Some notes on Spurs loanee Samuel Shashoua’s performance against Peralada:

Some notes on Spurs loanee Samuel Shashoua’s performance against Peralada:


Spurs youngster Samuel Shashoua was in action for his loan club Atlético Baleares on Sunday afternoon. Samuel played 88 minutes of the Balearic clubs 1-0 win league victory over Peralada at the Son Malferit, in what was a dull and fairly uneventful game of football. Nevertheless, the 19 year old put in another good shift out on the left wing for the high flying Spanish club despite some very tight defending from the away side. The Tottenham loanee started Sunday’s match out on the left wing, in Atlético’s usual 4-2-3-1 formation. After some good early movement from the 19 year old during the opening stages of the game, the forward came close to giving Manix Mandiola’s side an early lead after they had started the game in positive fashion. After Kike Lopez had received the ball down the right flank he whipped a good ball into the Peralada penalty area. Shashoua had made an excellent late run at the far post and the teenager would have given Atlético the lead had Lopez’s cross not been cut out by Peralda defender Santi Bueno just in the nick of time. Samuel received the ball in a good position on the edge of the Peralda penalty area a couple of minutes later, after Lopez had threaded a nicely weighted pass through to him. However, Samuel went down on the edge of the penalty area after being clipped from behind by Maxi Villa, but no foul was given by the referee. Shashoua continued to be involved in the vast majority of Atlético’s attacking play and he continued to make himself available to receive the ball in promising positions. After Francesc Fullana passed the ball to Samuel on the edge of the oppositions penalty area, Shashoua attempted to play a quick one two with Nuha inside the penalty area but he was unable to get around Peralda defender Teo down the left side of the box, to get to Nuha’s pass. Samuel appeared to switch flanks with Canario shortly afterwards. After Fullana had passed the ball to Nuha down the left side of the oppositions box, the striker tried to square the ball for Shashoua who had made a darting run at the back post, but the goalkeeper Marc Vito managed to smother the ball before Samuel could get to it.

Mandiola’s side continued to dominate possession and after Samuel had passed the ball to the overlapping Kike Lopez down the right flank, the fullback curled a powerful curling effort narrowly wide of Marc Vito’s goal. Shashoua had worked extremely hard during the first half to influence the game and he had been very unlucky during the first period. The Tottenham loanee started the second half back out on the left wing and it didn’t take him long before he managed his first shot on goal of the game. After he had received Kike Lopez’s pass on the edge of the Peralada penalty area, Shashoua quickly adjusted his body before curling the ball towards the bottom right hand corner of Marc Vito’s goal. However, the Peralda goalkeeper managed to get down well to make a smart stop, to prevent Samuel from getting his fifth league goal of the season. After doing well to win the ball off of Maxi Villa down the left flank, Shashoua burst forward before threading a perfectly weighted pass into the feet of Nuha. The Gambian international took his time before giving the ball to Fullana on the edge of the penalty area. Fullana then attempted to pass the ball to Shashoua who had made yet another good run into the box, but the former England under 18 international couldn’t get to the ball in time and it rolled out of play. Atlético Baleares finally made the breakthrough in the 70th minute through Alvaro Vega who scored from a corner kick. Samuel continued to try and make an impact on the game during the minutes that followed. After doing well to keep the ball in play, Shashoua passed the ball to Fullana inside the penalty area however, the attacking midfielder fired wide of goal. A couple of moments later Shashoua tried to play a quick one two with Alberto Villapalos inside the danger zone but he was unable to get a shot away on goal, after he appeared to be fouled from behind by Peralada defender Ferraresi. Samuel was replaced in the 88th minute of the game and the youngster looked sad as he departed the field, and that wasn’t surprising.

Even though the Londoner had given his absolute all against Peralada down that left flank, he had been the subject of some really dirty defending from the oppositions defence. He was constantly getting cynically clipped from behind and this effected his game. It is also worth noting that Shashoua suffered a nose bleed after one such challenge but he soldiered on and gave another really good account of himself for Manix Mandiola’s high flying side. Up next for Samuel’s loan club is an away league game against Conquense on Saturday, a win for Atlético could see them go to the top of the league for the first time this season. Samuel’s razor sharp movement for Atlético this season has been of the highest quality, and it has been very Salah-esque. 

Samuel Shashoua for Atlético Baleares this season: 

Appearances: 21

Goals: 4

Assists: 2

Some notes on Spurs loanee Anthony Georgiou’s performance against Badalona:

Some notes on Spurs loanee Anthony Georgiou’s performance against Badalona:


Our 21 year old Academy graduate Anthony Georgiou made his debut for his loan club Atlético Levante on Sunday afternoon, after he came on from the bench in their 2-1 home, league defeat to Badalona in the Spanish División B – Grupo III (the third tier of Spanish football). The Cyprus international had a bright cameo for parent club Luis Tevenet’s side, and the hardworking winger proved his versatility after he came on, after he was forced to play out on the right wing in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Georgiou’s appearance against Badalona at the Ciudad Deportiva De Buñol, was only his second ever competitive appearance in men’s club football. The Lewisham born wide man only arrived in Valencia last Saturday but he already found himself in the match day squad for Levante’s B team on Sunday afternoon. And the speedy and direct winger wasn’t afraid to bomb forward down the right flank as he tried to help Levante to get something out of the match, after he being introduced in the 64th minute of the game. In the following short piece I will be going through Georgiou’s positive cameo on his debut for the Spanish club. The ` Granotas ‘ were trailing by one goal to nil when the Tottenham loanee was introduced to the action in the 64th minute of the match. However, a matter of minutes after the 21 year old replaced Alberto Quintana out on the right wing the visitors doubled their advantage through Marco Chaco. It’s worth noting that Georgiou had tracked back all the way into the Levante penalty area to try and stop Chaco from scoring. The Londoner looked sharp and alert out on the right flank and he was linking up well with right back Shaq Moore down that side of the pitch. Levante’s number 16 (unfortunately I couldn’t get hold of a team sheet) came close to pulling a goal back for Luis Tevenet’s side before Georgiou went on his first attacking foray down the right flank. After receiving the ball the pacy winger surged forward down the flank before cutting inside onto his left foot and attempting to pick out Eneko Jauregui in the penalty area by delivery a whipped cross into the danger zone. However, his ball in to the penalty area was cut out by a Badalona defender just in the nick of time. 

 Shortly afterwards the ` Granotas ‘ pulled a goal back in some style through Eneko Jauregui’s long range pile driver into the top left hand corner of the goal, on 77 minutes. Following Jauregui’s goal the home side started to get forward a lot more and Georgiou was providing the team with an outlet down the right channel. After cutting inside onto his favoured left foot, the Cypriot international floated a promising ball into the danger zone, which was knocked down by Jauregui to Levante’s number 16 in the box, but he was unable to test the goalkeeper and he was quickly intercepted by a Badalona defender. A couple of moments later Shaq Moore played the ball down the line to Georgiou who cut inside from the right wing before darting into the penalty area where he attempted to beat the oppositions number four with some fancy footwork. However, Georgiou was tripped by the Badalona man who stuck out a leg to prevent him from coming inside any further, but the referee astonishingly deemed Anthony to have dived, and he was given a yellow card, much to his disbelief. If like me, you have seen a lot of Georgiou over the years then you will know that he isn’t the type of winger who will go to ground without significant contact being made. Following his booking Georgiou continued to play with a positive energy about him, and he was getting himself into some really promising positions down the right flank as well as linking up well with fullback Shaq Moore. The youngsters passing was also nice and crisp, and his movement in and behind the Badalona left back was causing him to become unsettled. After he picked the ball up down the right wing Georgiou cut inside once again before whipping another teasing cross into the oppositions penalty area however, it was headed away by Badalona’s number five. Anthony continued to get up and down the right flank well and his defensive contribution to the game to help out Moore, who was getting forward a lot was really helping out the Levante defence. The home team conceded a cheap penalty in stoppage time however, the ` Granotas ‘ goalkeeper managed to deny Badalona’s number two from the penalty spot. The Spurs loanee thought for a moment that the referee had given him his second yellow card a couple of minutes later however, after a quick clear up the referee clarified that it was in fact intended for one of Georgiou’s teammates for a handball offence.

During the final moments of the game Levante pushed almost all of their players up the pitch as they tried to find a late equaliser. After doing well to keep in Shaq Moore’s pass down the right wing, Georgiou sent a hopeful low cross into the Badalona box, but it was cleared away by one of their defenders. The Cypriot’s delivery from the resulting corner kick was also cleared to safety by a Badalona player, and the referee blew the final whistle a matter of seconds later. Although it may appear from my article, that Georgiou wasn’t heavily involved going forward that simply wasn’t the case. The winger was a bright spark for Luis Tevenet’s side after he came on, and he put in a typically positive and workman like shift down the flank. This was only a short cameo from Georgiou but there were a lot of positives that you could bring away from the 21 year olds performance, and there were plenty of promising signs from his short cameo that Georgiou will become a very important player for the Valencia based club over the coming weeks and months ahead. Anthony looked nice and sharp down the right flank, and he looked lively both in and out of possession. The former Watford schoolboy showed good awareness and his positioning and movement down the right wing was as impressive as always. Despite the fact that he was playing out of position he didn’t change his game or his style of play, and he made sure that he went on some purposeful surging runs. He also looked to put the ball into the danger zone at almost every opportunity, and he would often cut inside onto his left foot to make sure that he could put in his very best deliveries. Furthermore, the youngster covered well for Levante’s American fullback Shaq Moore in defence and he allowed the attack minded Moore to overlap him on several occasions down the wing. For all of the promising attacks that Georgiou embarked on and his link up play with Shaq Moore, once again it was his defensive discipline and willingness to track back after him and how quickly he was able to get back after him, that really impressed me today. Considering the circumstances I thought that Georgiou did really well for his parent club on his first appearance for the ` Granotas ‘ and I was very proud of how he conducted himself out on the pitch. I would like to thank Levante for providing such an excellent stream of today’s match. Up next for Anthony and Atlético Levante is an away league match against Lleida next Sunday afternoon. The Tottenham loanee will be hoping that he will make his first start for the club in that game. Unfortunately it appears that, that match will not be streamed. I would also like to congratulate the Cyprus international on making his debut for Atlético Levante on Sunday afternoon, and I look forward to following his progress over the coming months.

Anthony Georgiou for Atlético Levante this season:

Appearances: 1

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

My interview with former Spurs player Ernie Walley:

My interview with former Spurs player Ernie Walley:


Ernie Walley signed for Spurs as a 17 year old back in 1951, shortly after the Lilywhites had won the first division title for the first time in their history. Walley was a teenager from Caernarfon in North Wales, where he combined his time playing for his local boys club with working on a brickyard in the town. After being scouted and recommended to Tottenham Hotspur by a scout, Ernie travelled down to London for a one months trial with Spurs and it didn’t take long before legendary former manager Arthur Rowe wanted the talented wing half to sign professional terms with Spurs. The Welshman spent seven years at Spurs in total where he progressed through the ranks at the Lilywhites, before going onto make five competitive appearances for the first team. The young man from North Wales got to watch, train and play with Arthur Rowe’s famous push and run side on a regular basis. And it was the likes of Ron Burgess, Bill Nicholson, Len Duquemin, Sonny Walters, Danny Blanchflower and of course Arthur Rowe who helped Ernie to develop both as a footballer and as a coach. He may have only played five competitive games for our first team but during Ernie’s seven years at Spurs, the Welshman saw the club go through massive changes both on and off the field. The wing half who later played for Middlesbrough and Stevenage, also went onto forge a successful career in coaching. Walley was a youth team coach at Arsenal before going onto become the manager of Crystal Palace. However, it was his time as an assistant manager to John Hollins at Chelsea during the tumult of the mid 1980’s which will probably be how Ernie is most remembered by fans of the modern game. However, I traveled to Bangor in North Wales to learn about Ernie the Spurs player, and while he was at times visibly frustrated that his memory of his time at the club had faded somewhat, he kindly shared with me his memories of playing in and being associated with one of the finest teams in the history of our great club. There are very few former Spurs players that are still alive today who can say that they played with the likes of Bill Nicholson, Ron Burgess and Sonny Walters, as well as being managed by Arthur Rowe the visionary.

The 85 year old was without a doubt one of the kindest and most welcoming former Spurs players that I have ever interviewed, and I felt greatly privileged to get the opportunity to interview Ernie about his time at Spurs in the 1950’s. 

What are your earliest footballing memories?

Ernie: As a boy my earliest footballing memory was when I used to play with the lads from my area (Top Field). On Sunday’s we used to play for the boys club and the chief scout sent me from there to Tottenham, and so that’s how I started with Tottenham where I came through the youth ranks before transferring to Middlesbrough. I’m not sure how many games I played for Middlesbrough but it wasn’t a lot. 

What are your earliest memories of your time at Spurs and how did you come about joining the club? 

Ernie: The scouts in Caernarfon asked me if I’d like to go to Tottenham for a trial, at the time I used to work in the brickyard in Caernarfon but a Mr. Clarke asked me if I’d like to go for a trial at Tottenham. At Spurs I used to play on Thursdays and I stayed there for a month, and after doing that I phoned the brickyard to ask them if I could stay at Tottenham, and after that I signed for them. However, soon after that I went into the army and I had to be there for 18 months. After coming out of the army I played a couple of games for Tottenham (the first team) but don’t ask me to remember them. I think it was two or three games and then after that I got transferred to Middlesbrough but after I suffered a bad injury in a game against Rotherham, I had to go for treatment back down in London. After recovering I went to one or two minor teams, I think Gravesend and Northfleet and Stevenage. After that I did my coaching badges at Baker Street, in London and after that I spent seven years at Arsenal as a youth team coach. After leaving Arsenal I went to Crystal Palace and I was there for a long time, I reckon about 13 years before I went onto Chelsea where I was assistant manager to John Hollins for a little while.

What was it like being a young man from Caernarfon coming to a big city like London to play for one of the biggest clubs in European football at the time?

Ernie: Frightening! I jumped on the train to London on a Thursday to go for a trial at Tottenham where Arthur Rowe was the manager with Jimmy Anderson as his assistant, but he was useless. After staying at Spurs for a month I signed professional and from there I went into the army to do 18 months national service where I became a PT instructor and did my sessions there. Once I came out of the army I ended up being transferred from Tottenham to Middlesbrough. 

What was your time at the Lilywhites like on the whole?

Ernie: Well I was young, I think I was 16 or 17 when I joined Spurs or something like that. And as a boy being on the ground staff it was all quite different, I used to clean the boots of all the first team players for a season at least, and I didn’t like that.

Did you have any footballing heroes/inspirations and if so who were they?

Ernie: Ron Burgess who played for Tottenham in the midfield and also for Wales. When I arrived at Spurs it was people like Ron who used to encourage me, and I used to look up to them as a boy. And he (Ron) was the captain of Wales at the time.

You made your first team debut for Spurs in a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in 1955. What are your memories of that day and how it came about?

Ernie: Well the boy that played in midfield, Duncan Edwards scored a cannonball shot right into the top corner of the goal that day and I can remember that the score was 2-1 to Manchester United.

Could you describe to me what type of player you were and what positions you played in for Spurs during your time there?

Ernie: I used to play what they call now midfield right half and left half, and I used to kick the players and tackle them but I didn’t like to lose. I think I was sent off a couple of times because sometimes I used to tackle a bit naughty, because they used to do it to you. I always used to try and keep fit even when I was a coach I used to make sure that I looked ok, and I would never ask the players to do anything that I couldn’t do and I still am a fitness fanatic to a point. I used to be able to walk on my hands but the lads used to say to me that I couldn’t do it, but I would walk from one 18 yard box on my hands all the way to the other 18 yard box!

I once heard a story that you lifted a Chelsea player up in the changing room, is that true?

Ernie: Yes, but not to hit him! I used to do a lot of exercise and if anyone tried to bully me I would never walk away, but I used to enjoy my football and my coaching.

What was it like to play with legendary Spurs players such as Sonny Walters, Len Duquemin and Danny Blanchflower?

Ernie: That’s three very good players that you have named there. Danny Blanchflower was an Irish international who was good on the ball and he used to love being on the ball. Danny was well respected and you looked up to him because he always used to highlight different things in the game to you. Whereas Sonny Walters was an outside right and he used to be as quick as a whippet but he was nothing outstanding. While big Len Duquemin used to be a centre forward.

What was the great Arthur Rowe like as a manager? 

Ernie: Arthur Rowe was the manager when I came there before Jimmy Anderson took over. I think that Arthur Rowe was a gentleman, different to nowadays when all they say is get on with it, but Arthur Rowe was a gentleman and he was gentle. With Arthur it used to be all about getting rid of the ball and getting it to the feet of Len Duquemin but you also had Sonny Walters who would cross the ball in from the wing. That push and run style is done by all the teams now, in fact they do it better now, or worse I should say! With Arthur it was always push and run, push and run.

What was Jimmy Anderson like as a manager in comparison to Arthur Rowe?

Ernie: He was a completely different class, he was hopeless. He didn’t know the game and he had a different voice to Arthur Rowe. I can once remember seeing Arthur crying after he had got a bit excited with a group of players shortly before he left the club.

Who were your greatest influences at Spurs?

Ernie: When you say influences I’d have to say the Wales captain Ron Burgess who I used to look up to. Ron Burgess and the other Tottenham fullback Arthur Willis used to like a drink!

Were there any players at Spurs who you would watch closely to try and improve your game or to learn from?

Ernie: Once again I would have to say Ron Burgess and I used to watch his games. I was fanatical about the game even though I was only 17 or 18 years of age.

Could you talk me through some of your favourite memories of your time at Spurs or ones which particularly standout within your memory?

Ernie: It’s difficult to say but I can’t honestly say anything because I’d be telling lies as I can’t really remember it. Football was just like a job of work to me. 

What was the greatest moment of your footballing career?

Ernie: When your team wins you are over the moon, but I really don’t know what the greatest moment of my footballing career was.

What prompted you to leave Spurs and could you talk me through your career after you left the Lilywhites?

Ernie: I left Spurs because they transferred me to Middlesbrough who were looking to sign me, and I was eager to join them after speaking to their manager. But shortly after I signed for them I suffered that bad injury and that finished me, I had to wear a long splint for six months after that, and that’s a long time.

While you were assistant manager at Chelsea during the 1980’s you would have coached legendary Spurs player Micky Hazard. What was he like to coach and how do you look back on your time at Chelsea with John Hollins?

Ernie: At times he was a nuisance! Micky Hazard was a good player and he had good skill but he was like the lads of today who have lots of skill and fair play to him, but I thought he wasn’t hard enough. However, he had lots of skill and he could do a lot on the ball. 

Did you get on well with the players that you coached at Chelsea?

Ernie: Yes I think I did get on well with most of them but I won’t say that I didn’t shout at them. Because a lot of players want to rule things themselves but I got on well with the likes of Micky Hazard even though I didn’t like him, just because he was not my type of player and because he didn’t like training. I used to swear a lot!

Who was the toughest winger that you ever came up against in your career?

Ernie: I really can’t answer that question because there were quite a few good wingers that I came up against in my career.

How did your time at Spurs prepare you for your subsequent career in the game?

Ernie: To be honest with you Tottenham didn’t do anything for me because I wasn’t there long enough even though I was there for eight years. I just got on with the game.

After all these years how do you look back on your time at the Lilywhites and is Spurs a club who you still hold close to your heart?

Ernie: Well, I was there from 16/17 years of age and even now whenever Spurs come on the box when they are playing a game I’ll watch them play because they are a club who I enjoyed my time at. Even now I look up Tottenham to see how they are doing, and I am a bit nosey about them. 

Would you call yourself a Spurs fan?

Ernie: I would like to think that I am because I was there in my early days and also because I used to look up to one or two of their first team players such as the Wales captain Ron Burgess.

What was Ron Burgess like as a player?

Ernie: He was what they would now call a midfielder and he was somebody who would run all day. He had some stamina on him, he was always up and down, and up and down the pitch. Whereas Danny Blanchflower was good and pretty on the ball but he didn’t have that oomph about him like Ron did however, I’d still have both of them in the side. 

Another legendary player who you would have played with at Spurs was Eddie Baily. What was he like to play with?

Ernie: He was good on the ball for an inside forward but he could never run properly, and personally I thought that he was a little bit useless.

What would your advice be to the young Spurs players of today as the look to make it in the game?

Ernie: You need to be committed and you must make sure that you listen to your coaches and what they’ve got to say. But most of all you’ve got to work hard if you want to make it in the game and you have to do your share of the handwork and you must be tough. If you’re not going to do your share of the hard work then you should come out of football, because that’s no good. 

Some notes on Spurs loanee Samuel Shashoua’s performance against Sabadell:

Some notes on Spurs loanee Samuel Shashoua’s performance against Sabadell:


Spurs loanee Samuel Shashoua made his 20th competitive appearance of the season for his parent club Atlético Baleares on Sunday morning, in their league game away to Sabadell. It may have been a dour 0-0 draw with very few meaningful chances at either end of the pitch however, it was the 19 year old left winger who was the shining light from what had been a pretty poor match. And with the exception of Atlético’s goalkeeper Carl Klaus who had made a string of fine saves, Samuel was the man of the match on Sunday. Once again the left winger was the most creative player on the park, and it was his tireless work at both ends of the pitch which helped the Balearic club to achieve an important point, a point which lifts Manix Mandiola’s side into second place in the Spanish Segunda Division B Group III table, only three points behind league leaders Villarreal B. I watched the vast majority of Atlético’s encounter on Sunday morning on my way down to Brighton’s training ground to watch our under 23 match. However, I decided to rewatch the whole game last night, and I am glad I did as it made me appreciate what a great shift Shashoua put in for the team. Samuel started the game out on the left wing in a 4-2-3-1 formation for Manix Mandiola’s side. The Spurs loanees first involvement in the game arrived early on, after he had received the ball down the left flank. Shashoua then cut inside onto his right foot before side stepping his way past two Sabadell players and giving the ball to Francesc Fullana in a promising position however, nothing amounted from the attack. Shortly afterwards Samuel made a clever ghosting run towards Sabadell goalkeeper Roberto’s near post, after Fullana had made a good run down the left side of the penalty area however, he had failed to pick out the teenager. Samuel then whipped a menacing ball into the box from the resulting corner kick but it was cleared by Sabadell defender Pajarero. Shashoua’s movement and positioning during the early stages of the game had been very impressive, and it was causing quite a few problems for the Sabadell defence.

After Marcos De la Espada had managed to pick out Samuel with a nice lofted pass down the left side of the Sabadell box. The winger then managed to pick out Yelko at the back post with a similarly impressive lofted pass. He knocked the ball down for Fullana whose powerful low effort was saved comfortably by Roberto. Shashoua was managing to get involved in the game despite how quiet both sides had started the match. After receiving Fullana’s pass down the left wing, the tricky winger darted down the line before zig zagging his way inside and travelling with the ball and passing to Canario, but he was unable to get his shot away and the ball ended up going out for a corner kick. Shashoua’s resulting delivery from the corner was comfortably claimed by Roberto, the Londoner was proving to be the most threatening player in the first half. After Canario had shifted the ball out to Samuel on the left wing he tried to whip the ball into the danger zone, but his cross was blocked by Oscar Rubio. However, the ball came back to Shashoua who shimmied his way around Rubio before picking out De la Espada in the centre of the box, but the striker got the ball stuck under his feet. Straight from that Atlétcio attack Samuel could be seen tracking back down the left flank and he did very well to cut out a dangerous Sabadell attack, after he managed to get in front of the advancing Felipe to win the ball off of him. A couple of minutes later Samuel made another important defensive contribution to the game, after tracking back down the wing enabled him to get in front of the pacy Domínguez after he had got on the end of a flick, before bursting forward down the channel. Samuel not only managed to get in front of the Sabadell winger to intercept him, he also managed to win a free kick in what was to be his final contribution of the first half. The second half was even more dour than the first and neither team was able to really test either goalkeeper.

After Canario had pumped the ball into the Sabadell penalty area defender Nico managed to head it clear but only towards Samuel who connected with the ball first time, before volleying over Roberto’s crossbar. His side footed effort on goal wasn’t a million miles away from going in, and once again he had showed good technique to connect with the ball so sweetly. He managed his first effort on goal of the game a couple of minutes later. After intercepting Néstor’s pass Samuel gave the ball to De la Espada on the edge of the Sabadell box but his shot on goal was blocked by a Sabadell defender. Shashoua was able to pick up the loose ball before pulling off a sublime Marseille turn to get away from Oscar Rubio. He then swivelled around and managed to hold off Pajarero before continuing into the box, and then having his powerful low effort on goal saved by Roberto. Samuel’s next involvement in the game came some ten minutes later after some good work from Nuha to keep the ball in down the right wing, before continuing forward and pulling the ball back to Shashoua in the middle of the Sabadell penalty area. However, Samuel appeared to be clipped from behind by a Sabadell defender and his first time effort went high and wide of Roberto’s goal, a quiet spell in the game followed. After Nuha had passed the ball to Samuel on the edge of the oppositions penalty area, he cut inside onto his right foot before attempting to find the top right hand corner of Roberto’s goal from his thumping effort. However, the Sabadell goalkeeper made a smart diving save to beat the ball away, and Nuha ended up blazing over on the follow up, it was the closest that Atlético had come to finding a late winner. However, in a desperate late attempt to break the deadlock Shashoua went on a purposeful run after cutting inside from the left flank, he then side stepped his way past two Sabadell players before continuing forward however, much to Samuel’s anger he had his shirt pulled from behind by Adri, just as he was about to pass the ball to De la Espada, this resulted in the referee awarding a free kick to the visitors.

After the final whistle had been sounded, Shashoua fell to the floor in exhaustion. The talented Spurs man had given his all against Sabadell and it was yet another performance of such high quality from the 19 year old, who was the most potent attacking player on the field by a distance. Apart from his zig zagging runs, sublime Marseille turn, first class positioning and movement in and around the oppositions penalty area, there was so much more to be admired about Samuel’s performance. I might sound like a broken record but his defensive contribution is so, so good and on Sunday he showed it again and it really helped Atlético’s left back Peris. This was another very good performance from Shashoua in a game which lacked so much in quality. Up next for the 19 year old and Mandiola’s inform side is a home league game against Peralada on Sunday, at the Son Malferit.

Samuel Shashoua for Atlético Baleares this season: 

Appearances: 20

Goals: 4

Assists: 2

Spurs under 23’s 0-2 Brighton & Hove Albion: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 0-2 Brighton & Hove Albion: (match report)


Our under 23’s returned to league action on Sunday when they faced Brighton & Hove Albion in the PL2, at the ‘ Seagulls ‘ American Express Elite Football Performance Centre in Lancing, Sussex. Wayne Burnett’s side had a new look about it for the encounter with Brighton following the loaning out of three our most experienced under 23 players during the January transfer window. This meant that some of Matt Wells‘ under 18 side had to make the step up on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately for Spurs they didn’t have their best game against Brighton whose tight defending and well structured back line was able to quell the threat of attacking talents such as Jack Roles and Troy Parrott, for much of Sunday’s game. It was very similar to the reverse fixture which was played back in August, Brighton were defensive and they were constantly looking to catch us out on the counter attack and from set pieces. Wayne Burnett’s Tottenham side lacked a cutting edge on the day and their intricate, attacking game was thwarted by Simon Rusk’s extremely well organised Brighton side. It wasn’t a game that had many clear cut chances and after a quiet start to the first half it was the ‘ Seagulls ‘ who took the lead from a corner kick on 20 minutes. After dominating possession during the opening stages of the game, Spurs had been undone from a simple corner kick. Peter Gwargis‘ deflected corner ended up falling kindly for Serbian striker Bojan Radulovic at Austin’s near post, and he was able to stroke the ball past the Tottenham goalkeeper to give the home side the lead. Spurs did have an excellent chance to respond before halftime through Troy Parrott however, the Dubliner was denied by a fine save from goalkeeper Hugo Keto. Simon Rusk’s side were the better team during the second half and after creating a couple of good chances the ‘ Seagulls ‘ doubled their advantage through Radulovic, who netted his second of the game in the 61st minute. The centre forward had managed to finish off a really well worked Brighton counter attack to slot home from inside Spurs’ penalty area. Despite Wayne Burnett’s sides best efforts and all the effort that they put into the game, they never really looked like they were ever going to respond. Jack Roles and substitute Rayan Clarke seemed the most likely of our players to score but they just couldn’t break down the brick wall which was the Brighton defence.

Wayne Burnett’s new look side lined up in the familiar 4-2-3-1 formation with Brandon Austin starting in goal for Spurs. A back four of Okedina, captain Tanganga, Lyons-Foster and Hinds lined up in front of Austin, while George Marsh and Tashan Oakley-Boothe partnered up in the centre of the park. Shilow Tracey started the game out on the right wing and first year scholar J’Neil Bennett started on the opposite flank, either side of Jack Roles who played in the hole. Centre forward Troy Parrott led the line for Wayne Burnett’s side for the first time this year. Spurs got the game underway on a cold but gloriously sunny afternoon in Sussex. After both sides started to move the ball around well during the opening couple of minutes of the game Brighton captain Max Sanders delivered a dangerous low cross into the Tottenham penalty area, which was cleared by Tanganga at the near post. Spurs responded down the opposite end of the pitch through George Marsh, who after receiving Shilow Tracey’s pass on the edge of the Brighton box forced a comfortable save out of Hugo Keto from his tame low, first time effort. Brighton’s Danny Cashman had a curling effort on goal blocked by Okedina on the edge of the Spurs box, after receiving Bojan Radulovic’s pass. Both sides were being restricted only to hopeful efforts on goal during the early periods of the game and after Tracey gave the ball to Okedina on the edge of the Brighton box the defender fired a low effort on goal, but it was cleared away by Warren O’Hora. Shortly afterwards Jack Roles had a corner kick headed away by Alex Cochrane but the ball came to Tariq Hinds on the edge of the penalty area. However, the full back blazed an effort high over Hugo Keto’s crossbar on the half volley. Although it had been a fairly even start to the game, Spurs had seen a lot more of the ball. After intercepting Tashan Oakley-Boothe on the edge of the Tottenham box Hayden Roberts fired an effort straight at Tanganga, Lyons-Foster was then able to clear Archie Davies‘ cross. However, it was the ever threatening ‘ Seagulls ‘ who broke the deadlock in the 20th minute of the game from a corner kick. Peter Gwargis‘ delivery bounced straight off Hayden Roberts inside the Spurs box, before falling kindly to Bojan Radulovic who was closest to it. The Serbian was then able to stroke the ball past Brandon Austin at his near post and into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 0-1.

Brighton had a chance to double their lead shortly after the restart when Austin passed the ball straight to Peter Gwargis on the edge of the Spurs penalty area. However, the Australian youngsters effort on goal was well blocked by Lyons-Foster. Spurs were trying hard to find a leveller and after Parrott passed the ball to Roles the Cyprus under 21 international tested Keto with a powerful effort from range, but the Finnish youngster was able to hold Roles’ effort. A couple of minutes later Lyons-Foster passed the ball to Oakley-Boothe who managed to slip the ball into the feet of Parrott down the right side of the Brighton penalty area. However, the striker had an initial effort on goal blocked by Leo Ostigard before then whipping the ball across the face of the Brighton goal, in an attempt to pick out J’Neil Bennett at the back post, but the winger couldn’t control the ball and Keto was able to gather it. After Max Sanders ran across the edge of the Tottenham penalty area he tested Austin who managed to hold his low effort on goal. Then at the other end of the pitch young Troy Parrott was gifted a fantastic opportunity to draw Spurs level. After the towering Warren O’Hora had attempted to clear the ball away from the Brighton penalty area his clearance ended up rebounding off of Tracey, and straight into the feet of Parrott who went darting down the right side of the penalty area. However, the Dubliner couldn’t beat Keto and his powerful, low curling effort was well saved by the Brighton goalkeeper. At the opposite end of the pitch, Peter Gwargis had an effort on goal blocked by Tanganga inside the Spurs penalty area. A couple of minutes later Jack Spong’s low cross found its way to Max Sanders on the edge of the penalty area, but the midfielders shot on goal was blocked superbly by the sliding George Marsh. Jack Roles then picked up a yellow card for a foul on Peter Gwargis in what was to be the final meaningful piece of action from the first half. A half from which Wayne Burnett’s side were unable to make all of their possession count.

Brighton got the second half underway and it was the ‘ Seagulls ‘ who were first to threaten our goal. After Archie Davies pumped the ball into the Spurs box Warren O’Hora rose highest to get to it, but his headed effort on goal lacked power and it was comfortably saved by Austin. Another long ball from Davies shortly afterwards caused more problems for the Spurs defence after it managed to run through to Radulovic inside the penalty area. However, the attentive Tariq Hinds managed to get in front of the Brighton forward and he ended up clattering into the out rushing Austin, and this forced the referee to stop the game. Spurs‘ first meaningful attack of the second half was a well worked move which resulted in Parrott passing the ball to Roles who managed to play in Tracey down the right side of the Brighton box, but the wingers effort on goal was blocked by Alex Cochrane. A couple of moments later J’Neil Bennett cut inside from the left wing before curling an effort wide of Hugo Keto’s goal. Wayne Burnett’s side continued their bright spell in the game and after George Marsh passed the ball to Oakley-Boothe down the left side of the Brighton box, the midfielder cut inside and tried to beat Keto at his near post but his effort on goal was blocked by Leo Ostigard. However, in the 61st minute of the game Brighton’s Bojan Radulovic severely dented Spurs‘ hopes of getting anything from the game, when he netted his and Brighton’s second goal of the match. After Peter Gwargis had robbed the ball off of Tariq Hinds deep inside his own half, the Brighton winger advanced forward before slipping the ball into the feet of Danny Cashman down the right flank. Lyons-Foster attempted to make a challenge but missed, and Cashman was able to surge past him before squaring for Radulovic in the middle of the penalty area. Austin had come rushing out to try and close down the Serbian strikers angles, but the Brighton man kept his cool and slotted past Austin, and despite the sliding Lyons-Foster’s best efforts on the line the centre half couldn’t prevent Radulovic’s effort from going in, 0-2.

Spurs tried to respond, J’Neil Bennett cut inside from the left wing before having an effort on goal blocked by Warren O’Hora, Bennett was replaced shortly afterwards by Rayan Clarke. After Roles had passed the ball to Parrott he gave it back to Roles on the edge of the Brighton box before letting fly, but his effort on goal took a significant deflection off of Ostigard before being saved by Keto. Troy Parrott was replaced by Dylan Duncan in the 68th minute as Wayne Burnett moved Shilow Tracey up top. Okedina almost managed to pick out the makeshift striker at Keto’s back post but Ostigard was able to clear the ball before Tracey could tap home. Jack Roles initiated a good move a couple of minutes later, after picking the ball up from deep he darted forward through the middle of the pitch before playing a clever one two with Tracey on the edge of the penalty area, and forcing a decent save out of Keto who managed to keep out Roles‘ low curling effort. After Shilow Tracey had received Dylan Duncan’s pass on the left wing, the 20 year old cut inside before having an effort on goal headed behind for a corner kick by Ostigard. Rayan Clarke picked up a yellow card shortly afterwards for a pull on Archie Davies. Substitute Soufyan Ahannach fired a powerful effort straight into the chest of Dylan Duncan before forcing a good low save out of Austin from his effort on the follow up on the edge of the penalty area. After dispossessing Dylan Duncan Jack Spong slipped the ball into the feet of Peter Gwargis on the left wing, he then cut inside Lyons-Foster before curling an effort narrowly wide of Brandon Austin’s left hand post. Japhet Tanganga whipped a promising ball into the penalty area at the opposite end of the pitch but his cross was claimed by Hugo Keto. Spurs did have one more effort on goal before the referee blew the final whistle. After Shilow Tracey had latched onto Japhet Tanganga’s long ball, the forward came inside from the left flank before curling an effort well wide of Hugo Keto’s goal.

It was a difficult game for Wayne Burnett’s side on Sunday and it was quite evident that we lacked the experience of players such as Anthony Georgiou and Shayon Harrison who had left on loan. Simon Rusk’s side had one of the best defences that we have come up against this season and they prevented us from playing our intricate one and two touch football to effect despite their very best efforts. Burnett’s sides next game is not until Friday the 15th of January when we host bitter rivals Arsenal at the Lamex stadium, in the PL2. In case you hadn’t already heard, our development side have been drawn against Croatian side NK Dinamo Zagreb 2 in the quarter finals of the Premier League International Cup. A date for that game hasn’t been set.

Player reviews:

  • Brandon Austin: The 20 year old goalkeeper made his 20th competitive appearance of the season for Spurs on Sunday afternoon, and the Hemel Hempstead born shot stopper had another solid game in between the sticks. Austin made a couple of smart stops and he commanded his penalty area well, while also doing a good job with his distribution. He couldn’t have done anything to prevent the ‘ Seagulls ‘ two goals. Brandon made three saves in total.
  • Jubril Okedina: The second year scholar made his PL2 debut for Wayne Burnett’s side against Brighton when he slotted in at right back. The defender from Greenwich in South London, did a good job at keeping Brighton Jack Spong in check throughput the match and he made some important defensive interventions.
  • Japhet Tanganga: The skipper imposed himself well on the game and he formed a strong partnership with Lyons-Foster who was operating at LCB. Tanganga made a couple of really important blocks and interceptions, and the Tottenham captain was dominant in the air, winning the majority of his aerial duels. The 19 year old was commanding at the back and he led his teammates well.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: My motm, see below.
  • Tariq Hinds: The fullback operated at left back on Sunday and apart from his error which led to Brighton’s second goal, Hinds put in a strong defensive performance and he was busy all afternoon against the potent Peter Gwargis who was a constant thorn in the Tottenham defences side.
  • George Marsh: The tough tackling midfielder kept things ticking in the middle of the park and he did a good job at breaking up play. Marsh did particularly well to block Max Sanders effort on goal in the first half.
  • Tashan Oakley-Boothe: Like Marsh, Oakley-Boothe moved the ball about well in the central areas of the pitch. The Lambeth born teenager played the latter part of the game out on the right wing.
  • Shilow Tracey: The 20 year old started the game on the right wing where he tried to work Brighton fullback Archie Davies with his direct and purposeful runs. However, after Parrott was replaced shortly after the hour mark, Tracey moved up top. And while it was difficult for him to influence the game he did manage to get a couple of shots away. The winger who has only recently returned from injury, held the ball up well against Brighton and he did some good work off the ball.
  • Jack Roles: The inform midfielder played in the hole against Brighton and Jack Roles was by far our most potent attacking player on Sunday. Roles dropped deep in order to receive the ball and initiate chances, he also played some clever one and two touch football on the edge of the penalty area. Roles was unlucky with a couple of his efforts on goal but he always used the ball positively.
  • J’Neil Bennett: The 17 year old made his first appearance of 2019 for Wayne Burnett’s side when he started on the left wing against Brighton on Sunday. The first year scholar tried his best to find a way through the tenacious Brighton defence and he would often cut inside onto his right foot and try to test Hugo Keto. Bennett tracked back well after him and he held onto the ball very well during his 63 minutes on the pitch.
  • Troy Parrott: The centre forward completed 68 minutes of Sunday’s match and although Parrott was up against a very good defence, the young Irishman handled himself well against central defenders Leo Ostigard and Warren O’Hora. The Ireland under 19 international linked up well with Jack Roles, and he was unlucky not to put away his good chance towards the end of the first half.
  • Rayan Clarke: The substitute worked hard to try and create chances for centre forward Shilow Tracey. He went on some good surging runs down the left flank and he pumped some good balls into the box.
  • Dylan Duncan: He helped to keep things ticking in the middle of the park during his late cameo.

My man of the match: On only his third appearance of the season for our development side, centre half Brooklyn Lyons-Foster was my man of the match on Sunday after putting in a very assured performance. Operating at LCB in a back four, the 18 year old really impressed me under such testing circumstances. The centre half showed good awareness and positioning throughout the game, he also played the ball out well from the back and his distribution was good. The former England under 17 international made a couple of really important defensive interventions against the ‘ Seagulls  ‘ and it was his overall reading of the game which enabled him to do so, to such effect. The centre back made a fantastic challenge on the pacy Peter Gwargis right on the edge of the Tottenham penalty area during the first half, to break up a dangerous Brighton attack. Lyons-Foster also recovered well for Brighton’s second goal and he almost managed to block Bojan Radulovic‘s effort on the goal line. Despite his slim frame the young defender defended well against the bullish centre forward and for me he was our best player on the day. 

Brighton & Hove Albion: Keto, A Davies, Cochrane, Sanders (c), Ostigard, O’Hora, Spong, Roberts, Radulovic (Longman 72), Cashman (Moore 88), Gwargis (Ahannach 61). Substitutes (not used): Collings, Tomlinson.

Spurs: Austin, Okedina, Hinds, Marsh, Tanganga (c), Lyons-Foster, Tracey, Oakley-Boothe, Parrott (Duncan 68), Roles, Bennett (Clarke 63). Substitutes (not used): De Bie, Walcott.

Goals: Brighton – Radulovic 20, 61.

Yellow cards: Brighton – A Davies 90+1; Spurs – Roles 45, Clarke 81.

Referee: Carl Brook.

Attendance: 201.

Venue: American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, Lancing.

Spurs under 21/23’s statistics 2018/19:

Goals scored: Jack Roles – 8

Shayon Harrison – 5

Kazaiah Sterling – 5

Paris Maghoma – 4

Jaden Brown – 2

Vincent Janssen – 2

Samuel Shashoua – 1

Marcus Edwards – 1

Dylan Duncan – 1

Phoenix Patterson – 1

Harvey White – 1

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 1

Shilow Tracey – 1

Anthony Georgiou – 1

Assists: Jack Roles – 6

Kazaiah Sterling – 3

Vincent Janssen – 3

Paris Maghoma – 2

J’Neil Bennett – 2

Jaden Brown – 2

Troy Parrott – 1

Shayon Harrison – 1

Oliver Skipp – 1

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 1

Dylan Duncan – 1

Jamie Bowden – 1

George Marsh – 1

Tariq Hinds – 1

Anthony Georgiou – 1

Shilow Tracey – 1

Clean sheets: Brandon Austin – 2

Alfie Whiteman – 1

Spurs under 23’s versus Brighton & Hove Albion: (match preview)

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.

Some thoughts on Spurs starlet Anthony Georgiou’s loan move to Spanish club Levante U.D.:

Some thoughts on Spurs starlet Anthony Georgiou’s loan move to Spanish club Levante U.D.:


Transfer deadline day was in full swing on Thursday evening when Spurs announced that our promising young winger Anthony Michael Georgiou had joined Spanish La Liga club Levante U.D. on loan until the end of the 2018/19 season. This news will have been of great interest to followers of our youth teams and development side, and of course myself as Anthony Georgiou is my favourite Spurs player as you will already have known. Although the 21 year old who has featured eight times for our development squad this season, has officially joined Levante’s first team it is to my understanding that he will in fact link up with their B team Atlético Levante. Fascinatingly the ‘ Granotas ‘ second team ply their trade in the Spanish Segunda Division B group III, the same league that fellow Spurs loanee Samuel Shashoua plays in for Atlético Baleares. However, this doesn’t mean that Anthony cannot get into Levante’s first team during his loan spell and I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see him get minutes in La Liga over the coming months. Although he will turn 22 at the end of this month this is the Cypriot internationals first ever loan. And it will provide the hardworking left winger with the invaluable experience of playing competitive men’s football in the third tier of Spanish football on a weekly basis. A league which has already proved to have been so beneficial for young Samuel Shashoua this season. Since his days as a scholar at Spurs came to an end back in 2015, the Tottenham Academy graduate has enjoyed an eventful four seasons for the clubs development side however, some of those seasons were made very difficult for Georgiou who has suffered some unfortunate injuries. After establishing himself as a regular for what was then known as the under 21 side, during the 2015/16 season where Georgiou impressed at both LB and LW. The one time Watford schoolboy who was released by the ‘ Hornets ‘ prior to joining Spurs, had a far from ideal 2016/17 season. After putting in some bright performances during the early stages of the campaign, the second year pro suffered a serious injury which ruled him out for much of that season and in total he only made six appearances for the under 23’s.

However, the resilient youngster came back stronger than ever from that particular leg injury, and after impressing Pochettino in pre season he was included in the Spurs squad that travelled to the United States for the ICC cup. And it was after one particularly promising performance in a friendly against Italian side A.S. Roma, which seemed to open the door to the first team for the Lewisham born winger. And it was the 2017/18 campaign which was really a breakthrough season for the tireless wide man. Georgiou made his first team debut for Spurs in a UEFA Champions League game against APOEL Nicosia in his native Cyprus, he also featured on the bench for the first team on a couple of other occasions. The speedy and direct winger also ended the season as a full international for Cyprus after winning two caps in international friendlies against both Montenegro and Jordan respectively. After putting in a series of impressive performances for our first team in this campaigns pre season tour of the United States, the 21 year old ended up starting our under 23’s first two PL2 games of this season. And it was after he put in a heroic performance up at Anfield against Liverpool in August, at left wing back, that I assumed he would end up going out on loan before the summer transfer window shut. However, Anthony suffered another injury set back shortly after that Liverpool match and it ruled him out of action until mid December. Since returning from injury Georgiou has put in a string of excellent performances for Wayne Burnett’s development side, at both left back and as an out and out winger. The amount of effort that Georgiou has put into every single one of the PL2 matches that he has played in since his return from injury, has been astonishing. He tore the Liverpool defence to shreds with his skill and speed in a game last month, before going onto cause the likes of Norwich, West Ham and ironically Athletic Bilbao B major problems. However, the Cyprus international from a defensive point of view has also been top class. With his tireless tracking back and willingness to help out and to provide cover for whoever is playing at left back. From my in-depth match reports you’ll have seen just how much I have praised Georgiou for the well roundness of his performances, but none of that is new.

Upon hearing the news of Anthony’s loan move to Valencia based La Liga club Levante, I was absolutely delighted for him. In my opinion as somebody who has watched a great deal of the Spanish third division this season because of Samuel Shashoua, I think that playing in such a competitive environment is something which will be so beneficial to Georgiou, even if that is for a B team or reserve team. This league is a very feisty one and while the players do play a different brand of football to what Georgiou will have been used to at Spurs, this whole new environment will provide him with that experience of playing against mens teams on a week to week basis. The third tier of Spanish football has its fair share of amateur dramatics and off the ball drama, but 90% of the teams that I have seen so far this season play positive and attacking football. This is something which will suit Anthony’s direct and purposeful runs down the left flank, and it should result in him getting a fair few assists and goals throughout the remainder of the season. I have been doing a fair bit of research on the ‘ Granotas ‘ second team Atlético Levante since Anthony’s loan move was announced. As previously mentioned Levante’s B team ply their trade in the same league as fellow Spurs loanee Samuel Shashoua does, the Spanish Segunda Division B group III. However, the Valencia based club actually play their matches in a town called Buñol some 40 km to the west of Valencia at the Ciudad Deportiva de Buñol. I believe that the stadium is a part of Levante’s training ground. If my research is correct the side usually lineup in a 4-2-3-1 formation and the good news for young Anthony Georgiou is that they only have one other left winger on their books, in 23 year old Spaniard Manuel Viana. Luis Tevenet’s side currently sit in 12th place in the league table and they are only three points away from the relegation zone. I really do believe that Georgiou will thrive for the ‘ Granotas ‘ during this loan spell there, and there are a number of reasons why I think this. One big reason is his adaptability to games, but there are so many other qualities that the former Watford schoolboy has which will help Levante out over the coming months.

Over the last month Georgiou has looked really sharp for our development side, and it has been his blistering speed and driving runs down the flank which throughout his time in the youth ranks, has always managed to unsettle teams and cause issues for the oppositions defence. His speed, skill and close ball control have always made him a very dangerous attacker but the ridiculously hard working winger will offer Levante so much more. He is a very intelligent and traditional winger who times his runs well and is good at creating space out on the left flank. The accuracy and pace of his crosses is also something which will come in useful for Luis Tevenet’s side, as will his willingness to track back after him and help out the defence. These are just some of the talented wingers qualities which will only improve when he gets the opportunity to play on a regular basis for Levante’s B team, and hopefully their first team before the end of the season. I have a really good feeling about this loan move for Anthony and I’m optimistic that it will really help his development as a young and ever maturing winger. I have sung Georgiou’s praises for many seasons now and as I have previously explained he reminds me so much of Ireland international James McClean in regards to his movement, graft and unrivalled work rate. Anthony is an exceptionally hardworking player who has bounced back stronger, time and time again from injury. He is the perfect Pochettino player in so many ways and I still strongly believe that he will be the long term successor to Danny Rose at left back, at some point in the future. In the meantime the 21 year old will be hoping to get plenty of game time out in Spain to help him push back into the first team fold when he comes back to Spurs for the beginning of the 2019/20 season. I will be posting regular updates on my Twitter account about Anthony’s involvement with Atlético Levante over the coming months, I will also be writing regular reports from his games in the third tier of Spanish football. The Cyprus international is a model professional and a very talented young winger who has already shown his old club Watford what a big mistake they made when they let him go as a schoolboy. Anthony is an absolute credit to Tottenham Hotspur and I would like to wish him a very successful loan spell in Spain. I think it should also be mentioned that this a very brave move for Anthony to make. To go to a different country with a completely different footballing culture is something which should be greatly admired. I am hoping to make the Atlético Levante game against Samuel Shashoua’s Atletico Baleares in April.

Anthony Georgiou for our development side this season:

Appearances: 8

Goals: 1

Assists: 1