Spurs under 23’s versus Brighton & Hove Albion: (match preview)
Wayne Burnett’s under 23 side return to PL2 action tomorrow afternoon when they take on Brighton & Hove Albion at the ‘ Seagulls ‘ training centre in Lancing, Sussex although the game had originally been scheduled to take place at Crawley Towns ground on the Monday evening. This is our first PL2 match in over a month and due to the fact that we loaned out three players during the January transfer window, tomorrow’s squad should have a new look about it. Development squad regulars Anthony Georgiou, Kazaiah Sterling and Shayon Harrison all left the club on loan on Thursday and this will provide more spaces in the squad for some of our under 18’s to make the step up to Burnett’s side. Due to the recent bad weather our under 18’s league match against Southampton on Saturday was called off. However, I am hopeful that tomorrow’s game won’t suffer the same fate, as Brighton’s under 18’s played a league match against Reading on the Saturday afternoon at their training centre. Simon Rusk’s side sit above us in the league table in fourth place, just four points off league leaders Everton. After impressing during their debut season in the top flight the ‘ Seagulls ‘ sparkled during the early stages of the campaign. And a lot of that had to do with prolific centre forward Aaron Connolly and attacking midfielder Anders Dreyer. However, both of those players were loaned out during the recent transfer window. Rusk’s side will look quite different to the one which we drew 1-1 to back in August, at the Lamex stadium. Some of the Brighton players to watch out for tomorrow will be young Swede Viktor Gyokeres who plays as a forward, winger Ryan Longman and the ‘ Seagulls ‘ Finnish goalkeeper Hugo Keto who is a good shot stopper. After Mauricio Pochettino came out in midweek and said that Netherlands international Vincent Janssen would be reintegrated into the first team fold, I would hazard a guess and say that tomorrow could be the forwards final game for our development side. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple of under 18’s included in tomorrow’s squad, and due to the amount of players that the opposition has loaned out we could be in for a very interesting game of under 23 football.
Wayne Burnett’s side have been playing really well since the start of the year and they’ll be hoping to record another win they play Brighton tomorrow, providing that the game isn’t called off! I will be reporting on tomorrow’s match and I shall have my in-depth match report out by the following day. I would like to wish all of Wayne Burnett’s lads the very best of luck for Sunday’s match.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Hinds, Tanganga (c), Eyoma, Cirkin, Marsh, Oakley-Boothe, Tracey, Roles, Bennett, Janssen.
Subs from: Austin, Tainio, Duncan, Clarke, Parrott.
Injured/unavailable: Jonathan Dinzeyi, Luke Amos, Jamie Reynolds, Rodel Richards, Phoenix Patterson.
Doubtful: Dilan Markanday.
Previous meeting: 1-1.
My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.
My one to watch: The ‘ Seagulls ‘ Swedish forward Viktor Gyokeres has been in fine form for Brighton’s development side so far this season. The 20 year old who was one of Simon Rusk’s most important players during the 2017/18 title winning season, has scored six goals from 14 matches for the clubs under 23 side so far this campaign.