoenix is eligible to represent Scotland as well as England. I reckon this young winger will flourish in Scott Parkers side over the coming season.
Some former players who’ve moved elsewhere: Just some of our former players of the same age group that have signed scholarships at other clubs. Jordan Mceneff (brother of Aaron) (Arsenal), Kane Thompson Summers (Birmingham), Anis Mehmeti (Norwich), Marcel Elva Fontaine (Reading).