Spurs Academy goalkeeper Kacper Kurylowicz has left the club that he has been at for 11 years, after he announced it on his official Twitter account on Monday the 23rd of May. Born in Luton but brought up in Milton Keynes, Kacper had represented Poland at youth level before he first made a competitive match-day squad for the Spurs Under 18 side, during the 2017/18 season, when he made the bench for them on two occasions. Kurylowicz signed scholarship forms with Spurs during that summer, and he made his competitive debut for the club at Under 18 level in a Premier League Cup group game with Middlesbrough in the December of 2018. The talented goalkeeper would make two more appearances for the Spurs Under 18 side during the remainder of that season, as well as one additional appearance at the end of season Terborg Tournament, for a Spurs Under 19 side. After impressing in the one game that he played in for the Spurs Under 21 side at the Tournoi Europeen in France during the following pre-season (2019/20), Kacper made 11 competitive appearances for the Spurs Under 18 side during that season. It was to be a season that I thought that he did really well in.
One of the most vocal goalkeepers that I’ve ever seen at Academy level, the 20 year old is one of my favourite ever Spurs Academy goalkeepers. Very good at closing down the angles inside his penalty area, he has very good reflexes, commands his box well, is good at rushing out of his goal and is also good with his distribution. Kacper is always talking the defenders through matches, and encouraging them as well as telling them what they’re not doing so well at in matches. He is a goalkeeper who you would really want to have in goal, if you were a defender, and he is so passionate on the pitch. In 2020/21 Kacper was promoted to the Spurs Under 23 side, and he made two competitive appearances for the Spurs Under 23 side in the Premier League 2 that season. Although he didn’t actually make any match-day squads for the Spurs Under 23 side during the season just gone (2021/22), he did get some important experience of playing first team football for Isthmian Premier Division side Potters Bar Town, who he made seven starts for. Kapcer seemed to do well at Potters Bar, and I managed to watch one of the matches that he started in (against Bishop’s Stortford) and although Potters Bar lost that game, I thought that Kacper was one of their best players on that day.
I’ve always thought that Kacper is a very consistent goalkeeper, and I’ll always remember that 2019/20 season when he started a good number of matches for the Spurs Under 18 side, and had some very, very good games against the likes of Southampton, Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion respectively. Not only is he a very good and talented goalkeeper who I’m confident will go on and achieve great things in the game, but I also wanted to mention what a great lad Kacper also is. If ever he saw me at matches, wherever they may be, he would always go out of his way to say hello to me and speak to me. I wish Kacper all the very best for his future in the game, and I look forward to following his progress in the game. Farewell and good luck, Kacper Kurylowicz.