Spurs under 18’s versus Liverpool: (match preview)
Our under 18’s are preparing to face Liverpool on Monday night in Stevenage, in the third round of this seasons FA Youth Cup. Matt Taylor’s side will be hoping to make their mark on this prestigious old competition, and there’s no better way than doing that than beating the holders of the competition Liverpool. Spurs who are currently in mid table in the premier league south face a Liverpool side who occupy second spot in the premier league north. Barry Lewtas’ side boast a wealth of talent, of which includes (providing that the ‘ Reds ‘ field their strongest team) Dutch defenders Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp Van Den Berg, skilful winger Harvey Elliott and goal scoring midfielder Jake Cain. This Liverpool side is seriously talented but then again so is Spurs’ team.
The big question will be whether or not the highly rated Troy Parrott will step down to represent the under 18’s for this important game on Monday night. Parrott has only featured on one occasion for Spurs’ under 23’s so far this season, and four times for the clubs under 19’s. However, his presence in the side tomorrow would be a huge boost for Matt Taylor’s side. This is one of the biggest games of many of these players careers, and it is one that they will be looking to make a statement in. The young Spurs players of today only have to look to the class of 1969, 1974 and 1990 for inspiration. This is a game that I believe that Spurs can win and I would like to wish the lads all the very best of luck.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Lusala, Fagan-Walcott, Binks (c), Cirkin, White, Robson, Bennett, Pedder, Cooper, Parrott.
Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Muir, Cesay, Santiago, Whittaker.
Injured/unavailable: Michael Craig.
Doubtful: Matthew Craig, Enock Asante, Kion Etete, Nile John, Dane Scarlett.
Previous meeting: Spurs 4-0.
My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.
My one to watch: The ‘ Reds ‘ 16 year old left winger Harvey Elliott. The England under 17 international who already has experience playing with Liverpool’s senior team, is a player with huge potential. Elliott is a highly skilful winger who has been a regular for Liverpool’s development side this season. Furthermore, the Spurs defence will have to be wary of the first year scholar as the former Fulham man could cause major problems for Matt Taylor’s side down our right hand side with his skill and pace.