Where are they now? Former Spurs Academy player Rayan Clarke:

During his days in the Spurs Academy set-up, Rayan Clarke often played out on the flanks as a winger. Capable of playing on either flank, and also as a centre-forward, Rayan had been at Spurs for a long time before he made his competitive debut for the Spurs Under 18 side during the latter stages of the 2016/17 season. Clarke would sign scholarship forms with the club during the summer of 2017, and after spending some time out injured, he returned to the Spurs Under 18 side just after the start of the 2017/18 season. He would make a good number of appearances for Scott Parker’s side during that 2017/18 season. However, it was during the following 2018/19 season that Rayan really established himself in the Spurs Under 18 side, as a second year scholar. Part of a very good Spurs Under 18 side that came so close to winning the Premier League South during that season. Rayan scored a good number of goals that season, and provided a good number of assists as well.

A highly skilful and creative winger with very good pace, and a real eye for goal. Rayan Clarke is unpredictable in the way that he dribbles with the ball, and he does like to go inside with the ball from the flank and test the goalkeeper from distance. A good crosser of a ball and a player who can go past players with the ball really well, Rayan actually started for the Spurs Under 18 side against Southampton, in the first ever game that was played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, in 2019. During the following 2019/20 season Rayan Clarke spent one season with the then Spurs Under 23 side full-time (he had already featured for the Spurs Under 23 side in the past), and he would score one goal for the Spurs Under 23 side. Unfortunately Rayan was released by Spurs at the end of the 2019/20 season. He went on trial with a number of clubs in England during the following 2020/21 season, including Sunderland, where he scored one goal from one competitive appearance for their Under 23 side.

Rayan spent some time without a club before signing for non-League side Hayes & Yeading, earlier on this season (2022/23), but he later signed for Isthmian League South Central Division side Westfield FC, during the current season. Rayan last made an appearance for Westfield on the fifth of October, in a league fixture with Bedfont Sports. It’s great to see Rayan playing competitive football again, and at the age of 21, I’m confident that he’ll work his way back up the leagues again in the future. I would like to wish Rayan all the very best of luck for the remainder of this season.

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