A short piece on second year scholar George Abbott; after he signed his first professional contract with Spurs:

Following on from the piece that I wrote on Spurs Academy player George Abbott last summer, I thought that I’d write another short piece on George, who has made some really good strides this season at Academy level, and today Spurs announced that he had signed his first professional contract with the club, which is great news. The Londoner who was born in Islington and brought up not very far from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in Muswell Hill, North London, is a versatile player. George can play as a defensive-midfielder, box to box midfielder, or as a full-back on either flank. Tenacious in defence and very hard working off the ball, Abbott reads the game very well, and has good skill on the ball. A regular starter for the Spurs Under 18 side this season, he has helped them to reach the final of the Under 18 Premier League Cup, as well as helping a Spurs Under 17 side reach their equivalent of the Premier League Cup final (the Under 17 Premier League Cup). 

George has really good balance to his game, and this season he has played in a variety of roles, and for the Spurs Under 18 side he has still managed to provided a respectable three assists so far this season for that Spurs side. George is very good at breaking up play from a defensive-midfield role, as he has shown for Spurs’ Under 18 side, since really establishing himself in the side early on in the second part of last season. Since impressing at full-back at the annual Terborg Under 19 Tournament, in the Netherlands last season, the second year scholar has impressed in that position for Spurs at various levels so far this season. Impressing for the Spurs Under 19 side in the UEFA Youth League this season at right-back, he has also stepped-up to represent the Spurs Under 21 side well, on six occasions so far this season. 

The 17 year old Spurs Academy player particularly impressed me in the recent Premier League 2 fixture with Crystal Palace, a game in which he started at left-back in. He was defensively solid during that game in my opinion, but he also showed his quality on the ball, as he travelled inside well with it into midfield, as well as looking to receive it in similar positions during that game. A player with good pace and whose off the ball work I really admire, George Abbott also impressed me when he came on as a substitute in the second half of the Spurs Under 21’s 1-1 draw with Everton, earlier this year. Signing a much deserved first professional contract with Spurs at this stage of his career must be a very proud moment for George, and I would like to wish him all the very best for the remainder of this season with Spurs. He will also have two cup finals to look forward to with Spurs this season!

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