Spurs under 15/16’s versus Ipswich Town: (match preview)
I will be reporting on an academy showcase game this Saturday involving our under 16’s and an Ipswich town u15/16 side, in the Dick Parker trophy at Portman road. A regular event over the past couple of seasons the last showcase game involving both these sides came back in April of 2016 when our under 15’s took on the tractor boys at Portman road. Links are strong between both academies due to former Spurs coach Bryan Klug now being involved with the Ipswich senior team, whilst this particular game is being in held in memory of Ipswich’s Dick Parker who supported Spurs. A number of showcase matches have been held in recent seasons and our links with the East Anglian club has also seen a handful of their players guest for us in youth matches. With the most recent being the quartet of Ben Knight, Zak Brown, Nyan Mesuria and Liam Gibbs who played for our under 15’s during last seasons surf cup in San Diego. The season before that saw Zimbabwean international Kundai Benyu represent our under 19’s in a tournament in Amsterdam. Tomorrow afternoons showcase game will provide the young Spurs players with the rare chance of playing in front of a big crowd at a large and world renowned stadium. It will also give me a greater indication as to who is likely to be part of next seasons group of first year scholars. As for who will play tomorrow, well your guess is good as mine. There will likely be a variety of under 16’s involved which will include the likes of u18 regular J’neil Bennett and goalkeeper Kacper Kurylowicz. There will also be a fair few under 15 players involved, players such as Nile John and Tarrelle Whittaker. There could also be a few under 14’s in action such as England under 15 international Khalon Haysman, who played for our under 16’s during the previous showcase game against Cambridge United earlier in the season. My in-depth match report of tomorrows showcase game will be out on Saturday evening. COYS
Possible starting 11: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz(c), Muir, Walcott, Binks, Cirkin, White, Craig, John, Cooper, Bennett, Asante.
Unavailable: Troy Parrott (international duty).
Doubtful: Rafferty Pedder (injury) and Noni Madeuke (Madeuke has recently been turning out for Man United).
One to watch: Highly rated England under 16 international Ben Knight is considered as one of the most exciting young footballers in the country. The highly touted number 10 who has previously guested for Spurs’ under 15 side will provide the tractor boys with a major attacking outlet.