It’s quite rare for two players who are brothers, to progress up the ranks at Academy level at the same club and play for them at the very highest level of Academy football. However, for three brothers (all at different times) to feature for the same club at Academy level, is very rare. In the following piece from my series following the former Spurs Academy players and where they are now, I will be looking at the three Maghoma brothers – Jacques, Christian and Paris. And I will be looking at their footballing journey so far, post Spurs. While Jacques played at Academy level before my time of watching Spurs at Academy level, I have seen quite a lot of him play in more recent years. While his younger brothers – Christian and Paris, were players who I saw a lot of for Spurs at Academy level. All three brothers are still playing the game.
Jacques Maghoma: Born in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, now 34 year old winger Jacques Maghoma progressed up the youth ranks at Spurs during the 2000s, and would progress up to the reserve side. A very skilful and reliable player, who did have injury troubles during the early parts of his footballing career, Jacques would end up featuring for the Spurs first team in some friendly matches during his time at the club. Jacques later signed for Burton Albion, after being released by Spurs at the end of the 2008/09 season. By the time that he had left Spurs, he had played a really good number of games for the Spurs reserve side. Jacques had a successful time at Burton, scoring a good number of goals, and would end up staying at the club until 2013, when he transferred to Sheffield Wednesday. He spent two seasons with Sheffield Wednesday, before leaving at the end of the 2014/15 season, after his contract came to an end. He joined Championship side Birmingham City, when Gary Rowett (previous Burton Albion manager) was the manager, and his time at Birmingham was probably the most successful of his career, so far.
A regular for Birmingham City, during the majority of his time at the club, Jacques spent five seasons with Birmingham, and he enjoyed some really good times with them (he won two club end of season awards at the end of the 2017/18 season). Direct and expressive with the ball at his feet, but always working hard without it, Maghoma became an important player for the side. He left the club from the English Midlands in the summer of 2020. He joined Indian Super League side East Bengal in the October of 2020. He scored three goals and provided one assist from 19 competitive appearances for them, during his season with the club. In the October of the following year, and after sometime without a club, Jacques joined National League South side Hemel Hempstead, during the current 2021/22 season. He has so far made six competitive appearances for them, providing one assist from those appearances. During his career so far, Jacques has also won 25 international caps for his country DR Congo, in what has been a very good footballing career so far.
Christian Maghoma: Centre-half Christian Maghoma was born in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, but brought up in north London. Christian Maghoma joined Spurs as a schoolboy footballer, was an important player for the Spurs Under 18 side that won the Southern Division, before then signing scholarship forms with the club in summer of 2014. A mainstay in the Spurs Under 18 side during the 2014/15 season, Christian stepped up to make his competitive debut for the then Under 21 side during the same season. A tall centre-half, who is excellent in the air, but strong in the challenge, Christian established himself as an important player for the Spurs Development side during the 2015/16 (he spent some time with Yeovil on loan during that season), 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, and he would captain the side on numerous occasions. He made his one appearance to date for DR Congo, in 2017, in a friendly. Christian joined Polish side Arka Gdynia at the end of the 2017/18 season, and early on in his time with them he won his first senior competitive trophy – the Superpuchar Polski. Christian made a total of 39 competitive first team appearances for Arka Gdynia.
Christian returned to England and signed for League One side Gillingham, in the summer of 2020. He has so far made 12 competitive appearances for Gillingham, but joined National League side Eastleigh on a loan during this season, where he has so far been doing well, playing a number of matches for them. Christian has made 18 competitive appearances for Eastleigh, so far this season, scoring two goals. They are currently in 14th place in the National League. A leader on the pitch, the now 24 year old defender has been making good strides this season, and I hope that he continues to do well from now until the end of the season.
Paris Maghoma: Londoner Paris Maghoma was at Spurs as an Academy player as recently as 2020. The central-midfielder/CAM, who was also capable of playing out wide, was a player who I was a big fan of during his time at the club. Paris made his competitive debut for the Spurs Under 18 side during the 2016/17 season, and would sign scholarship forms with the club before the start of the 2017/18 season. Always looking to take players on for skill, pass the ball forward and look for create chances for teammates, Paris became an important player for both the Spurs Under 18 side and Under 23 side, during the 2018/19 season, and he scored a good number of goals and provided a good number of assists during that season. During the pre-season of the 2018/19 season, the midfielder made his one and only appearance for the Spurs first team, in a friendly match with Spanish side Girona. Paris spent the first half of the following 2019/20 season with the Spurs Under 23 side, before moving to then Championship side Brentford, who he joined on a permanent transfer in the January of 2020.
The now 20 year old footballer has made many appearances for Brentford’s B team, since signing for them. He has also made the bench for their first team in competitive games on six occasions so far. The England youth international is definitely a player with a very promising future in the game, and I personally reckon that it’s only a matter of time before he makes his competitive debut for now Premier League club Brentford. He was an absolute pleasure to watch play for Spurs at Academy level, and his ability to go past players from the opposing team at ease, open up defences with a well weighted forward pass, and also score goals made him such an influential player for the Spurs Under 18 and 23 side. Paris recently signed a new contract with Brentford, which runs until 2025.