On Saturday afternoon, versatile 21 year old Spurs player Brooklyn Lyons-Foster returned for the Spurs Under 21 side against Leyton Orient, having been out since the 17th of January with a knee injury. Lyons-Foster came on in the 75th minute of the Spurs Under 21’s 3-1 loss to League Two side Leyton Orient, in the annual JE3 Foundation Trophy fixture. Brooklyn came on to play in a defensive-midfield role during the final 15 minutes of the game. Having previously played in defence for much of his time at Spurs, since he signed scholarship forms with the club. The Islington born Spurs player can play in any position in defence, such is his excellent versatility. He has good pace, passing ability and he is an excellent reader of the game. Always a player who I have been a big fan of, Lyons-Foster was in my opinion doing consistently really well in that defensive-midfield role for the then Spurs Under 23 side last season. Often playing alongside Harvey White in midfield for Wayne Burnett’s side, Brooklyn had a really calming influence on games, as he quietly went about his game quietly, but very effectively.
A player who is more than capable of going into defence from that defensive-midfield role to help out the Spurs Development side when needed. Lyons-Foster, was in my opinion one of the most impressive players, and a big reason why we did really well during the 2021 part of the last Premier League 2 season. He is tenacious and very intelligent in his all-round game, but his passing ability allows him to make important forward passes from midfield. And Brooklyn also likes to get forward from midfield, to help out the forwards on occasions. He was very unlucky to get injured during the January time of last season, and were it not for that knee injury then he could well have been part of Antonio Conte’s Spurs first team squad that traveled to South Korea, this pre-season. I personally hope that Brooklyn gets to go on the first loan move of his career, this summer. As that would be a great experience for him at this stage of his career. However, I wish him a very successful 2022/23 season, and hopefully he gets a lot more minutes for the Spurs Under 21 season during this pre-season.