Technically gifted midfielder Rafferty Pedder has left Spurs, after it was mutually agreed to end his contract. He has since joined Queens Park Rangers, and will be hoping to establish himself as a regular for their Development side, during the remainder of this season. The Maidstone born footballer who joined Spurs early on in his footballing journey, had missed a lot of football prior to signing full-time with Spurs in the summer of 2018. However, after having to wait for a while to make his competitive debut for the Spurs Under 18 side, during the following 2019/20 season Rafferty became a key player for then head-coach Matt Taylor, and would finish the season with more appearances than anyone else in the side. Rafferty was consistent during that season, and the skilful and direct midfield player (capable of playing in central midfield or as a CAM) really showed his quality on the ball. Agile, very hardworking and with really good vision for a pass, the 19 year old is a real joy to watch play football. He is always looking to play the ball forward, loves to run forward at pace with the ball and is also a great athlete.
Regardless of whether he is playing as a CAM or as a central midfielder, Rafferty links the play really well and he is a very intelligent midfield player. Excellent performances against Norwich City and Southampton in the Premier League South during the 2019/20 season, really standout from looking back at all of the games that I saw him play for Spurs at all levels. However, Rafferty has always been a very consistent player, since I started watching him at Spurs. And he is the kind of player who gets fans off their seats, as he is just to purposeful with the ball. Rafferty made 13 competitive appearances for Spurs’ Development side, since the start of last season, providing two assists from those appearances. His last competitive appearance for Spurs’ Under 23 side was in a Premier League 2 game against Blackburn Rovers, in September of last year. I’ve really enjoyed seeing Rafferty play for Spurs, since joining full-time in 2018, and I will closely follow his progress at his new club. I would like to wish him all the very best for the future. Farewell and good luck, Rafferty.