My piece on talented and versatile Spurs Academy player and second year scholar – George Abbott:

Second year scholar George Abbott (16) is a defensive-midfielder, who also played at right-back and as a box to box midfielder for the Spurs Under 18 side, during the 2021/22 season. Born in Islington but brought up in Muswell Hill, George Abbott made his competitive debut for the Spurs Under 18 side as a late substitute in an Under 18 Premier League Cup group game against Leeds United, last season. He made an additional 14 appearances for the Spurs Under 18 side, scoring two goals and providing one assist from those appearances. Abbott is a tenacious defensive-midfield player, who got better and better as the 2021/22 season went on. He has good pace and skill on the ball, and he had a number of impressive matches last season. As a defensive-midfielder George Abbott does well in front of the Spurs defence, and he is strong in the challenge and a player who covers a lot of ground in the central areas of the pitch.

The midfielder also likes to get forward to support the forwards, especially when he is playing as a box to box midfielder. Very capable of going on surging forward runs with the ball at pace, arguably Abbott’s best performance for the Spurs Under 18 side last season came in a 2-1 Under 18 Premier League South win over West Bromwich Albion. George started and completed that match in the defensive midfield role, in a 4-2-3-1 formation. He was excellent defensively, and he won a good number of challenges in midfield. He also scored a goal in that game, but it was the then first year scholar’s work off the ball, as well as on it, when he would bring the ball forward at pace, which impressed me the most. He didn’t stop running, and he helped the Spurs defence out a lot. Another impressive performance came in a 7-0 home Under 18  Premier League South win over Birmingham City, when George scored a really good goal. 

Also capable of playing at right-back, George Abbott played in that position on occasions during last season, and once again I thought that he did well while playing in that position. In an away 3-2 Premier League South loss to Chelsea the midfield player had a lot of work to do defensively, but he showed his good pace in that game. And he won quite a lot of challenges, and was good defensively. George Abbott also played at right-back at the end of season Under 19 Terborg Tournament, in The Netherlands. In Spurs’ final group game at that tournament, George was without doubt Spurs’ best player in a 2-0 loss to Dutch side De Graafschap, while playing at right-back. He made some important blocks during that game, in what was a good defensive performance on his side of the pitch. George made his debut for the Spurs Under 21 side as a late second half substitute in a pre-season friendly with Billericay Town, this pre-season. Which was great to see.

Just yesterday the midfielder came off the bench during the second half of the Spurs Under 18’s 7-0 win against Kerala Blasters, in the Premier League Next Generation Cup, at Hotspur Way. Abbott did well when he came on to the pitch during the second half, in midfield. He also scored a good goal after going forward with the ball at pace, before passing the ball to Damola Ajayi on the left side of the pitch, before then receiving the ball again in the centre of the penalty area, and then scoring a goal with a nice composed finish. I would like to wish George all the very best of luck for the 2022/23 season with Spurs, and I personally believe that he will be a very important player for the Spurs Under 18 side this season. 

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