Some notes on Spurs Under 23 player Max Robson’s return to competitive action for Spurs at Academy level:

Attacking midfielder Max Robson was probably the best and most consistent player in my opinion, for the Spurs Under 18 side during the 2019/20 season, while still in his first season of scholarship at the club. The Haywards Heath born player scored five goals and provided six assists, from 20 competitive appearances for Spurs at Under 18 level. Robson, who was brought up in Burgess Hill, and who attended Birchwood High School, also made three additional appearances (scoring once) for the Spurs Under 19 side in the UEFA Youth League, during 2019/20. The player who can also play up-front as a false-nine, or in central-midfield and out wide, is a player who loves to take players on for skill. Always looking to play the ball forward and be creative in possession, Robson’s off the ball pressing and overall work is consistently very good. During his second year of scholarship, Max presumably was out injured for quite a while. Having to wait until the November of 2020 to make his first competitive appearance of the season for the Spurs Under 18 side, in a Premier League South game against Southampton. Robson made just seven more competitive Under 18 appearances during the remainder of 2020/21, plus an additional appearance for the Under 23 side (his debut). However, he did score one goal and provide two assists, from those games that he played.

Now in his first year as a professional with the club, Robson made some appearances for the Spurs Under 23 side during the pre-season of this season. However, he had to wait until last night, before making his first competitive appearance of the season for Wayne Burnett’s Under 23 side – as he came off the bench to replace Yago Santiago in the 76th minute of the game. A versatile but very talented and determined player on the pitch, Robson is fearless on the ball, but it’s his ability to get into really good pockets of space, which makes him so potent inside the penalty area. He also has very good reactions and can dribble with the ball at a good pace, as well. Max came quite close to scoring with a headed effort at the near post of the Everton goal, after meeting Romaine Mundle’s cross in the Under 23 game on Monday. Although he wasn’t on the pitch for long against Everton, I thought that he looked good and was always looking to try and influence the game. The 19 year old will be hoping to make his first start of the season for the Under 23 side, in the near future. And if there are some outgoing loans from the Under 23 side before the end of the month, then Robson could hopefully get more opportunities in the side.

I’m a big fan of the CAM, and while he clearly has a tremendous work ethic on the pitch, his quality with the ball is excellent, and he’s a real joy to watch on the pitch. Hopefully Max will get a good run of games for the Under 23 side during the remainder of the season, and I wish him all the very best of luck for the rest of the season.

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