A dream debut for Spurs youngster Anthony Georgiou:
“It feels amazing to make my debut and to do it in the Champions League as well is a dream come true really. It’s also nice to do it in Cyprus as I have a lot of family from here. It’s unbelievable! Everybody dreams of playing in the Champions League, it’s the biggest competition in club football, so it’s really a dream come true. It’s a proud moment for me and family.” (Anthony Georgiou)
A couple of weeks ago Spurs youngster Anthony Georgiou was playing in front of a couple of hundred enthusiastic spectators on a cold night in Stevenage, as Spurs’ development squad drew 2-2 with Swansea. Last night was a completely different matter for the promising 20 year old winger from Lewisham. Georgiou, who has represented Cyprus at youth level, came on as an 84th minute substitute to make his Spurs debut in the UEFA champions league, in a country which he has strong links to. You couldn’t have scripted it any better, Georgiou making his Spurs debut in front of hundreds of thousands of football fans across the planet. The 20 year old who missed the majority of last season with a knee injury, has fought back over pre season, highly impressing Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino who went on to include him in the first team squad that travelled to the USA in July. From there Georgiou has seized his opportunity, clearly impressing Pochettino with his performances on the training ground, so much so that he seems to be exclusively training with the senior squad since the beginning of the season. Only featuring in a handful of under 23 games, the left winger who joined Spurs’ academy as a 13 year old. Is one of the hardest workers on a football pitch that you’ll find. From my many years of seeing Georgiou play for Spurs across a variety of youth levels, what has struck me time and time again, is the endless amounts of energy he puts into games.
A creative left winger who can also slot in at wing back, Georgiou possesses blistering pace, (something that our squad lacks) a brilliant delivery and a work rate of the highest quality. He is the kind of impact player who as I’ve said before, could become a very useful option for Pochettino over the course of the season. Georgiou’s a confident player who isn’t afraid to take defenders on down the flank, something that impressed Spurs fans during the friendly with Roma in pre season. When, up against a quality right back in Bruno Peres, Georgiou impressed and seemed unfazed by the quality of the opposition. He becomes the ninth academy player to make their Spurs debut under Pochettino, a number which will only increase as the season progresses. My congratulations go to Anthony, on his first team debut for Spurs, the first of many more to come. COYS