(This photograph is from Tottenham Hotspur FC)
Our development side last played a proper game of football at a stadium back in March however, more than five months later they will return to playing when they take on Leyton Orient in a friendly match on Wednesday evening (kick off is at 7 pm). Scheduled to be played at Leyton Orient’s Breyer Group Stadium, the game will be known as the JE3 Cup in memory of former Spurs player and Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh who sadly passed away last year. This JE3 cup match against a senior League Two side will provided Wayne Burnett’s side with a much needed competitive game of football having only returned to group training fairly recently. Burnett’s side could be a fairly experienced for this game, with Jack Roles, Anthony Georgiou, Shilow Tracey, George Marsh and Kazaiah Sterling all pictured training with the development side last week after being out on loan last season. Leyton Orient have warmed up for Wednesday’s game by defeating Reading’s under 23 side 2-0 on Saturday. Some of the ’ O’s ’ players to look out for include experienced 38 year old left winger Jobi McAnuff, centre forwards Lee Angol (ex Spurs) and Ruel Sotiriou, central midfielder Josh Wright and highly rated centre back Dan Happe. This will be a tough first test of pre-season for Burnett’s side however, the young Spurs lads will be excited to return to the pitch after so long out. This should be a competitive game despite it being a friendly as this could be an experienced side that Wayne Burnett fields. Also all of our development side players will be hoping to impress and catch the eye of the Tottenham coaches, with Spurs’ first team playing Ipswich Town in a friendly at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this Saturday. Obviously the game is being played behind closed doors with no media being let in however, I will be doing a report of the game as Leyton Orient will be streaming the game on their official You Tube channel which is great!
In other news our under 18’s were beaten 4-2 by Oxford United in a friendly at Hotspur Way on Tuesday. Max Robson and Romaine Mundle got our goals.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) De Bie, Marsh (c), Lyons-Foster, Skinner, Okedina, Bowden, Thorpe, Tracey, Roles, Markanday, Sterling.
Subs from: Oluwayemi, Muir, Cesay, Devine, Bennett, Pochettino, Richards, Etete.
Doubtful: Malachi Fagan-Walcott.
Previous meeting: N/A.
My score prediction: 2-2
My one to watch: Experienced left winger/midfielder Jobi McAnuff could be a danger man for Spurs down that left hand side. Especially if McAnuff is looking to whip crosses into the Tottenham penalty area. His experience could be key to winning Leyton Orient the game.