The new Premier League 2 season is not far away now, and so I thought that I’d write my annual preview of the Spurs Under 21 side. All Premier League 2 clubs will now be changed from being Under 23 sides, to Under 21 sides, for the new 2022/23 season. The Premier League 2 fixtures for this season have yet to be announced, but Spurs will be playing two new sides that they haven’t played for a while in Division One of the Premier League 2, in Fulham and Wolves. Following their promotion from Division Two. Leeds United and Derby County were the two sides who were relegated from Division One last season. Manchester City are the current Premier League 2 Division One champions, and they will be one of the teams to watch this season, although Spurs did win both of their league games against them last season. However, the Premier League 2 Division One is a very good and competitive league, and with teams such as West Ham United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Crystal Palace, the Premier League 2 Division One is always such a difficult league to win. Also, in recent years Blackburn Rovers have been a difficult side to play against. Spurs’ Under 21 side will also be competing in the 2022/23 Papa John’s Trophy, and they have been drawn in a difficult group with Wycombe Wanderers, Peterborough United and Stevenage.
Also, a Spurs Under 19 side will be competing in the 2022/23 edition of the UEFA Youth League, which some members of the Spurs Under 21 squad could be eligible to represent Spurs’ Under 19 side in that competition. It will also be interesting to see whether or not a Spurs Under 21 side will be entered into any other Premier League Cup competitions, this season. There are currently 24 players who are a part of the Spurs Under 21 side, as it stands. That doesn’t include players who are officially part of the Spurs Under 18 side. A number of players from the Spurs Under 21 side could potentially leave Spurs on loan this season, which could then mean that players from the Spurs Under 18 side get more opportunities in the Spurs Under 21 side. Second year scholar Jamie Donley was one player who featured for the Spurs Under 21 side on occasions, as a first year scholar last season. And he could well get more opportunities for the Spurs Under 21 side this season. Jaden Williams also featured quite a bit for Wayne Burnett’s side last season, and he is also a forward.
I also personally wouldn’t be at all surprised to see second year scholars Maxwell McKnight, Rio Kyerematen and Alfie Dorrington all feature for the Spurs Under 21 side at some point during the 2022/23 season. Second year professional Max Robson has been a player who has missed quite a lot of game time over the last couple of seasons, because of injury. However, he is in my opinion a player with a lot of potential, and as a CAM he can contribute with a lot of assists and goals, and he could well be a very important player for the Spurs Under 21 side this season. Jeremie Mukendi is another player who has been very unlucky with injuries, since his time at Spurs, as a scholar. But his experience of playing as a centre-forward, could be very important for the Spurs Under 21 side this season. Spurs signed two new players for their Under 21 squad this season, with goalkeeper Josh Keeley joining the club from Irish side St Patrick’s Athletic, while versatile defender Tyrell Ashcroft joins the club from Reading. I’m sure that both players will get plenty of game time during this season.
Also, central defender Marqes Muir finished last season really well, and I think that he will be a very important player in defence for the Spurs Under 21 side this season. And out wide on the flanks, Roshaun Mathurin (he missed much of last season because of injury) and Romaine Mundle will in my opinion also be very important players for the Spurs Under 21 side this season, and they can contribute a lot with their creativity and goals. I’m really looking forward to going to all of the Spurs Under 21’s games, both home and away this season. And I would like to wish the side all the very best of luck for the 2022/23 season. Spurs’ Under 21 side will finish their pre-season, by going to France to compete in the annual Tournoi Européen, which starts on Friday. I will be writing a preview of Spurs’ participation in that tournament, later in the week.
The Spurs Under 21 squad of 2022/23:
Goalkeepers: Josh Keeley, Aaron Maguire, Adam Hayton.
Defenders: Kallum Cesay, Marcel Lavinier, Tyrell Ashcroft, Charlie Sayers, Marqes Muir, Maksim Paskotši, Malachi Fagan-Walcott.
Midfielders: Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, Dante Cassanova, Harvey White, Jamie
Bowden, Nile John, Matthew Craig, Alfie Devine, Max Robson.
Wingers: Roshaun Mathurin, Yago Santiago, Romaine Mundle.
Forwards: Dane Scarlett, Jeremie Mukendi, Kion Etete.