Where are they now? (The Spurs Academy players who left the club at the end of the 2020/21 season):

At the end of last season there were 11 Spurs Academy players who left the club, after their contracts came to an end. There were also other Spurs Academy players who have left the club since last season came to an end, such as Dennis Cirkin and Jubril Okedina. However, in this short informative piece I will be writing a short update on each of the eleven former Spurs Academy players who left the club at the end of the 2020/21 season. I continue to wish them all the very best of luck for the future.

Enock Asante: The talented 20 year old centre-forward is currently a freshman at the University of Texas Rio Grande, where he plays football for UTRGV Vaqueros, who he joined in July of this year. A good finisher inside the penalty area, Enock last made the squad for Spurs’ Under 23 side back in the February of 2021, when he was an unused substitute in a Premier League 2 match against Blackburn Rovers. Unfortunately Asante often had quite a lot of injuries while at Spurs, meaning that he didn’t get to feature a lot for either the Under 18 or 23 sides, since joining the club full-time in the summer of 2018. He did however, have a very impressive goalscoring record prior to joining Spurs full-time. During the 2021 season for UTRGV Vaqueros, Enock has made ten appearances, scoring one goal.

Eddie Carrington: A skilful winger, who also has a good amount of pace – Eddie Carrington normally operated out on the right flank for Spurs, at Academy level. However, he also featured at right-back on occasions. The 19 year old didn’t feature a lot for Spurs’ Under 18 side during his two seasons full-time at the club, and in his final season (2020/21) the player who was previously with Brentford, prior to joining Spurs, made six competitive appearances for the Under 18 side. Carrington left Spurs after his contract with the club came to an end last summer. Since then he has signed for Isthmian Premier Division side Leatherhead, who he is currently playing for. The winger has scored one goal so far this season for Leatherhead, who are currently in bottom place in the league. However, Eddie unfortunately got injured in Leatherhead’s last competitive game, which was against Bowers & Pitsea.

Chay Cooper: After doing really well in his second season as a scholar at Spurs (2019/20) highly skilful and creative winger/CAM Chay Cooper featured in some pre-season friendlies for Spurs’ Development side at the beginning of last season. However, the Harlow born former Southend United youth player didn’t make any competitive appearances for Spurs at any levels during 2020/21. Cooper trialled for League Two club Colchester United during this pre-season, and did well enough to earn a contract with the Essex based club. Chay has done well so far during the competitive season for Colchester, scoring two goals for their Under 23 side to date, and also making four first team appearance for them. The 20 year old got an assist on his competitive first team debut for Colchester, in a Papa John’s Trophy group game against West Ham United’s Under 21 side, earlier in the season. Chay is a player who I believe has a very bright future in the game. His skill on the ball and ability to go past players is superb.

Keenan Ferguson: Right-back Keenan Ferguson impressed (while trialling for Spurs) during the inaugural JE3 Cup game back in the summer of 2020, when a Spurs Development side took on Leyton Orient. Ferguson had previously been with Sheffield United, and he signed for Spurs soon after that game. He started the first two Premier League 2 games for Spurs’ Under 23 side at the beginning of the 2020/21 season, but soon after that second game Ferguson picked up an injury and didn’t feature again for Spurs at any levels that season. He left Spurs when his contract came to an end last summer, and soon signed for National League North side Boston United. The 21 year old seems to be doing well for Boston, who are currently in seventh place in the National League North. Ferguson has made 16 league appearances for them so far this season.

George Marsh: A defensive minded midfield player who is a real leader on a football pitch. 23 year old professional footballer George Marsh progressed up the youth ranks at Spurs, during his time at the club and he would go onto become the captain of the Under 23 side, while also making one competitive appearance for the Spurs first team. Marsh had previous Football League experience with Leyton Orient, who he was on loan at during the 2019/20 season, but he stayed at Spurs last season, and he was a regular for the Under 23 side. After leaving Spurs in the summer he joined League One side AFC Wimbledon, and so far the midfielder has made 12 competitive appearances for them in all competitions. Hopefully Marsh will play a lot more games for Wimbledon during the second half of this season.

Rodel Richards: The 21 year old forward, who can play up-front, out-wide or in midfield, is unfortunately still without a club following his contract coming to an end  at Spurs, last summer. Rodel made nine competitive appearances (scoring three goals) for Spurs’ Under 23 side during the 2020/21 season, a season which was disrupted by injury.

Jack Roles: At Spurs for a good number of years, since joining the club as a youth player many years ago. Goalscoring midfielder Jack Roles rose up the Academy ranks at Spurs, would go on to feature for the first team in pre-season and also had a very impressive goalscoring record for a midfielder at Academy level. A former Cyprus Under 21 international, Roles went out on three separate loans during his time at Spurs, with his loan to Cambridge United during 2019/20 being his most successful one. Jack’s movement off the ball is some of the best from a midfielder that I’ve ever seen at Academy level, but he is also a high skilful player as well. Roles joined Crystal Palace earlier this season, following his release from Spurs. He has so far made eight competitive appearances for their development side, scoring one goal. 

Aaron Skinner: A tough tackling centre-half/defensive-midfielder who had previously played for Bury and Bolton Wanderers at youth level. Aaron Skinner joined Spurs’ Academy in the autumn of 2019 and would go on to become a regular for the Spurs Under 18 side during the remainder of that season. The Salford born footballer made two competitive appearances from the bench for the Spurs Under 23 side during 2020/21, plus an additional two for Sunderland’s Under 23 side, when he was on trial with them during part of that season. Skinner joined Northern Premier League Premier Division side Bamber Bridge, during the current season. He has been regularly making match-day squads for them since joining, and he started their most recent league game against Lancaster City. The 19 year old is a current teammate of former Spurs Academy graduate and first team player – Mark Yeates, at Bamber Bridge.

Kazaiah Sterling: A Spurs player for a number of years, having joined them from Leyton Orient as a schoolboy youth player. Centre-forward Kazaiah Sterling would go on to make two competitive first team appearances for Spurs’ first team during his time at the club. A regular scorer at both Under 18 and Under 23 level, Sterling went out on several loans (including to Doncaster Rovers and Sunderland), but I often felt that he was very unlucky with injuries. Kazaiah left Spurs last summer, but was without a club for a little while, until he joined Isthmian Premier Division side Potters Bar Town. Sterling last made a match-day squad on the 12th December, when Potters Bar played Eddie Carrington’s Leatherhead. I am sure that Kazaiah will soon rise up through the leagues in the very near future. He currently has three league goals for Potters Bar Town, so far this season.

Shilow Tracey: Winger Shilow Tracey (23) was signed from non-League side Ebbsfleet United, during the 2015/16 season. He was for many seasons a mainstay in the Spurs Under 23 side. A winger with a real eye for goal, Shilow went out on his first loan to Macclesfield in the 2019/20 season, and then during the following season he went out on loans to Shrewsbury and Cambridge United. After leaving Spurs after his contract came to an end last summer, Shilow rejoined Cambridge United on a permanent basis. He has scored three goals and provided one assist from 22 appearances in all competitions for Cambridge United, so far this season.

Tarrelle Whittaker: Able to play as winger or as a centre-forward. Tarrelle Whittaker was the first Academy player from his age group to feature for the Spurs Under 18 side, back in the 2018/19 season. Whittaker started his two year scholarship at the club at the beginning of the following season, and he made a lot of appearances for the Spurs Under 18 side during that time. Since leaving Spurs the 19 year old joined Swansea City, where he has been a regular for their Under 23 side this season, scoring six goals so far.

Spurs Under 18’s 5-1 Ipswich Town: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side faced Ipswich Town in the third round of the FA Youth Cup, on Thursday evening, at Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium. Stuart Lewis’ Spurs side won 5-1, in what was a really good team performance, against a good Ipswich side. Luca Gunter started in goal. Brandon Bryan-Waugh, Alfie Dorrington, Charlie Sayers and Jordan Hackett, started in defence. Han Willhoft-King and Rio Kyerematen started in midfield, while Maxwell McKnight and Tyrese Hall started out on the flanks, either side of CAM and captain Alfie Devine. Jaden Williams returned to lead the line for Spurs. Ipswich got the game underway. An early but hugely important challenge from recent Spurs signing Charlie Sayers, on on the edge of the Spurs box on Ipswich player Gerrard Buabo, stopped a promising move from Ipswich. Soon afterwards Tyrese Hall whipped a good effort across the face of the Ipswich goal, from the left flank, and then in the sixth minute of the game Spurs took the lead. Maxwell McKnight crossed the ball into the Ipswich box, looking to find teammate Jaden Williams. Williams managed to get to the ball and although his first time effort was saved by goalkeeper Lewis Ridd, the ball came back to the first year scholar, and he hit the ball into the roof of the goal, 1-0.

A good run from Gerrard Buabo, into the Spurs box ended after his low effort was blocked by Charlie Sayers, who was having a good start to the game. Tawanda Chirewa hit an effort over Luca Gunter’s goal, before Albie Armin headed over an Ipswich corner-kick. Spurs doubled their lead a couple of minutes later, as a good move which saw McKnight pass the ball to Willhoft-King inside the Ipswich penalty area, ended with the midfielder passing the ball to Devine. The former Wigan Athletic player skilfully stepped past an Ipswich defender, before calmly hitting the ball low and with accuracy past Lewis Ridd, and into the back of the goal, 2-0. The last chance of the half was for Ipswich, as Jack Manly’s low effort deflected behind off of defender Alfie Dorrington. Spurs got the second half underway. Ipswich centre-forward Ashley Boatswain hit a deflected over on the turn, from the edge of the Spurs box, before some really good defending from Charlie Sayers meant that he ended up stopping Gerrard Buabo from being able to go through on goal.  

Luca Gunter made a good save from an effort inside the Spurs box, before Dorrington cleared a header from a corner-kick, off the Spurs goal line. Tawanda Chirewa hit an effort wide of the Spurs goal, and then Ipswich’s good start to the half saw them get a goal back. Luca Gunter couldn’t gather a headed effort inside the Spurs box, and then shortly afterwards Ashley Boatswain got on the ball and finished well on the turn, 2-1. Spurs responded by making a change, as Dante Cassanova replaced Rio Kyerematen in midfield. Tawanda Chirewa had a low effort saved by Gunter a couple of moments later, before Khalon Haysman replaced Tyrese Hall. Brandon Bryan-Waugh saw his deflected effort go wide of the Ipswich goal, before Spurs made another change, this time seeing Jaden Williams leave the pitch to be replaced by Jez Davies. Jordan Hackett received a yellow card as the game could have went either way. However, a good ball over the top of the Ipswich defence from Alfie Dorrington, resulted in Ipswich goalkeeper Lewis Ridd colliding with teammate Edwin Adbaje, allowing Jez Davies to receive the ball inside the Ipswich box, and allow him to just tap the ball into the empty net, 3-1.

Tawanda Chirewa whipped a good effort wide from an Ipswich free-kick, before Brandon Bryan-Waugh fouled Jesse Nwabueze inside the Spurs box, resulting in the referee pointing to the penalty spot. However, Luca Gunter made a really good save after diving to his left to stop Tawanda Chirewa’s effort from going in. Spurs made it 4-1 moments later, as Dante Cassanova played a pass into Jez Davies, inside the Ipswich box. Davies very unselfishly passed the ball across to Khalon Haysman, who had his initial effort saved by Lewis Ridd, before finding the back of the goal with his following effort. Ashley Boatswain hit an effort over from inside the Spurs box, and then Spurs made it 5-1, in what turned out to be the final chance of the game. After receiving Maxwell McKnight’s pass inside the Ipswich box, Jez Davies hit a powerful low effort into the bottom left hand corner of the Ipswich goal, 5-1. Spurs will now play West Brom in the fourth round of the competition. They won’t play another game at this level until early in the new year.

Player reviews: 

  • Luca Gunter: Making an excellent save from a penalty in the second half, Spurs goalkeeper Luca Gunter also commanded his box well, dealing well with crosses and set-pieces.
  • Brandon Bryan-Waugh: This was a good defensive performance from the right-back. The Spurs defender made some good challenges during the game, and also got forward well on occasions.
  • Alfie Dorrington: The right-sided centre-half teamed up well with Charlie Sayers in defence, made a really important headed clearance off the line in the second half, and he was good on the ball and at passing it out from the back. 
  • Charlie Sayers: My man of the match, see below.
  • Jordan Hackett: The left-back went on some surging runs down the left flank, to help Spurs go forward down that side of the pitch.
  • Han Willhoft-King: Going on some nice and skilful runs with the ball, midfielder Han Willhoft-King was reliable with the ball. He was also good off the ball in a defensive sense.
  • Rio Kyerematen: The Spurs midfielder worked well with Willhoft-King during his time on the pitch, and like Willhoft-King, Kyerematen went on some good runs forward with the ball.
  • Maxwell McKnight: This was a really good performance from the player from Colchester, who was involved in three of Spurs’ goals against Ipswich. McKnight went on some really good runs forward with the ball, made some good passes and tracked back well.
  • Alfie Devine: Taking up really good positions all over the pitch, second year scholar Alfie Devine was very good for Spurs against Ipswich. The CAM took his goal so well, but it was his excellent movement off the ball and runs forward, which really helped Spurs. Devine worked really hard to try and influence the game.
  • Tyrese Hall: Showing some good skill on the ball from out on the left flank, this was Tyrese Hall’s second ever appearance for Spurs at this level.
  • Jaden Williams: Taking his early goal well, Jaden Williams linked-up well with Alfie Devine and also pressed the Ipswich defence well, during his time on the pitch.
  • Dante Cassanova: The second half substitute was involved in Spurs’ fourth goal of the game, after going into midfield.
  • Khalon Haysman: The second half substitute played out on the left flank, and he got a late and important goal against Ipswich. 
  • Jez Davies: The substitute made an excellent impression on the game, after replacing centre-forward Jaden Williams. Davies got two goals and an assist, in what was a very good performance from the second year scholar.

My man of the match: Charlie Sayers. The Spurs defender had in my opinion a very solid game in central-defence. The former Southend United player made two really important defensive interventions during the first half, and the second year scholar also worked really well with Alfie Dorrington. Sayers was assured in defence and kept very good positioning throughout the game.

Spurs Under 18’s versus Ipswich Town: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side face Ipswich Town in the third round of the prestigious FA Youth Cup, on Thursday (the game starts at 19:00pm) at Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium. Stuart Lewis’ Spurs side face a difficult opening game in the competition, with Ipswich likely to be difficult to win against. Spurs have not won a competitive game of football at this level in any of their last four matches. Meanwhile Ipswich Town, are in second place in the Professional Development League and are doing well this season. This will be a very interesting game of football, in this famous competition. I will be reporting on the game, and I would like to wish the Spurs side all the very best of luck for the match. Here’s hoping that Spurs will go far in the competition this season.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Gunter, Bryan-Waugh, Dorrington, Sayers (c), Hackett, Willhoft-King, Davies, McKnight, Haysman, Torraj, Bloxham.

Subs from: Hayton, Andiyapan, Linton, Abbott, Owen, Hall, Irow.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Ipswich Town centre-forward Tyrese Osbourne.

Spurs Under 18’s 0-3 Leicester City: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side faced Leicester City at Hotspur Way on Saturday in their latest Premier League South game. Spurs lost the game 3-0, with Leicester creating more chances than the home side on the day. Luca Gunter started in goal for Spurs, while a back four consisting of Brandon Bryan-Waugh, Alfie Dorrington, Charlie Sayers and Jordan Hackett, started in-front of him. Han Willhoft-King and captain Alfie Devine started in midfield, as Maxwell McKnight and Amo-Ameyaw started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Tyrese Hall. Thomas Bloxham led the line for Spurs. Leicester got the game started, and they started the match well. Defender Alfie Dorrington had to make an important block early on, to stop Joe Wormleighton’s effort from testing Luca Gunter inside the Spurs penalty area. Soon afterwards Chris Popov hit a low effort wide of the Spurs goal, after he received a pass from Will Alves inside the Spurs box. At the other end of the pitch Alfie Devine saw his deflected effort from distance go just wide of the Leicester goal. A couple of minutes later Devine set-up Sam Amo-Ameyaw with a good pass. Amo-Ameyaw took the ball into the Leicester box and tried to go past their goalkeeper Kelechi Chibueze, but the Leicester goalkeeper managed to gather the ball. 

A good run from Chris Popov down the left side of the Spurs box resulted in him having an effort saved by Gunter. Then at the other end of the pitch, Tyrese Hall turned inside the Leicester penalty area, before having an effort saved by Kelechi Chibueze. Dorrington headed narrowly wide from a free-kick from Thomas Bloxham, and then Maxwell McKnight hit a cross into the Leicester box, which went just wide of the goal. Leicester came very close to taking the lead just before half-time, after Chris Popov entered the Spurs box, before Alfie Dorrington made a superb sliding challenge to stop him from scoring. Then the ball came to Brandon Cover, whose effort was really well saved by Gunter, in what was the final chance of the first half. Oliver Irow replaced Alfie Devine for the start of the second half, which Spurs got underway. Brandon Cover hit an effort wide from the edge of the Spurs box, before a good pass from Jordan Hackett to Oliver Irow inside the Leicester box, resulted in the debutant having a low effort saved by the Leicester goalkeeper. After cutting inside onto his left foot from the right flank, Chris Popov had a good effort saved and later gathered by Luca Gunter. 

A couple of moments after Leicester’s last chance, Chris Popov went down the right hand side of the Spurs box, before having an effort on goal saved well by Gunter. The ball then fell nicely for Will Alves, but Gunter once again made a really fine save to stop him from scoring. However, in the 56th minute of the game Leicester took the lead. Jack Butterfill’s cross wasn’t gathered by Luca Gunter, and the ball came to Chris Popov inside the centre of the Spurs box, and he was able to hit the ball past Gunter and into the back of the goal, 0-1. Soon after the game got started again Popov won the ball of Dorrington in a good position, he then went on a really good run forward, before eventually hitting an effort just wide of the Spurs goal. Brandon Bryan-Waugh had a deflected effort following a corner-kick, go just wide of the Leicester goal, before Renaldo Torraj came on to replace Sam Amo-Ameyaw. Chris Popov whipped home a great effort from a free-kick on the edge of the Spurs box moments later into the top right hand corner of the Spurs goal, 0-2. Then less than six minutes later Chris Popov got his hat-trick to extend Leicester’s lead further. A clinical move on the break from the away side resulted in Chris Popov receiving Henry Cartwright’s pass as he continued forward. Popov eventually took the ball inside the Spurs box, before finishing with a low effort past Gunter, 0-3.

Jahziah Linton replaced Jordan Hackett at left-back, before debutant Tyrese Hall won a free-kick right on the edge of the Leicester box, from which he tested Kelechi Chibueze with a low effort. Leicester substitute Abdullah Javid went on a good run with the ball, late on in the game, before having his effort blocked superbly well by a sliding challenge from Brandon Bryan-Waugh inside the Spurs box. It was to be the final moment of note from the game. Spurs’ final game of this year at this level is on Thursday, when they face Ipswich Town in the third round of this seasons FA Youth Cup, at The Lamex Stadium.

Player reviews:

  • Luca Gunter: The Spurs goalkeeper made some really good saves today, to stop Leicester from winning by more than 3-0.
  • Brandon Bryan-Waugh: The right-back got up and down the right-flank really well, linked-up well with Maxwell McKnight down that side of the pitch, and was solid defensively. I thought that the first year scholar was one of Spurs’ best players today.
  • Alfie Dorrington: The right sided centre-half had a really strong first half, was on the ball a lot and made one superb defensive intervention. 
  • Charlie Sayers: The recent Spurs signing from Southend United looked assured in defence on his home debut at this level. He also made some nice passes out from defence.
  • Jordan Hackett: Going on some good runs down the left flank, left-back Jordan Hackett used the ball well.
  • Han Willhoft-King: My man of the match, see below.
  • Alfie Devine: This was the former Wigan Athletic players’ first appearance for the Under 18 side of the season, as he made his first start since returning from injury. Devine played in central-midfield, and during the first half he showed good pace and a real desire to try and influence the game. Devine came close to scoring during the first half and he created a good chance for Sam Amo-Ameyaw. Devine was replaced at half-time.
  • Maxwell McKnight: I thought that the winger helped out quite a lot defensively and linked-up well with Bryan-Waugh.
  • Tyrese Hall: Playing as the CAM on his debut at this level, Tyrese Hall managed two attempts on target during the game.
  • Sam Amo-Ameyaw: The winger had one good chance to score from during his time on the pitch, but the Leicester goalkeeper did well to gather the ball. 
  • Thomas Bloxham: Playing out of position during the first half at centre-forward, Thomas Bloxham made some good runs. He later played in central-midfield during the second half.
  • Oliver Irow: Another debutant at this level, Oliver Irow came on for the second half. He worked hard and didn’t look out of place at this level.
  • Renaldo Torraj: The second half substitute was lively and very direct out on the left flank following his introduction.
  • Jahziah Linton: The second half substitute played at left-back during the latter stages of the game, after replacing Jordan Hackett.

My man of the match: Han Willhoft-King. The schoolboy footballer was making only his third competitive appearance at this level on Saturday. Playing as the deepest of the two central-midfielders, Willhoft-King had a good and solid first half alongside Alfie Devine, and then during the second half he improved further. In the second half the midfielder got on the ball more and there were two occasions where he went on some really good and skilful forward runs from midfield. Willhoft-King worked really hard and covered a lot of ground. He had a good game for Spurs, today.

Spurs Under 18’s versus Leicester City: (match preview)

Stuart Lewis’ Spurs Under 18 side host Leicester City at Hotspur Way on Saturday morning (the game starts at 11:30am), in a Premier League South game. Spurs lost 3-0 to Crystal Palace in their last league game, last Saturday, while Leicester won 7-0 against Norwich City. This will be a difficult game for Spurs, as Leicester are in third place in the league, with 22 points from ten games, and they are also in good form of late. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for their final league match of 2021, and my match report of the game will be out later on, on Saturday.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Gunter, Bryan-Waugh, Dorrington, Sayers (c), Andiyapan, Heaps, Kyerematen, McKnight, Amo-Ameyaw, Owen, Williams.

Subs from: Hayton, Linton, Torraj, Willhoft-King, Bloxham.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 1-3.

My score prediction: 2-2.

My one to watch: Kian Pennant. The Leicester City player has scored eight league goals and provided four assists from ten Premier League South games this season.

Spurs Under 23’s 3-0 Manchester City: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side faced Manchester City in the Premier League 2 at Hotspur Way on Saturday afternoon. Wayne Burnett’s side won the game 3-0, in what was an excellent team performance from Spurs, as they managed the game really well on the day. Thimothée Lo-Tutala started once again in goal, while a back four of Marcel Lavinier, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Tobi Omole and Kallum Cesay started in defence. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and captain Harvey White started in central midfield, and Romaine Mundle and Dilan Markanday started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Nile John. Jack Clarke led the line for Spurs once again. A Manchester City side which included Cole Palmer, got the game underway in Enfield. Despite the visitors controlling possession during the early stages of the game, Spurs managed to take the lead on nine minutes, through Jack Clarke. A nice threaded pass from Nile John, through to Clarke, resulted in the Spurs forward going forward with the ball, to the edge of the Manchester City penalty area. After showing some good skill Clarke hit a powerful low effort which went past Manchester City goalkeeper Cieran Slicker, and into the back of the goal, 1-0. After Kwaku Oduroh blocked Dilan Markanday’s effort inside the Manchester City box, Markanday managed to win the ball back before trying his luck on goal. However, his effort deflected off of CJ Egan-Riley and onto the crossbar.

Harvey White curled over a free-kick from distance, before at the other end of the pitch defender Malachi Fagan-Walcott made a great and important challenge on Shea Charles, inside the Spurs box. Manchester City continued to see more of the ball than Spurs, but it was Wayne Burnett’s side who were creating the better chances. A through-ball to Dilan Markanday resulted in him taking the ball past the outrushing goalkeeper Cieran Slicker, before skilfully working his way into the Manchester City box. However, after eventually trying an effort on goal it was blocked by a defender. Lo-Tutala saved well from James McAtee’s effort from inside the Spurs box, and then Spurs doubled their lead in the 38th minute of the game. After receiving Dilan Markanday’s pass on the edge of the Manchester City penalty area, Nile John got the ball out of his feet well, before powerfully hitting an unstoppable effort past Cieran Slicker and into the left corner of the goal, 2-0. Thimothée Lo-Tutala made a really important save to get a hand on the ball to stop Kayky from scoring just before half-time. Spurs got the second half underway, and early on in the half Brooklyn Lyons-Foster had a headed effort saved from inside the Manchester City box, after meeting Harvey White’s cross, before being shown a yellow card moments later.

Josh Wilson-Esbrand had a deflected effort go over Lo-Tutala’s goal, before Cole Palmer hit an effort wide. After meeting Harvey White’s free-kick inside the Manchester City box, Malachi Fagan-Walcott had a headed effort saved, before the away side managed to get the ball clear. Dilan Markanday received a yellow card, before a great move from Manchester City resulted in Cole Palmer hitting an effort over from inside the Spurs box. After Markanday had an effort blocked by Romeo Lavia, the ball came to Nile John just outside the Manchester City box, and the Spurs midfielder whipped a delightful effort into the top right hand corner of Cieran Slicker’s goal, 3-0. Marcel Lavinier received a yellow card shortly after the game got back underway, and he was replaced by Matthew Craig soon afterwards. Also being replaced was Romaine Mundle, as Alfie Devine came on as he made his return. Jack Clarke became the latest Spurs player to receive a yellow card, before Kayky hit a deflected effort over the Spurs goal. Nile John received a yellow card, and then Yago Santiago came on to replace defender Tobi Omole. James McAtee hit an effort over the Spurs goal, while Jack Clarke hit an effort wide at the opposite end of the pitch, a couple of minutes later. James McAtee curled an effort wide, before Harvey White received a very late yellow card, as Spurs went on to record a great 3-0 win over the reigning champions of the division.

Spurs’ next competitive game at this level is away to Arsenal on the 17th of December.

Player reviews: 

  • Thimothée Lo-Tutala: The Spurs goalkeeper made two really good and important saves during the game, and he also organised the defence really well throughout the game, constantly communicating with them.
  • Marcel Lavinier: The right-back had a lot of defensive work to down his side of the pitch, as Manchester City focused a lot on playing down that side of the pitch.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: This was an excellent performance from the 19 year old on the right side of central-defence. Malachi made some important challenges and was always first to the ball throughout the game.
  • Tobi Omole: My man of the match, see below.
  • Kallum Cesay: The left-back defended well down the left side of the pitch, and he helped to stop Manchester City from having much joy down that side of the pitch.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Teaming up really well again with Harvey White in midfield, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster demonstrated once again his fine reading of  the game, and he made some important interceptions during the game, and he used the ball well. Lyons-Foster dropped back to play in central-defence, after Tobi Omole was substituted late on in the game.
  • Harvey White: The Spurs captain made a lot of very important interceptions today, and defensively he was very, very good in midfield. The midfielder read the game well and patrolled the midfield to great effect. He also led by example throughout the match.
  • Romaine Mundle: Playing on the right flank the winger kept the ball well, but also did some good defensive work as well.
  • Nile John: This was a superb performance from the Spurs CAM Nile John, and I thought that he was alongside Tobi Omole and Malachi Fagan-Walcott, one of our best players. Great on the ball and going on some good forward runs with it, John took both of his goals so well, and he got an assist too. 
  • Dilan Markanday: The skilful winger started the match out on the left flank, and he showed his excellent ability to dribble with the ball on numerous occasions. The player who got a first half assist, had a particularly strong first half in my opinion.
  • Jack Clarke: The centre-forward for the game took his early goal very well, and the former Leeds United man was strong and skilful on the ball throughout.
  • Alfie Devine: The second half substitute half made his return to playing again after being out for a while, and it was great to see the talented midfielder back again.
  • Matthew Craig: The second half substitute went to right-back following his introduction.
  • Yago Santiago: The late substitute went into midfield following his introduction to the game.

My man of the match: Tobi Omole. The 21 year old centre-half had a very assured game on the left side of central-defence, and the former Arsenal player dealt really well with everything that he faced, alongside Malachi Fagan-Walcott in defence. Omole read the game well, was good on the ball and with his distribution and also made some timely challenges and interceptions.

Spurs Under 18’s versus Crystal Palace: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side will be looking to return to winning ways when they travel south of the river to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League South, on Saturday morning (the game starts at 11:00am). Spurs have lost their last two competitive games at this level, and they lost 4-0 away to Fulham in the Premier League Cup last Saturday. Tomorrow’s game at Crystal Palace’s training ground will be another difficult one, as Crystal Palace finished as runners up in the Premier League South last season, although Spurs did win 5-1 away to them in the league during that season. This will be an interesting game, but unfortunately I will be unable to watch it, as I’ll be at Hotspur Way watching the Under 23 side face Manchester City. I would however, like to wish Stuart Lewis’ side all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Gunter, Bryan-Waugh, Dorrington, Sayers, Hackett, Cassanova (c), Kyerematen, McKnight, Davies, Torraj, Williams.

Subs from: Hayton, Linton, Haysman, Heaps, Bloxham.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 0-3. 

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Victor Akinwale. The England Under 18 international has scored ten league goals and provided one assist for Crystal Palace’s Under 18 side so far this season, from nine appearances.

Spurs Under 23’s versus Manchester City: (match preview)

On Saturday (the game starts at 12:00pm) Spurs host the reigning Premier League 2 Division One champions – Manchester City, at Hotspur Way, in their latest Premier League 2 game. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side go into this game in good form, having won four of their last five league games, while Manchester City have only won one of their last five league games, and are now one place behind Spurs in the table, in fourth place. Spurs won 3-1 away to Manchester City in the league back in October, and they’ll be hoping to keep up their fine run of form tomorrow. Manchester City are a very good team, and with players like Cole Palmer, James McAtee and Kayky, they will be very difficult to win against. However, Cole Palmer and James McAtee made the bench for Manchester City’s first team in midweek, and with their first team playing again on Saturday, it will be interesting to see if they make the first team squad again. Spurs played very well against Everton last Friday when they won 4-0 at The Lamex Stadium, and tomorrow they’ll be looking to impress once again. I will be reporting on Saturday’s match, and would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala, Lavinier, Fagan-Walcott, Omole, Cesay, Lyons-Foster, White (c), Markanday, John, Santiago, Clarke.

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Matthew Craig, Michael Craig, Mundle, Mukendi.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Dane Scarlett.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 

My one to watch: James McAtee. If he does play against Spurs on Saturday then the 19 year old will be a player for Spurs to watch. The CAM was outstanding against Spurs at Hotspur Way, in their final competitive Under 23 game of last season, and McAtee has already scored 11 league goals and provided two assists this season. 

An appreciation piece on Spurs great and one of the clubs finest ever youth graduates and defenders – Ledley King: (with words from some former teammates and Spurs players who looked up to him):

Ledley Brenton King has to be without doubt the greatest centre-half to ever come through the Tottenham Hotspur youth system. Born in the East End of London in the October of 1980, King attended the Blessed John Roche RC School and had played for the well known youth club Senrab (Ledley also represented London Schools), prior to joining Spurs as a schoolboy footballer during the 1990’s. King played in the same age group as Peter Crouch as a youth player at Spurs, and Ledley’s great potential was very clear from early on. Also playing and impressing for England at youth level, right up until Under 21 level, King established himself as a key player for the Spurs youth team after signing trainee forms in the summer of 1997, and would go on to help a talented Spurs youth team win the prestigious Milk Cup tournament in Northern Ireland, in the late 1990s. Ledley’s rise through the youth and reserve ranks at Spurs resulted in him making his competitive debut for the club in a Premier League game against Liverpool, as a substitute at Anfield in 1999. During his time on the pitch in that game Ledley played at left-back. An outstanding reader of the game and a real footballing centre-half, Ledley was gradually introduced to the first team more and more as time went on, even playing as a defensive midfielder on occasions for them.

Although injuries seriously disrupted his career as it went on, Ledley would go on to become a real fan favourite. With his tremendous dedication to the game, quality in and out of possession and leadership skills, Ledley played a big part in helping Spurs to get better and better during the 21st century. Since establishing himself in the first team Ledley King produced many magnificent defensive displays at centre-half. Many moments will standout to Individual supporters from King’s more than 300 competitive appearances for Spurs at first team level. Such as that outstanding challenge on Arjen Robben at White Hart Lane in a league game against Chelsea in the 2000s, the many outstanding displays at centre-half over the years, and also captaining Spurs to winning the Football League Cup in 2008, at Wembley. He didn’t need to foul players as he was just such a quality defender, which is why he picked up so few cards during his career. However, sadly he had no other choice but to retire at the end of the 2011/12 season, because of injuries. In addition to his many Spurs appearances over the years, Ledley was also capped by his country, England on 21 occasions (he scored two goals for England during that time). Of course he would have won many more caps for England and made a lot more appearances for Spurs over the years, were it not for his unfortunate injuries. But it is remarkable that he went on to achieve such great things in the game despite his injury problems.

Ledley was awarded a testimonial at White Hart Lane in-front of the Spurs fans at the end of the 2011/22 season. He then took up ambassadorial duties with the club, before serving them as a first team coach during part of the 2020/21 season under then head-coach José Mourinho. King has since returned to his ambassadorial duties at the club, something which he does so very well at. A quality centre-half and also a gentleman of the game, Ledley King is a true Spurs legend, and someone who I feel very privileged to have watched play for Spurs over the years. 

Words on Ledley from Spurs youth team teammates and ex-Spurs players:

Glenn Poole: Ledley quite simply had EVERYTHING as a player and a centre half and with those qualities that he had he could easily play in the modern day game. He could pass, bring the ball out from defence, he had pace, was strong and could use both feet. So much so he used to do all his tricks with his so called weaker left foot. If it wasn’t for the much publicised injuries it would have been Ledley and one other as the centre back pairing for England for many years. With all those playing attributes most importantly he is a fantastic bloke.

David Lee: Ledley was a Rolls Royce from the first time I saw him train I could see he was special, and talking about him over the years with teammates and coaches they all felt the same, he had everything, apart from maybe he didn’t want to head the ball! Haha, I played a few games as a sweeper behind him in the Milk Cup run when we went on to win it. He was outstanding, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone get the better of him. He was so quick, strong, fantastic close control under pressure and occasionally went on a mazy dribble from defence! Not that Bobby Arber was happy about that! He was relatively quiet on the pitch but that was when he was young. He was a pleasure to play with.

Ciarán Toner: Ledley always stood out as a player who could make it to the top. He was quick, strong, could read the game and had real technical quality with both feet. He was a real asset to the team and we always knew that when he played it would be a difficult day for any opposition striker. Unfortunately he suffered with injury even in his younger years and I have no doubt he would have played much more for his country if he wasn’t so unfortunately affected with it. It was great to see how successful he would become though and well deserved for such a great talent.

Paul O’Donoghue: Ledley was a name I heard often when I first joined in the Youth Team. He was apparently just after an incredible U20 World Cup/European Championship and all the young players just knew this guy was the next best thing. Did you hear what Ledley did in training, the players said. Did you see what he done against…. Such and such. The youth coaches as well would use Ledley as an example to watch and refer to it in training. When I got older and playing with the reserves and training here and there with the first team he was a complete defender and so calm in pressurised situations. Making the difficult look easy. A peerless defender who always had time for young players and took an interest in our development. On top of that a thoroughly good person.

Danny Foster: I was in the youth / reserves at the time and was lucky enough to train with the first team / Ledley. Ledley was pure class on and off the pitch. As a CB I looked up to him with tremendous respect, for a defender he was a very good size, naturally quick, strong and powerful. He defended first, won headers, tackles, stayed on his feet. He’s defending was to the highest level. His timing, contact and positioning were excellent making him almost impossible to beat at times. In addition to his defensive side his composure and collectiveness in possession were probably one the best ever as a CB. Both footed, 1st touch, range of pass, playing out from back, driving with the ball, he had it all.  A great trait was that he always made time to talk to us young players and show support. A gentleman on and off the pitch and a true legend of club.

Andy Reid: From the moment I walked into the football club I could tell that Ledley was the one that everyone really, really looked up to. There were always different types of characters in the changing rooms, but the real leader in that dressing room was Ledley. I think that everybody knows his footballing ability and how good he was on the pitch, but what sets him apart from so many people is his qualities off the pitch. And he was always so approachable and so helpful, and he was somebody who I admired greatly, and everyone else in the changing room did as well. It doesn’t surprise me now that he is doing so well in his ambassadorial role for the club. He is somebody who is a legend at Spurs, and rightly so. For me he has all the characteristics to be a leader of the club moving forward, which I think is important as he is Spurs through and through, and you could always tell how special the relationship between him and the fans was. And also how special they held him in their hearts. It was an honour and a privilege to play with Ledley, share a changing room with him and go out on a football pitch with him. Even though it was only for a brief period of time, it was a privilege. He is a really, really special guy and  somebody who I hold in the highest regard.