Spurs Under 23’s versus Leeds United: (match preview)

After putting in a very good performance in their first Premier League 2 game of the season against Chelsea last Monday, Spurs have a very tough test in their second Premier League 2 game of the season this Monday afternoon (the game starts at 16:00pm). The opponents are newly promoted Leeds United, a side who were outstanding in Division Two last season, and the match will take place at their Thorp Arch training ground. Leeds finished last season as champions of Division Two, finishing 11 points clear of second place Crystal Palace, a side who they actually beat 3-1 in the opening game of this season. Whenever I’ve seen Leeds play at this level they have always played the whole game at a great intensity, just like how their first team play. They are a very talented team and I wouldn’t at all be surprised if they were to challenge for the league title this season. Some of the players that Spurs will have to watch out for on Monday include attacking midfielder Sean McGurk, centre forward Joe Geldhart, central midfielder Lewis Bate, defensive-midfielder Nohan Kenneh and forward Sam Greenwood. McGurk is a very inventive forward player, while Geldhart is a strong and clinical centre-forward who has experience of playing in the EFL. Ex-Chelsea midfielder Lewis Bate is a player with good vision and passing ability and Nohan Kenneh is a very talented defensive player. Finally ex-Arsenal player Sam Greenwood is a skilful player who recorded a good number of goals last season. 

This will no doubt be a tough game for Spurs, but they are still more than capable of being able to record a good result, especially if they play in a similar way to how they played against Chelsea the previous Monday. With Spurs’ first team playing Portuguese side FC Paços de Ferreira on Thursday in the second leg of their Europa Conference League play-off tie, I would personally imagine that Spurs will involve more senior players in the squad for that game. If that is the case then a number of the Academy players who made the squad for the first leg game in Portugal would probably be in the Under 23 squad for the Leeds game on Monday. Unfortunately I won’t be at Thorp Arch tomorrow as Leeds are not letting me in to report on the game. However, I would like to wish the Spurs team all the very best of luck for what should be a great and very competitive game of football.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Lyons-Foster (c), Muir, Fagan-Walcott, Lavinier, White, Michael Craig, John, Devine, Bennett, Markanday.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Matthew Craig, Pedder, Santiago, Mundle.

Injured/unavailable: Jamie Donley (suspended).

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: 3-3.

My one to watch: Sean McGurk (18). A player who first really impressed me in an FA Youth Cup game for Wigan Athletic against Spurs back in 2020, attacking midfielder (he can also play out wide) Sean McGurk is a very inventive forward player with great balance and skill on the ball, but most importantly of all a real eye for goal. He actually came off the bench against Crystal Palace to score in Leeds United’s opening game of the season.

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