Spurs under 18’s versus Norwich City: (match preview)
Matt Wells inform under 18 side resume league on Saturday when top of the table Spurs face bottom of the table Norwich City, at Hotspur Way. Two sides who have started the season in massively contrasting fashion, Wells high flying youngsters will really fancy their chances of consolidating their place at the top of the southern division with another win on Saturday morning. Norwich’s academy has gone through a period of great change over the last year or so and this has seen them lose a number of their hottest prospects. Most notable of which was the departure of highly rated winger Glenn Middleton who signed for Scottish side Rangers in January of this year. This significant change in the clubs youth set up has clearly affected the canaries form at under 18 level at least. Norwich have started the season with seven defeats from their opening seven matches and David Wright’s side albeit it without excellent Irish centre forward Adam Idah who has been promoted to the under 23’s, have only managed to score six goals so far this campaign, whilst conceding a total of 27. In addition to that Norwich haven’t won an away game in the league since September of 2017. After our under 19’s impressive 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the UEFA youth league in midweek, there’s a good possibility that Wells will rotate his side for Saturdays game. The likes of Rodel Richards, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and J’Neil Bennett could all find themselves being rested for our development sides Checkatrade trophy game against Gillingham next Wednesday. Especially as Burnett is missing a whole host of the more senior members of his side to injury. With Troy Parrott having not played a game for almost two weeks I would expect the Irishman to lead the line tomorrow before he heads off on international duty for Ireland. I’m also hoping to see the highly effective midfield partnership of Harvey White and Jamie Bowden start tomorrow, both players are an absolute joy to watch. I will be at Hotspur Way tomorrow reporting on the game and I shall have my report out by the following day.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Okedina, Statham, Binks, Cirkin, A.Shashoua (c), White, Patterson, Markanday, Clarke, Parrott.
Subs from: Oluwayemi, Tainio, Thorpe, Mukendi, Cooper.
Injured/unavailable: Enock Asante and Malachi Walcott.
Previous meeting: Spurs 3-5.
My score prediction: Spurs 4-0.
My one to watch: Former Spurs schoolboy Anis Mehmeti is a skilful attacking midfielder who signed scholarship terms with the canaries last summer upon leaving Spurs. Mehmeti impressed during Norwich’s 5-3 win over us last season and managed to get an assist during that game. He is a clever attacking player and the Spurs lads will know all too well of what he is capable of.