Where are they now? (Former academy player Aaron Mceneff):

Where are they now? (Former academy player Aaron Mceneff):

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In a new series of articles in which I’ll be writing over the course of the season, I’ll be looking at where some of our former academy players are playing now, and how they have progressed in the game. The first player I’ll be looking at is a player who I’ve seen play on numerous occasions since he left Spurs in 2015, 22 year old midfielder Aaron Mceneff has gone on to establish himself as one of the league of Ireland’s finest midfielders since his release from the lilywhites back inJune of 2015. Mceneff joined Spurs on a two year scholarship back in August 2012 from Northern Irish club Institute. Over the following three seasons Mceneff played many games for both our under 18’s and under 21’s, the midfielder who was coached for a time by former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood, reminded Sherwood of a young Roy Keane. Unfortunately Mceneff never got to fulfil his true potential with Spurs, with injuries not helping matters. Still I believe Mceneff could very well have made it with Spurs were it not for a series of factors (injury being one of them) including such big competition for the midfield spot. Since joining the candystripes in 2015, Mceneff has developed hugely as a footballer becoming an integral part of the league of Ireland side. I was always a fan of Mceneff at Spurs but it was after a Derry game just under two seasons back when I realised what a talent the former Spurs man was. It was a game involving Derry city and Shamrock rovers, Mceneff dictated the midfield his passing and decision making both top notch he had an air of confidence about his game.

The Irishman has developed a real goal scoring quality to his game, with a thumping long range shot and an excellent penalty record, Mceneff has seven league goals for Derry this season. He has established himself as one of the teams most influential players, and I’m sure he will continue to improve at the Irish club. Im sure we will see Aaron back in English football at sometime in the future as he continues to flourish with Derry city, on a different note Aaron’s brother Jordan who was at one time on our books as an under 14 has signed a two year scholarship with Arsenal, another very talented and skilful player. Spurs have helped develop a lot of Irish youth over the past few seasons, with Kenneth Mcevoy, Tom McDermott and Aaron Mceneff among the most recent, but the one to watch out for over the coming seasons is highly rated Dubliner and Spurs under 16 striker Troy Parrot. I wish Aaron all the very best for the remainder of his season with Derry. COYS

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Spurs under 23’s versus Cambridge united: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Cambridge united: (match preview)

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Another pre season friendly awaits our under 23 squad as Wayne Burnett’s side travel to league two club Cambridge United on Friday night. The game is a testimonial match for Cambridge’s defender and long serving player Josh Coulson, a young Spurs XI faced Ebbsfleet last Saturday but I’m expecting this game to have a couple more under 23 players in the Spurs side, with player such as Marcus Edwards and Kazaiah Sterling likely to travel to the Cambs glass stadium. This pre season game will again provide a fascinating challenge for Burnett’s side as they prepare for a long and busy season, with the U’s providing an important opposition ahead of the beginning of next months Checkatrade trophy. Burnett’s side who were invited to play in this testimonial will come up against some of league two’s finest players, Spurs will come up against experienced striker Jabo Ibehre who actually turned down Spurs as a 15 year old, in addition there will also be a second reunion in less than a year for Irishman Emmanuel Osadebe with Spurs. The former Gillingham man joined his former club from the Tottenham Hotspur foundation college back in 2015. I suspect Fridays game will again be made up of a mixture of under 18’s and 23’s similar to the young side which Burnett fielded against Ebbsfleet, players such as Sterling, Marsh, and Marcus Edwards could all feature. I will be reporting on the game from Cambridge on Friday night, and no doubt the game will give indications to how Burnett will prepare for the coming season, in regards to the players he favours, it also promises to be an intriguing game. COYS

Team news: Goalkeeper Tom Glover remains unavailable due to international commitments with Australia under 23’s, meanwhile the following players have all travelled with the senior squad to the USA: Will Miller, Tashan Oakley-Boothe, Anthony Georgiou, Alfie Whiteman, Brandon Austin, Jon Dinzeyi and Jayden Brown. Meanwhile 20 year old Spurs midfielder and Japanese youth international Cy Goddard appears to be on trial with Japanese J league club Yokohama F.Marinos, it is unclear whether this is with a view to a loan or permanent move.

My score prediction: 2-2 courtesy of goals from Samuel Shashoua and Shayon Harrison.

My predicted team: (4-3-3)
De Bie,Eyoma,Maghoma,Tanganga,Tsaroulla,Amos,Duncan,Roles,Edwards, Harrison,Shashoua.

One to watch: The U’s powerful and tall young striker Uche Ikpeazu, the former Watford youngster is a real threat in the air and will provide a tough test for our young defenders.

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Some background information on the youngsters called up to Spurs’ USA tour:

Some background information on the youngsters called up to Spurs’ USA tour:

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Amongst the senior players called up to Pochettino’s squad for Spurs’ upcoming pre season tour of the USA, there are seven youngsters from our academy that have also been included. The following piece will provide some background information on these players and their styles of play. I haven’t included 20 year old full back Kyle Walker-Peters on the list as he’s already been training with Pochettino’s first team squad for some time.

Brandon Austin: The 18 year old goalkeeper was a mainstay in our under 18’s side last season enjoying an excellent campaign, the talented shot stopper has already made two appearances for our under 23’s. Austin will be traveling to the country which he has represented at youth level, Austin played for the USA’s under 18 team last April, he is eligible through his father who was a professional basketball player.

Jaden Brown: The Lewisham born left back played a big part in both of our under 18 and under 23 campaigns last season. Brown who operates at left back, has represented England up to under 18 level, Brown is a player who I rate highly he’s a defensive but pacy fullback who is akin to Ben Davies in some ways, he can also fill in at centre half if needed. Brown joins Ben Davies as our only other natural left back on the tour.

Jon Dinzeyi: Towering centre half Jon Dinzeyi was a regular in our under 18 squad last season up until suffering an injury which ruled him out for the last few months of the campaign. The second year scholar whose excellent in the air has represented England at under 17 level over the course of last season. The islington born centre half who is still only 17, is clearly a player that Spurs rate highly hence his inclusion in the squad.

Anthony Georgiou: A player who I’m very happy to see included in the squad, Georgiou had an injury hit 2016/17 season for our under 23’s. The 20 year old left winger who can also play at fullback, is a player who I’ve always rated highly. A rapid winger with a fine cross at his disposal, the Cypriot youth international fully deserves his chance to shine in the first team and I suspect that Pochettino will use him as a wingback due to our shortage of left backs.

Tashan Oakley-Boothe: 17 year old midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe was a star of England’s under 17 euro campaign over the summer, the highly rated midfielder is another of our talented midfield prospects. Dembelesque in his style of play, the strong midfielder possesses great skill and vision, he is a very attack minded midfielder.

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Will Miller: A familiar name with in our academy set, up the 21 year old forward spent last season on loan with championship club Burton Albion. The highly skilful and agile Miller was a part of Pochettino’s last pre season squad that travelled to Australia, putting in a fine showing at the unfamiliar setting of left back. The former child actor is a player who I strongly believe can became a Spurs senior player in the near future, watch out for his impressive movement on the ball.

Alfie Whiteman: Last but not least is talented young goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman, the England under 18 international is in my opinion of England’s most promising young goalkeepers. Whiteman who is from Tottenham, has been a part of Pochettino’s traveling senior squad on a couple of occasions last season. Whilst making the bench for our league cup tie with Gillingham at the Lane. COYS

Spurs squad for USA trip announced:

Spurs squad for USA trip announced:

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The squad for our upcoming three game tour of the USA has been announced with in the past hour by the club. We will face PSG, AS Roma and Manchester City as part of the international champions cup, the eagerly anticipated announcement of the squad has thrown up some interesting inclusions, especially from the academy. Pochettino has picked 7 academy players not including Walker-Peters who also travels with the squad, the youngsters that have travelled are: Brandon Austin, Jaden Brown, Jon Dinzeyi, Anthony Georgiou, Tashan Oakley Boothe, Will Miller and Alfie Whiteman. I will be doing an article focussing on those youngsters called up, later today. Amongst senior players who haven’t traveled are, Moussa Sissoko, Erik Lamela, Son and Danny Rose who all miss out through injury. Our first game of the three game tour is against French club PSG in the early hours of Sunday morning, all three games are live on Premier Sports. COYS

Squad:
Toby Alderweireld
Dele Alli
Brandon Austin
Jaden Brown
Cameron Carter-Vickers
Ben Davies
Mousa Dembele
Eric Dier
Jon Dinzeyi
Christian Eriksen
Anthony Georgiou
Vincent Janssen
Harry Kane
Hugo Lloris
Will Miller
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou
Tashan Oakley-Boothe
Josh Onomah
Kieran Trippier
Jan Vertonghen
Michel Vorm
Kyle Walker-Peters
Victor Wanyama
Alfie Whiteman
Kevin Wimmer
Harry Winks

 

A preview of Spurs’ new academy intake for the 2017/18 season:

A preview of Spurs’ new academy intake for the 2017/18 season:

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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).

 

Remembering that 95 yard goal from Paul Robinson: (memory lane)

Remembering that 95 yard goal from Paul Robinson: (memory lane)

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Former Spurs goalkeeper and England international Paul Robinson today announced his retirement from the game of football. The Yorkshireman who played for Spurs between 2004 and 2008 became a popular and important figure at the lilywhites, Robinson who was signed from Leeds United for a fee of £1.5 million pounds back in May of 2004, Robinson went on to make 175 appearances for Spurs which included a 2008 league cup winners medal for Robinson. As well as a top shot stopper Robinson was also a brilliant kicker of the ball, and on St.Patrick’s day in 2007 Robinson created an unforgettable memory for Spurs fans, when in a premier league game against Watford, he remarkably scored the second goal of his professional career. I was sat in the north stand on that sunny Saturday afternoon at White Hart Lane, Martin Jol’s side were in full control of the game as Jermaine Jenas had put us ahead on the stroke of half time. On the 63rd minute of the game a seemingly routine free kick from 95 yards out was kicked by Robinson, even now I remember it in slow motion as it travelled all the way into Ben Foster’s box before bouncing over the England internationals head and into the back of the net, to the astonishment of the crowd. I remember thinking to myself did Robinson really score that! As Ricardo Rocha and Michael Dawson rushed to congratulate him, we ended up winning the game 3-1 over the hornets. But that game will forever be etched in to the memories of Spurs fans for the incredible long range goal scored by Paul Robinson. I wish Paul a very happy retirement and thank him for his time at Spurs.

Spurs XI 1-3 Ebbsfleet United: (match report)

Spurs XI 1-3 Ebbsfleet United: (match report)

“I think there were some positives, some nice play at times. We have to do better at both ends – certainly we have to defend better in our box and be a bit better in their box as well, but it’s game one so we’ll take the positives, get back on the training field and carry out some more work. (Wayne Burnett)

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A Spurs XI took on national league side Ebbsfleet United on Saturday afternoon in a pre season friendly which was being held in memory of Ebbsfleet’s former captain and assistant manager Paul McCarthy who passed away earlier this year. Wayne Burnett fielded an incredibley youthful side in what was his first in charge as under 23 head coach, our young XI put up a spirited fight against the fleet in a game where the scores finished 3-1 to the home side despite Spurs’ best efforts. A crowd of 2,130 packed in to Stonebridge road to watch this afternoons match which despite the negative scoreline, was a hugely intriguing and competitive game which will have provided some excellent experience for our young players. Burnett’s team was a lot younger than I expected, with the majority of players being around the age of 18, whilst there were several notable absentees from our under 23 squad which included Will Miller, Anthony Georgiou and Alfie Whiteman. Spurs enjoyed a good spell of possession in the opening minutes of the game and they produced an early chance to show for it, on six minutes Harrison who was playing on the right wing, slid the ball across to Loft in the box, though he slipped the striker managed to get a shot on goal which seemed to be stopped by the hands of an Ebbsfleet defender, the referee waved play on. It was the home side who broke the deadlock on 17 minutes through former Spurs man Darren McQueen, the pacy striker was in the right place at the right time as he tapped home Jack Connors whipped cross from out wide, leaving De Bie helpless in the Spurs nets.

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We were presented with a half chance a couple of minutes later after, Keanan Bennett’s was fouled on the edge of the box, Shashoua’s following free kick wasn’t too far away as it rose over the cross bar. Five minutes later the home side again tested our defence at the other end, a ball was sprayed across the face of De Bie’s goal which Maghoma managed to get a vital touch on to, to steer it clear of danger. Soon afterwards Daryl McMahon’s side came at us again, this time via Jack Powell whose free kick hammered on to De Bie’s right post before going wide. Burnett’s side made an instant response down the other end as 20 year old midfielder Joe Pritchard tried his luck from range, he’s delightful curling effort going narrowly over Ashmore’s cross bar, an excellent effort from Pritchard! We again came close through the midfielder on the stroke of half time but his half chance hit the side netting. The fleet came firing out the blocks at the beginning of the second half, and it was former Spur Darren McQueen who was again at the root of it, the striker got the better of Maghoma for pace before firing an effort at goal which was saved well by De Bie. Only two minutes later Bennett’s forced a fine stop out of Ashmore with his powerful effort from outside the box.

We found ourselves 2-0 down on 51 minutes after the national league side doubled their lead courtesy of a thunderbolt from midfielder Luke Coulson. Coulson’s effort from just outside the box left De Bie with no chance as it flew into the bottom left hand corner of the net, a superb strike from the Ebbsfleet man. Just when it looked like our young side had the game out of bounds, Shayon Harrison produced a fine effort a mere two minutes after Ebbsfleet’s goal. The goal came about after Bennett’s whipped delivery was blocked out in to the path of Harrison, who from the edge of the area rifled a shot into the back of the net, 2-1! We almost levelled in the minutes that followed after Loft lashed the ball across the face of Ashmore’s goal, but McMahon’s side were looking to capitalise on our attacking style of play, former Hull city man Aaron McLean fired a close range effort over the newly introduced Charlie Freeman’s cross bar, in a chance that should have put the game to bed for the hosts. Just seven minutes later it looked as if we had grabbed a dramatic late equaliser through substitute Jack Roles, Bennett’s initial shot was parried by Ashmore only for Tracey’s follow up to be deflected into the path of poacher Jack Roles who bundled the ball home from close range, only to see the linesman flag for offside, a cruel blow for Burnett’s side!

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The Kent club confirmed their victory nine minutes from time when substitute Danny Kedwell sealed victory from the penalty spot. The referee pointed to the spot after Dean Rance’s pass struck the arm of Japhet Tanganga, the referees decision in my opinion was a bit harsh. Kedwell’s powerful effort from the spot landed in the bottom corner of the net despite a fine touch by Freeman. Ebbsfleet almost found their fourth deep in stoppage time, after Coulson spotted Freeman off his line the winger tried his luck from long range but the 17 year goalkeeper on his first under 23 appearance got back to tip the ball over the bar. The final score Ebbsfleet United 3-1 Spurs, the fleet ran out deserved winners in a highly entertaining game. Despite the result for Burnett’s side, at the end of the day it was men against boys and I thought our lads did themselves proud this afternoon. Our under 23’s are involved in another pre season friendly next Saturday against league 2 side Cambridge United, it’s great to have Spurs back after a long summer! COYS

My Man of the match: Our most creative and proactive player, my man of the match was 18 year old winger turned wingback Keanan Bennett’s, whose sharpness and crossing caused the home side many problems down the left side.

Player reviews:

– Jonathan De Bie: Was pleased to see De Bie get 70 minutes for the under 23’s after such a long injury lay off last season, made a couple of good saves and was good playing the ball out from the back, showed good feet.
– TJ Eyoma: Really mature and impressive performance from the right back, dealt well with the physicality of the game and looked very comfortable throughout.
– Keanan Bennett’s: Adapted really well to the unfamiliar role of left wing back, was probably our most creative player. Used his pace well down the wing, was very sharp.
– Luke Amos: One of the most experienced players in the side, Amos dominated the midfield and was tidy with his passing throughout.
– Christian Maghoma: The captain was heavily involved throughout the game, dealt really well with the physicalness of the home side and the pace of McQueen. Also demonstrated good leadership.
– Japhet Tanganga: The 18 year old centre half had a decent game at the back good in the air, Tanganga was very unlucky to concede a penalty.
– Shayon Harrison: Our only goalscorer Harrison enjoyed a good second half on the wing after a quiet first one.
– Joe Pritchard: One of our best players going forward from the midfield, was unlucky not to get on the score sheet.
– Ryan Loft: Battled really well up front showed some really impressive hold up play but didn’t receive a lot of service.
– Samuel Shashoua: Although only playing the first half, Shashoua played as a free roaming attacking midfielder, skilful and tidy throughout.
– Shilow Tracey: Had a very quiet game down the left wing against his former club.
– Dylan Duncan: Impressive second half showing from the midfielder.
– Jack Roles: Decent under 23 debut for Roles, desperately unlucky not to get our equaliser.

 

Ebbsfleet United: Ashmore, Connors (Graham 72), Winfield (c), Clark (Shields 72), Powell (Rance 64), Drury (Coulson 46), Weston (Cook 51), McQueen (Mambo 72), Payne, Mills (Kedwell 64), Magri (McLean 72). Substitutes (not used): McCoy, Miles (GK).

Spurs XI: De Bie (Freeman 72), Eyoma (Lock 72), Bennetts, Amos, C Maghoma (c)Tanganga, Harrison, Pritchard (Roles 61), Loft (Hinds 69), S Shashoua (Duncan 46), Tracey.

Goals: Ebbsfleet – McQueen 17, Coulson 52, Kedwell 88 (pen); Spurs – Harrison 56.

Referee: Jack Packman.

Attendance: 2,130.

 

Some thoughts on Kyle Walker’s departure:

Some thoughts on Kyle Walkers departure:

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On Friday our right back Kyle Walker joined premier league rivals Manchester City in a world record £53 million deal. Five years ago few would have predicted that Kyle Walker would go on to become one of Europes finest right backs. But that’s exactly what the Sheffield born footballer has achieved under the guidance of our manager Mauricio Pochettino, always rated as a hot prospect since joining from Sheffield united in 2009. Despite his lightning quick pace and defensive might, he was plagued with injury problems and he never showed his true potential. That all changed when Pochettino arrived, the right back has developed in to the complete right back, whose pivotal role in Pochettino’s footballing philosophy saw him considered as one of Europe’s finest full backs over the past two seasons. Exciting, powerful and defensively superb, Walker enjoyed his finest season during the 2016/17 campaign, rightfully earning his place in the PFA team of the season, he was without doubt one of our best players during last seasons successful campaign.

However, for one reason or another Walker finds himself at Man City the subject of a world record fee, despite the astronomical fee and expected departure, Walker’s exit from the lilywhites still comes as a shock and as a great loss to our talented team. In a side where the full backs are such an important part of our style of play, Pochettino faces a dilemma. Does he sign a replacement rumoured to be a player in a similar mould to Walker (Ricardo Pereira of Porto) or does he keep faith in Kieran Trippier as Walker’s replacement, whilst rotating him with the young Kyle Walker-Peters.
Pochettino’s intentions will come clearer over the coming weeks, but one things for certain and that’s that Kyle Walker leaves a huge void to fill in our team. It’s been a pleasure to watch Walker play for us over the time he has been at Spurs, a warrior on the pitch Walker had a special connection with our fans. And whilst it’s hard to take, Walker gave his all at Spurs and I wish him all the very best at his new club, thank you for the memories. COYS

Spurs XI versus Ebbsfleet United: (match preview)

Spurs XI versus Ebbsfleet United: (match preview)

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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.

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Checkatrade trophy group announced for Wayne Burnett’s side:

Checkatrade trophy group announced for Wayne Burnett’s side:

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The final stage of the Checkatrade trophy draw was announced this afternoon with Spurs’ development squad being drawn in group F of the southern section alongside League one club AFC Wimbledon, and league two clubs Luton town and Barnet. The tournament which begins next month will see Wayne Burnett’s side play all three group games away from home against the EFL clubs. It’s an intriguing draw which will see us play in two london derbies, as well as a trip to Kenilworth road to face Luton town. This tournament is a massive challenge for our youngsters and it will be a fantastic opportunity for them, whilst it would be a massive achievement to progress from their group, we’ve got the quality to achieve it and head coach Wayne Burnett who won the competition as a player for Grimsby, will know how important a competition it is for the young Lilywhites. In other news a Spurs team beat National league side Leyton Orient 4-0 this afternoon in a behind closed doors friendly at Hotspur way, the goals were scored by Walker-Peters, Nkoudou, Jaden Brown and Will Miller. Three senior players took part in the game, with Michel Vorm, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Josh Onomah all being involved, you can watch the goals in the tweet provided below. Finally 18 year old Spurs starlet Marcus Edwards played a big part in getting England under 19’s to the final of the European championships this evening, the winger went on a brilliant run to assist Lukas Nmecha for a last gasp winner against the Czech Republic. COYS