Spurs Under 18’s versus Crystal Palace: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side will be looking to return to winning ways when they travel south of the river to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League South, on Saturday morning (the game starts at 11:00am). Spurs have lost their last two competitive games at this level, and they lost 4-0 away to Fulham in the Premier League Cup last Saturday. Tomorrow’s game at Crystal Palace’s training ground will be another difficult one, as Crystal Palace finished as runners up in the Premier League South last season, although Spurs did win 5-1 away to them in the league during that season. This will be an interesting game, but unfortunately I will be unable to watch it, as I’ll be at Hotspur Way watching the Under 23 side face Manchester City. I would however, like to wish Stuart Lewis’ side all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Gunter, Bryan-Waugh, Dorrington, Sayers, Hackett, Cassanova (c), Kyerematen, McKnight, Davies, Torraj, Williams.

Subs from: Hayton, Linton, Haysman, Heaps, Bloxham.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 0-3. 

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Victor Akinwale. The England Under 18 international has scored ten league goals and provided one assist for Crystal Palace’s Under 18 side so far this season, from nine appearances.

Spurs Under 23’s versus Manchester City: (match preview)

On Saturday (the game starts at 12:00pm) Spurs host the reigning Premier League 2 Division One champions – Manchester City, at Hotspur Way, in their latest Premier League 2 game. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side go into this game in good form, having won four of their last five league games, while Manchester City have only won one of their last five league games, and are now one place behind Spurs in the table, in fourth place. Spurs won 3-1 away to Manchester City in the league back in October, and they’ll be hoping to keep up their fine run of form tomorrow. Manchester City are a very good team, and with players like Cole Palmer, James McAtee and Kayky, they will be very difficult to win against. However, Cole Palmer and James McAtee made the bench for Manchester City’s first team in midweek, and with their first team playing again on Saturday, it will be interesting to see if they make the first team squad again. Spurs played very well against Everton last Friday when they won 4-0 at The Lamex Stadium, and tomorrow they’ll be looking to impress once again. I will be reporting on Saturday’s match, and would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala, Lavinier, Fagan-Walcott, Omole, Cesay, Lyons-Foster, White (c), Markanday, John, Santiago, Clarke.

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Matthew Craig, Michael Craig, Mundle, Mukendi.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Dane Scarlett.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 

My one to watch: James McAtee. If he does play against Spurs on Saturday then the 19 year old will be a player for Spurs to watch. The CAM was outstanding against Spurs at Hotspur Way, in their final competitive Under 23 game of last season, and McAtee has already scored 11 league goals and provided two assists this season. 

An appreciation piece on Spurs great and one of the clubs finest ever youth graduates and defenders – Ledley King: (with words from some former teammates and Spurs players who looked up to him):

Ledley Brenton King has to be without doubt the greatest centre-half to ever come through the Tottenham Hotspur youth system. Born in the East End of London in the October of 1980, King attended the Blessed John Roche RC School and had played for the well known youth club Senrab (Ledley also represented London Schools), prior to joining Spurs as a schoolboy footballer during the 1990’s. King played in the same age group as Peter Crouch as a youth player at Spurs, and Ledley’s great potential was very clear from early on. Also playing and impressing for England at youth level, right up until Under 21 level, King established himself as a key player for the Spurs youth team after signing trainee forms in the summer of 1997, and would go on to help a talented Spurs youth team win the prestigious Milk Cup tournament in Northern Ireland, in the late 1990s. Ledley’s rise through the youth and reserve ranks at Spurs resulted in him making his competitive debut for the club in a Premier League game against Liverpool, as a substitute at Anfield in 1999. During his time on the pitch in that game Ledley played at left-back. An outstanding reader of the game and a real footballing centre-half, Ledley was gradually introduced to the first team more and more as time went on, even playing as a defensive midfielder on occasions for them.

Although injuries seriously disrupted his career as it went on, Ledley would go on to become a real fan favourite. With his tremendous dedication to the game, quality in and out of possession and leadership skills, Ledley played a big part in helping Spurs to get better and better during the 21st century. Since establishing himself in the first team Ledley King produced many magnificent defensive displays at centre-half. Many moments will standout to Individual supporters from King’s more than 300 competitive appearances for Spurs at first team level. Such as that outstanding challenge on Arjen Robben at White Hart Lane in a league game against Chelsea in the 2000s, the many outstanding displays at centre-half over the years, and also captaining Spurs to winning the Football League Cup in 2008, at Wembley. He didn’t need to foul players as he was just such a quality defender, which is why he picked up so few cards during his career. However, sadly he had no other choice but to retire at the end of the 2011/12 season, because of injuries. In addition to his many Spurs appearances over the years, Ledley was also capped by his country, England on 21 occasions (he scored two goals for England during that time). Of course he would have won many more caps for England and made a lot more appearances for Spurs over the years, were it not for his unfortunate injuries. But it is remarkable that he went on to achieve such great things in the game despite his injury problems.

Ledley was awarded a testimonial at White Hart Lane in-front of the Spurs fans at the end of the 2011/22 season. He then took up ambassadorial duties with the club, before serving them as a first team coach during part of the 2020/21 season under then head-coach José Mourinho. King has since returned to his ambassadorial duties at the club, something which he does so very well at. A quality centre-half and also a gentleman of the game, Ledley King is a true Spurs legend, and someone who I feel very privileged to have watched play for Spurs over the years. 

Words on Ledley from Spurs youth team teammates and ex-Spurs players:

Glenn Poole: Ledley quite simply had EVERYTHING as a player and a centre half and with those qualities that he had he could easily play in the modern day game. He could pass, bring the ball out from defence, he had pace, was strong and could use both feet. So much so he used to do all his tricks with his so called weaker left foot. If it wasn’t for the much publicised injuries it would have been Ledley and one other as the centre back pairing for England for many years. With all those playing attributes most importantly he is a fantastic bloke.

David Lee: Ledley was a Rolls Royce from the first time I saw him train I could see he was special, and talking about him over the years with teammates and coaches they all felt the same, he had everything, apart from maybe he didn’t want to head the ball! Haha, I played a few games as a sweeper behind him in the Milk Cup run when we went on to win it. He was outstanding, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone get the better of him. He was so quick, strong, fantastic close control under pressure and occasionally went on a mazy dribble from defence! Not that Bobby Arber was happy about that! He was relatively quiet on the pitch but that was when he was young. He was a pleasure to play with.

Ciarán Toner: Ledley always stood out as a player who could make it to the top. He was quick, strong, could read the game and had real technical quality with both feet. He was a real asset to the team and we always knew that when he played it would be a difficult day for any opposition striker. Unfortunately he suffered with injury even in his younger years and I have no doubt he would have played much more for his country if he wasn’t so unfortunately affected with it. It was great to see how successful he would become though and well deserved for such a great talent.

Paul O’Donoghue: Ledley was a name I heard often when I first joined in the Youth Team. He was apparently just after an incredible U20 World Cup/European Championship and all the young players just knew this guy was the next best thing. Did you hear what Ledley did in training, the players said. Did you see what he done against…. Such and such. The youth coaches as well would use Ledley as an example to watch and refer to it in training. When I got older and playing with the reserves and training here and there with the first team he was a complete defender and so calm in pressurised situations. Making the difficult look easy. A peerless defender who always had time for young players and took an interest in our development. On top of that a thoroughly good person.

Danny Foster: I was in the youth / reserves at the time and was lucky enough to train with the first team / Ledley. Ledley was pure class on and off the pitch. As a CB I looked up to him with tremendous respect, for a defender he was a very good size, naturally quick, strong and powerful. He defended first, won headers, tackles, stayed on his feet. He’s defending was to the highest level. His timing, contact and positioning were excellent making him almost impossible to beat at times. In addition to his defensive side his composure and collectiveness in possession were probably one the best ever as a CB. Both footed, 1st touch, range of pass, playing out from back, driving with the ball, he had it all.  A great trait was that he always made time to talk to us young players and show support. A gentleman on and off the pitch and a true legend of club.

Andy Reid: From the moment I walked into the football club I could tell that Ledley was the one that everyone really, really looked up to. There were always different types of characters in the changing rooms, but the real leader in that dressing room was Ledley. I think that everybody knows his footballing ability and how good he was on the pitch, but what sets him apart from so many people is his qualities off the pitch. And he was always so approachable and so helpful, and he was somebody who I admired greatly, and everyone else in the changing room did as well. It doesn’t surprise me now that he is doing so well in his ambassadorial role for the club. He is somebody who is a legend at Spurs, and rightly so. For me he has all the characteristics to be a leader of the club moving forward, which I think is important as he is Spurs through and through, and you could always tell how special the relationship between him and the fans was. And also how special they held him in their hearts. It was an honour and a privilege to play with Ledley, share a changing room with him and go out on a football pitch with him. Even though it was only for a brief period of time, it was a privilege. He is a really, really special guy and  somebody who I hold in the highest regard.

Some notes on Spurs Under 18’s 4-0 Premier League Cup defeat to Fulham:

Spurs’ Under 18 side played their final Premier League Cup group stage game of this season on Saturday. Head coach Stuart Lewis saw his side lose 4-0 to a Fulham side who dominated the game from start to finish. Saturday’s defeat means that Spurs are now officially out of this seasons Premier League Cup. Spurs started with Adam Hayton in goal, while a back four consisting of Brandon Bryan-Waugh, Alfie Dorrington, Charlie Sayers and Jahziah Linton started in-front of him. Captain Dante Cassanova and Khalon Haysman started in central midfield, while Maxwell McKnight and Renaldo Torraj started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jez Davies. Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs. Fulham got the game underway on a very cold and rainy day, and early on in the game George Okkas hit an effort over the Spurs goal from distance. In the 16th minute of the game Fulham took the lead through Jaylan Wildbore, who after receiving the ball on the right flank managed to cleverly work his way into the Spurs box, where he was met by the outrushing Spurs goalkeeper Adam Hayton. However, Jaylan Wildbore managed to slot the ball past Hayton and into the back of the net from close range, 0-1. Fulham continued to create chances following their opener, and they doubled their advantage through the impressive Olly Sanderson on 26 minutes. The Fulham forward finishing well past Hayton from inside the Spurs penalty area, 0-2.

Soon after conceding their second goal of the game Spurs went 3-0 down. A pass out from the Spurs box from Adam Hayton came to George Okkas outside the box, and the Fulham player was able to finish past Hayton, who was out of position and into the back of the goal, 0-3. The second half initially started well for Spurs, who came close to getting a goal back early on in the half after Jaden Williams met Maxwell McKnight’s good cross from the right flank inside the Fulham box. However, Williams’ impressive headed effort came off the upright of goalkeeper Michael Allen’s goal before going clear of the goal. Defender Alfie Dorrington made a good block inside the Spurs box to stop Lemar Gordon’s effort from testing Adam Hayton in the Spurs goal. Khalon Haysman then curled over a free-kick for Spurs, before Fulham made it 4-0 after Jaylan Wildbore’s whipped low cross from the right was met by Imani Lanquedoc inside the Spurs box, and he finished well past Hayton with a first time effort, 0-4. Hayton saved Lemar Gordon’s effort well, before Terrell Works missed a one on one from inside the Spurs penalty area late on in the game, as Fulham won 4-0. Spurs made three substitutions in the second half, as Riley Owen, Thomas Bloxham and Jordan Hackett came on. Spurs’ next game at this level is away to Crystal Palace, in the Premier League South, next Saturday.

My man of the match: Jaden Williams. The centre-forward came very close to getting a goal back for Spurs early on in the second half from a header. However, I thought that Jaden’s work off the ball and pressing were very good during his 69 minutes on the pitch.

Spurs Under 23’s 4-0 Everton: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side welcomed Everton to The Lamex Stadium on Friday evening, in their latest Premier League 2 game. Spurs won the game 4-0 and they were much the better team throughout the game. Spurs lined-up with Thimothée Lo-Tutala in goal, while a back four of Marcel Lavinier, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Tobi Omole and Kallum Cesay started in-front of him. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and captain Harvey White started in central midfield, and Dilan Markanday and Romaine Mundle started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Nile John. Jack Clarke once again led the line for Spurs. Everton got the game underway on a very cold evening in Hertfordshire, but the game got off to the perfect start for Spurs, who took the lead just 27 seconds into the game. A bouncing ball wasn’t dealt with by the Everton defence, and centre-forward for the evening Jack Clarke latched onto the ball, before going past Lewis Warrington. Clarke then took the ball into the Everton box as he continued forward, before then finally finishing in a composed fashion past goalkeeper Harry Tyrer, with a low strike, 1-0. Everton tried to respond and after Thomas Cannon received the ball inside the Spurs penalty area, he tried his luck on goal. However, Lo-Tutala saved well to tip the ball behind.

Ryan Astley headed wide from an Everton corner-kick, and then a couple of minutes later and after Dilan Markanday won a free-kick on the edge of the Everton box, Harvey White struck the Everton wall with his effort. Romaine Mundle then had an effort blocked inside the Everton box, before at the other end of the pitch Ryan Astley headed just wide from a Rhys Hughes corner-kick. Lyons-Foster headed wide from a Harvey White cross not long before half-time, and then the final piece of action of the half saw Harry Tyrer save Nile John’s low effort from the edge of the Everton box. Spurs got the second half underway and it started well for Spurs, who doubled their lead on 50 minutes. Romaine Mundle passed the ball to Harvey White down the left side of the Everton box, and the Spurs midfielder cut the ball back for Dilan Markanday at the back post, via a deflection off of an Everton player. Markanday received the ball and finished with a first time effort which hit the back of the Everton goal, 2-0. Jack Clarke had a low effort saved from inside the Everton box, shortly after the game got back underway, before Ryan Astley hit an effort over the Spurs goal. 

After receiving Kyle John’s pass down the left flank Rhys Hughes continued forward with the ball and into the Spurs box. However, his resulting effort was saved by Lo-Tutala. Spurs made it 3-0 on 62 minutes, after right-back Marcel Lavinier went on a good forward run with the ball down the right flank, he slipped the ball into the feet of Harvey White, who had made a good run down the right hand side of the Everton box. The midfielder finished well with his right foot, as his effort hit the inside roof of the net, 3-0. Romaine Mundle received a yellow card shortly afterwards, before Rhys Hughes hit a free-kick wide of the Spurs goal. Lyons-Foster then blocked an effort well from the same player. Defender Malachi Fagan-Walcott extended Spurs’ lead after he powerfully headed home a great cross from the left into the Everton box from Harvey White, 4-0. Rhys Hughes then headed over Kyle John’s cross, before Spurs made a double substitution, as Dilan Markanday and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster were withdrawn in place of twin brothers Matthew and Michael Craig. Jeremie Mukendi was then introduced soon after, in place of Romaine Mundle. Kallum Cesay received a yellow card, before Thomas Cannon struck one of Thimothée Lo-Tutala’s posts, in what turned out to be the final piece of action from the game. Spurs play Manchester City at Hotspur Way next Saturday, in their next league game.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothée Lo-Tutala: This was another solid performance from the France Under 19 international, who dealt well with crosses and set-pieces, but who also made a number of good saves.
  • Marcel Lavinier: The right-back liked to go on forward runs a lot during the game, and one such forward run ended in him setting-up Harvey White for his goal. Lavinier had another good game at right-back.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: Taking his late goal well and also impressing in central-defence, defender Malachi Fagan-Walcott made a good impression on the game.
  • Tobi Omole: The left sided centre-half was very good on the ball and he brought it out from the back really well, and also made some good passes. Omole was also assertive in defence and didn’t put a foot wrong during the game.
  • Kallum Cesay: The full-back played at left-back for this match, and he tended to stay deeper than Marcel Lavinier on the other flank, but I thought that he did well.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Good on the ball, playing the game at a good tempo and also being in good defensive positions, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster continued his fine season with another good display in midfield.
  • Harvey White: My man of the match, see below.
  • Dilan Markanday: The winger started out on the right flank and he grew into the game. Markanday took his goal well and also made runs into numerous good positions.
  • Nile John: The CAM made some good runs, came close to scoring and also linked-up well with midfielder Harvey White throughout the game.
  • Romaine Mundle: Playing out on the left flank Romaine Mundle held onto the ball well and went on some skilful runs with it. He was also involved in our second goal of the game.
  • Jack Clarke: Pressing the Everton defence superbly well throughout the game, Jack Clarke made some clever runs off the ball and took his goal really well.
  • Matthew Craig: The Barnet born midfielder went into midfield following his introduction to the game.
  • Michael Craig: Like his brother Michael Craig also played in central midfield after being introduced during the second half.
  • Jeremie Mukendi: The 21 year old forward came on late in the game to make his first appearance of the season for the Spurs Under 23 side. It was good to see Jeremie involved again, and during his time on the pitch he played in the centre-forward role.

My man of the match: Harvey White. The 20 year old midfielder had yet another very good game for Spurs’ Under 23 side. The player from Maidstone created numerous good chances for his teammates against Everton. Assertive and skilful in midfield, Harvey White provided two good assists and also took his goal really well. Harvey helped to dictate the tempo of the game from midfield, and he made many really good forward runs off the ball. After the game on Friday he has now been directly involved in 14 goals (seven goals and seven assists) from 16 competitive appearances for the Spurs Under 23 side this season.

Spurs Under 18’s versus Fulham: (match preview)

In their final Premier League Cup group stage game of this season, Spurs travel to Surrey to play Fulham at their Motspur Park training ground on Saturday (the game starts at 11:00am). This is the second time that they have faced Fulham in competitive competition at this level this season, with the first meeting (a league game) ending with Spurs losing 4-2 on the opening day of the season. Last seasons Premier League South winners Fulham have so far picked up 18 points from ten league games this season, and they have a very good home record. Spurs lost 3-0 to Southampton in their last competitive game at this level, and while it will be difficult to progress to the quarter-finals of this seasons Premier League Cup, a win tomorrow would be a good achievement. Spurs lost their opening group game 3-1 away to Leeds United, before recording a 0-0 draw with Stoke City at Hotspur Way. This will be an interesting game and I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Hayton, Bryan-Waugh, Dorrington, Andiyapan, Linton, Cassanova (c), Davies, McKnight, Haysman, Bloxham, Donley.

Subs from: Gunter, Abbott, Kyerematen, Torraj, Williams.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-4.

My score prediction: 2-2.

My one to watch: Oliver Sanderson. The Fulham player has scored seven league goals and provided two assists from nine league appearances this season.

Spurs Under 23’s versus Everton: (match preview)

After impressively winning 4-1 away against Leicester City on Monday evening in the Premier League 2, Spurs’ Under 23 side have another league game to look forward to this week. Wayne Burnett’s side will welcome Everton to Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium on Friday evening (the game starts at 19:00pm) and a win for Spurs could lift them up to third place in the league table. Everton are five points and four places behind Spurs in Divison One, and they are unbeaten in their last four competitive games. Spurs beat Everton 2-1 and recorded a 0-0 draw with them in the league last season. Everton are a side who will try and make it difficult for Spurs to try and play their passing style of football, but the team from Merseyside also play good football and are effective at it too. Centre-forward Ellis Simms is a player that the Spurs defence will have to watch closely tomorrow if he does play, as he is very clinical in-front of goal. This will be an interesting game of football tomorrow, and I look forward to reporting on it. I would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala, Lavinier, Fagan-Walcott, Omole, Cesay, Lyons-Foster, White (c), Markanday, John, Mundle, Clarke.

Subs from: Solberg, Paskotši, Matthew Craig, Michael Craig, Santiago.

Injured/unavailable: Dane Scarlett.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Ellis Simms. The 20 year old centre-forward who scored ten league goals in 23 league appearances on loan at Blackpool last season, is a clinical centre-forward who has always impressed me in the past. Simms has a great goalscoring record at Academy level for Everton.

Some notes on Spurs loanees Kion Etete and Jamie Bowden’s respective performances in the Northampton Town v Oldham Athletic game:

Spurs loanee Jamie Bowden completed the entirety of Oldham Athletic’s most recent League Two game, which was against Northampton Town on Tuesday evening. While centre-forward and Spurs loanee Kion Etete completed 83 minutes of the match for Northampton Town, and he also scored an important goal for the home side. The game took place at Northampton’s Sixfields Stadium, and in the following piece I will be writing down some notes (in chronological order) from each players performance.

Kion Etete: Starting the game well, centre-forward Kion Etete was impressing early on in the match. His first real involvement of the game came when he headed over a looping cross into the Oldham penalty area, from Sam Hoskins. Shortly afterwards and inside the Oldham box after a free-kick, the 19 year old appeared to  (I’m not 100% on whether he did or not) get a foot on the ball to direct it towards Jon Guthrie who finished well, after the ball had fortuitously came Kion’s way. Etete then came very close getting contact on the ball from a low whipped cross in from the left flank into the Oldham box. However, defender Carl Piergianni was able to clear the ball. A couple of minutes later the Derby born player headed over Mitchell Pinnock’s corner-kick into the Oldham box. Then and after making a run to the near post of the Oldham goal, Kion headed over Aaron McGowan’s cross back across the goal and wide. The Spurs player was winning all of his aerial duels, and also drifting out wide and making runs down the right flank on occasions. Trying to turn provider, Kion received the ball on the right flank, before delivering the ball into the Oldham box, but it was cleared away.

In the 38th minute of the game Northampton doubled their advantage, through Kion Etete. Mitchell Pinnock’s cross from the left was met by Etete inside the Oldham box, and he set himself up well to receive the ball before directing the ball across the goal and into the far corner of the net, on the volley. Shortly before the half-time whistle went Kion played a clever one-two with Pinnock, but the Oldham goalkeeper rushed out of his box, and Kion was unable to make sufficient contact with the ball to control it. Continuing to press well and holding the ball up well during the second half, Northampton’s player of the match wasn’t involved a lot in the second half (he came off in the 83rd minute of the match) as Oldham grew back into the game more. However, this was another impressive performance from Kion, who continues to do well for Northampton.

Jamie Bowden: Starting in central midfield alongside former Manchester United player Callum Whelan, Jamie Bowden’s first real involvement of the game arrived early on. After making a good pass to start a forward move for Oldham, the ball came back to Bowden out on the right flank, but his resulting cross went behind for a goal kick. During the first half the Republic of Ireland youth international wasn’t able to really receive the ball in great positions, as Northampton were seeing a lot of the ball. Early on in the second half Bowden made an ambitious forward lofted pass towards Hallam Hope inside the Northampton box, but Hope was unable to head the ball down to a teammate. Then after winning the ball inside Oldham’s half Jamie brought the ball forward into the Northampton half, but his final pass was intercepted by a Northampton player on this occasion. Substitute Dylan Bahamboula sent a low cross into the Northampton box, but the goalkeeper Liam Roberts got a hand on the ball and it set up for Bowden, whose header towards goal was cleared. Bowden was getting on the ball a lot more during the second half, and after his ball into the Northampton box was cleared away by Jon Guthrie, Bowden’s final involvement of the game was to receive the ball out on the left flank. He then made a reverse pass back to Sam Hart inside the Oldham box, but his effort was saved by the Northampton goalkeeper.

Spurs Under 23’s 4-1 Leicester City: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side faced Leicester City in the Premier League 2 on Monday evening, at Leicester City’s Training Ground at Seagrave. Spurs won the match 4-1, and it was a deserved win for Wayne Burnett’s side, who managed to come back from being one goal down early on in the game, to go on and become the stronger side for the majority of the match. Spurs started with Thimothée Lo-Tutala in goal, while Marcel Lavinier, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Tobi Omole and Kallum Cesay lined-up in front of him. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and captain Harvey White started in central midfield, and Dilan Markanday and Yago Santiago started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Nile John. Jack Clarke led the line for Spurs, who got the game underway. However, the home side started the match really well, and in the fifth minute they took an early lead. A long pass found it’s way to Kasey McAteer on the left hand side of the Spurs penalty area. McAteer was tackled by Marcel Lavinier, but was able to continue with the ball, before passing it to Tawanda Maswanhise, who emphatically hit the ball past Lo-Tutala and into the roof of the goal, 0-1. The same Leicester player almost doubled their lead a couple of minutes later, after he hit the ball just wide of the Spurs goal, with an effort on the turn from the edge of the box.

Vontae Daley-Campbell curled an effort wide, before there was a penalty shout from Dilan Markanday after he appeared to have been fouled by Benjamin Nelson inside the Leicester box. Markanday was very surprised when the referee waived play on. After showing good skill out on the right flank Markanday whipped a promising ball across the face of the Leicester goal, and then at the other end of the pitch Wanya Marcal-Madivadua had an effort saved by the feet of Lo-Tutala, inside the Spurs box. A couple of minutes later Lo-Tutala then saved a deflected effort on goal from Marcal-Madivadua. After winning the ball on the edge of the Leicester box Harvey White had an effort saved by goalkeeper Brad Young. Spurs continued to play well, and Daley-Campbell blocked a headed effort on goal by Lyons-Foster from a Harvey White corner-kick, before Spurs managed to draw level. Another corner kick for Spurs, which was delivered by Harvey White, came eventually to Markanday down the left hand side of the Leicester box. Markanday whipped a low ball across the goal to Malachi Fagan-Walcott, who was able to guide the ball home from close range, 1-1.

Dilan Markanday continued to impress, and after showing some great skill with the ball he managed to win a free-kick for Spurs on the edge of the Leicester box. Free-kick specialist Harvey White stepped up to curl a superb effort towards the top right hand corner of the goal, off the underside off the bar and into the back of the goal, 2-1. Shortly after the game got back underway Lo-Tutala saved an effort from Marcal-Madivadua, before Santiago had an effort saved by Young at the other end of the pitch, in what was the final action of the half. Leicester got the second half underway and an early effort from Thanawat Suengchitthawon deflected off Kallum 

Cesay and over the Spurs goal. Lewis Brunt headed wide from a Leicester corner-kick, and then Spurs got their third goal of the game shortly afterwards. Harvey White’s cross into the box from the right flank was challenged in the air by Fagan-Walcott with the Leicester goalkeeper, with the ball then falling for Tobi Omole to score from with a first time effort, 3-1. Not long afterwards Spurs got their fourth goal of the game, as Leicester struggled to stop their very good and effective passing game. After receiving Lavinier’s pass, Dilan Markanday cut inside with the ball down the right hand side of the Leicester box. He then managed to find Harvey White in the centre of the box with a pass, and the Spurs midfielder was able to take a touch before finishing the ball past Brad Young, 4-1.

After skilfully going past a Leicester player Dilan Markanday had a low effort saved by Brad Young, before Kallum Cesay was shown a yellow card after making a foul. Romaine Mundle then came on to replace Yago Santiago. Mundle had a low effort saved by Brad Young. And then a pass from Mundle to Nile John resulted in the midfielder taking the ball to the edge of the Leicester box, before having a good effort saved by the Leicester goalkeeper, before Mundle was shown a yellow card shortly afterwards. A volleyed effort from Kasey McAteer was saved well by Lo-Tutala, as Leicester tried to get back into the game. Michael Craig replaced Jack Clarke, before Harvey White had a headed effort saved from a Marcel Lavinier cross. Lyons-Foster blocked an effort from a Leicester player well, and then Harvey White had a goal ruled out for offside. Jacob Wakeling headed wide Ethan Fitzhugh’s cross, and a couple of minutes later Matthew Craig entered the field, to replace Harvey White in midfield. After accidentally passing the ball to Romaine Mundle inside the Leicester box, the Spurs winger had a shot saved by Brad Young, before the ball came back to him and he passed it to Lyons-Foster, who hit the ball over the goal.

While attempting to get the ball off of Ethan Fitzhugh inside the Spurs penalty area Thimothée Lo-Tutala brought down the Leicester player, resulting in the referee pointing to the penalty spot. However, Lo-Tutala managed to save Kasey McAteer’s resulting effort, before then saving an effort from Wanya Marcal-Madivadua, not long after, and that was to be the final chance of the game. Wayne Burnett’s side host Everton at the Lamex Stadium on Friday evening, in their next Premier League 2 game.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothée Lo-Tutala: The Paris born goalkeeper made a number of saves in the Leicester match, including one to stop Kasey McAteer from the penalty spot. This was a good performance from Thimothée.
  • Marcel Lavinier: The right-back linked up well with Dilan Markanday down the right flank, had a good game defensively and also went on some good forward runs.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: Playing on the right side of centre-half, defender Malachi Fagan-Walcott scored his first goal of the season with a finish from a Dilan Markanday pass, during the first half. However, defensively he had a solid game alongside Tobi Omole. Fagan-Walcott was also strong in the air.
  • Tobi Omole: The defender worked well alongside Malachi Fagan-Walcott, made some impressive passes out from defence and also defended well. 
  • Kallum Cesay: Playing at left-back Kallum Cesay looked good in defence and also got forward well on occasions.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Always looking to get on the ball in midfield, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster liked to make forward runs through the middle of the pitch to support the forwards when he could. Lyons-Foster played the game at a good intensity in midfield, and once again he allowed Harvey White to make those important forward runs in and around the Leicester box.
  • Harvey White: The Spurs captain had a really strong game in central midfield. Harvey White’s passing and delivery from set-pieces were consistently very good, but he also showed a real tenacity in midfield as well. The 20 year old took his free-kick goal excellently well.
  • Dilan Markanday: My man of the match, see below.
  • Nile John: The CAM grew into the game as it went on, and he got on the ball a lot and was able to influence the game in a number of ways.
  • Yago Santiago: Playing out on the left flank Yago Santiago did go on some skilful runs, and he also linked up well with centre-forward for the evening Jack Clarke.
  • Jack Clarke: Playing at centre-forward Jack Clarke showed some good movement off the ball and he linked up well with the CAM and the wingers during his time on the pitch.
  • Romaine Mundle: The second half substitute had some good moments on the ball when he came on, and he used the ball well out on the left flank.
  • Michael Craig: Michael Craig came on to play in central midfield in the 79th minute of the game.
  • Matthew Craig: The 18 year old was a late substitute. Matthew played in central midfield.

My man of the match: Dilan Markanday. Playing out on the right flank for the game against Leicester City, winger Dilan Markanday was once again in my opinion Spurs’ most influential and creative player on the day. The 20 year old showed some tremendous skill, particularly during the first half on his forward runs, and he set-up Malachi Fagan-Walcott with a good pass from out on the left side of the Leicester box, for his goal. Dilan also won the free-kick from which Harvey White scored his first goal from, and he assisted Harvey for his second goal of the game, his seventh assist of the season. 

Spurs Under 23’s versus Leicester City: (match preview)

Wayne Burnett’s Spurs Under 23 side travel up to the English Midlands on Monday for their meeting with Leicester City, in the Premier League 2 (the game starts at 19:00pm). Spurs recorded a 1-1 draw against Brighton, in their last league game, but it was a game in which they were the better team in. Leicester City have picked up 13 points from ten league games this season, and they are unbeaten in their last three league games. Leicester have quite a good record at home against us at this level, and with players like Wanya Marcal-Madivadua, Shane Flynn and Josh Eppiah in their Under 23 side, this will be another tough game for Spurs. Dilan Markanday recently won the Premier League 2 player of the month award, which was really well deserved. Hopefully Dilan will get more minutes for the Under 23 side this evening, and then hopefully feature for the first team on Thursday. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for today’s game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Cesay, Paskotši, Fagan-Walcott, Lavinier, Lyons-Foster, White, Clarke, John, Markanday, Scarlett.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Omole, Matthew Craig, Mundle, Santiago.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: Wanya Marcal-Madivadua. The midfielder has scored three league goals and provided one assist from nine appearances this season.