Some notes on Spurs loanee Troy Parrott’s performance against Crewe Alexandra:

Troy Parrott completed 64 minutes of a League One fixture between MK Dons and Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday evening, which MK Dons won 2-1. The Republic of Ireland international scored a really well taken goal during the match, meaning that he has now scored seven goals for MK Dons this season. Parrott started the game out on the right flank, to the right of centre-forward Mohamed Eisa. After some good early work with the ball out on the left flank, Troy Parrott received the ball on the edge of the Crewe penalty area, before curling an effort over their goal. Not long after, a Scott Twine free-kick which was delivered into the Crewe penalty area, was met by Parrott, but his headed effort appeared to deflect off a Crewe defender before going narrowly wide of the goal. In the 24th minute of the game a nice lofted pass over the top of the Crewe defence by Dean Lewington, allowed Parrott to latch onto the ball, after making a good run in behind the defence. The Dubliner controlled the ball really well as he brought it into the Crewe box, before finishing really well past goalkeeper Dave Richards, with a clever lofted finish into the back of the goal, to give Mk Dons the lead.

Troy was getting into some good positions in the final third, and as always he was working hard off the ball. Just before half-time he delivered a good low cross into the Crewe box from the right flank, with the ball just being missed by Eisa inside the penalty area. Troy didn’t complete much off the second half, but shortly before being substituted he dropped deep to receive the ball in midfield before playing a good forward pass towards Kaine Kesler Hayden. However, Kesler Hayden was unable to control the ball on the right flank.

Some notes on Spurs loanee Troy Parrott’s performance against Cheltenham Town:

Spurs loanee Troy Parrott started for MK Dons in their League One fixture with Cheltenham Town (unfortunately Kion Etete wasn’t in the squad for Cheltenham), on Tuesday evening. Parrott completed the whole of the match (MK Dons won it 3-1), as he started out to the left of centre-forward Mohamed Eisa, and deservedly scored two goals in the match. Early on in the game the Republic of Ireland international tried to meet MK Dons defender Harry Darling’s lofted pass into the Cheltenham penalty area. However, the forward, who had made a good run in-behind the Cheltenham defence, couldn’t quite control the ball, with Eisa also trying to get the ball. And in the end the Cheltenham goalkeeper gathered the ball. Troy Parrott deservedly scored his first goal of the year for MK Dons, in the 26th minute of the game. After Kaine Kesler Hayden passed the ball to Matthew Smith to the right side of the Cheltenham box, Smith delivered a nice cross into the penalty area, which the Dubliner met. Parrott guided his header well into the right corner of the goal to give MK Dons the lead.

Continuing to make good runs into space as the game went on, early on in the second half a lofted ball over the Cheltenham defence was almost latched onto by Parrott. However, he couldn’t quite head the ball on goal, as he was unable to reach it in the end. Then in the 85th minute of the game a good all round performance ended with Troy getting his second goal of the game. After receiving Theodor Corbeanu’s pass down the right side of the pitch, Parrott brought the ball into the Cheltenham penalty area well, before finishing really well by hitting the ball across goal and into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, to get MK Dons’s third goal of the game. This was another very good performance from the hardworking forward, and it was really great to see him score two goals.

Some notes on Spurs loanee Troy Parrott’s performance against Charlton Athletic:

Spurs player Troy Parrott (on loan at MK Dons) completed the whole of the MK Dons versus Charlton Athletic League One fixture, on Tuesday evening. The Republic of Ireland international started the match to the right of centre-forward Connor Wickham. Parrott’s first involvement of the match (MK Dons won the game 2-0) came fairly early on. After Conor Coventry made a really good lofted pass through to Parrott, who had made a run into the Charlton penalty area, Parrott tried to bring the ball down, but he couldn’t control the ball as he would have hoped, and the Charlton goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray managed to gather it in time. However, if Troy had been able to control the ball as he would have wished, then he would have been through on goal. During the latter stages of the first half he had switched flanks with Scott Twine. The Dubliner enjoyed a good start to the second half, and not long into the half, Parrott received the ball out on the right flank. He then went on a run at pace, with the ball, before trying to play a through-ball towards Scott Twine, but former Spurs player Chris Gunter managed to get to the ball in time, to stop Twine from being through on goal.

After going on a good run with the ball towards the Charlton box, Parrott laid the ball off to Connor Wickham, who tried to score with a powerful low effort, which was saved by MacGillivray, before Kaine Kesler Hayden finished from close range. As the half went on Troy was drifting out more to the left flank. His last real involvement of the game, was a defensive one. Parrott was already in the Charlton half when he sprinted all the way back to the Mk Dons half to help stop a Charlton forward move. Parrott showed great pace and desire to eventually block Elliott Lee’s effort on goal.

Some notes on Spurs Academy goalkeeper Kacper Kurylowicz’s performance against Bishop’s Stortford:

Spurs Academy goalkeeper Kacper Kurylowicz played for Potters Bar Town against Bishop’s Stortford, on Tuesday evening, in an Isthmian Premier Division game. Former Spurs Academy player Eddie Carrington, was also in the Potters Bar squad, and came on during the second half. However, Kacper, who is on loan with Potters Bar from Spurs, had quite a lot to do in the game at Parkfield, which Potters Bar lost 3-0. The goalkeeper who has represented Poland at youth level in the past, was very vocal right from the start of the match, as he gave instructions out to his teammates. This was something that Kacper did really well throughout the game. However, the game didn’t get off to the best start for Potters Bar, after they gave away a free-kick near their penalty area, early on in the game. Kacper lined up his wall well, but could do nothing to stop Ben Marlow’s excellent curling free-kick from going into the top left hand corner of the goal, despite Spurs loanee Kacper being at full stretch, as he tried to get to the ball. A couple of minutes later Ben Marlow tried to score a second goal, but his powerful low effort from distance was well saved low down by the alert Kurylowicz, who managed to clear it away well with his hands.

After meeting a cross inside the Potters Bar box, from the right flank, Frankie Merrifield connected with the ball. However, his powerful headed effort which was saved really well by the very alert Kurylowicz from close range, wouldn’t have counted as the referee sounded his whistle for a foul that happened inside the penalty area. Bishop’s Stortford continued to play really well, and after a Bishop’s Stortford player tried to stop Kacper from gathering the ball inside his box, the goalkeeper managed to get a hand on the ball, before then making himself look big and saving an effort from Jack Thomas with his chest, after closing down his angles well. Frankie Merrifield struck Kacper’s crossbar shortly after, with an excellent effort from distance, before Kacper gathered a long cross from Sam Robbins. Not long before half-time Bishop’s Stortford doubled their lead, after Kurylowicz rushed out of his goal but unfortunately collided with Frankie Merrifield. The ball then came out to Ryan Charles, whose initial effort was cleared really well off the line by a Potters Bar defender. However, the defender waited for Kacper to return to gather the ball instead of clearing it. And in the end, just as Kacper was about to gather the ball, Charles managed to finish from close range.

During the second half Kurylowicz made a good early recovery inside his penalty area, to gather the ball at the feet of Ryan Charles, at the vital moment. Kacper then gathered a good Bishop’s Stortford free-kick at the second time of asking, before then punching clear a cross from the left flank. Continuing to have a busy game during the second half, Kacper came rushing off his line to gather a lofted forward pass. A little while after Kurylowicz managed to shield off Anthony Church, from a corner-kick, before punching the ball away and winning a free-kick. He then did well to push away a low effort from distance from Ryan Charles. Soon after the Spurs goalkeeper comfortably saved Darren Foxley’s free-kick effort. Bishop’s Stortford made it 3-0 late on in the game, after Foxley did well to win the ball inside the Potters Bar box, before Jonny Giles hit a low and unstoppable effort into the bottom left hand corner of Kacper’s goal. Kacper is still adapting to playing at this level, where the style of football is very different to category one Academy football. This was only his third game for Potters Bar, but I didn’t think that he was at fault for any of the goals, and I thought that he looked confident, and also made some good saves as well.

Kacper Kurylowicz will be hoping to start Potters Bar’s next game, which is against Haringey Borough, on Saturday afternoon.

Some notes on Spurs loanee Troy Parrott’s performance against Wycombe Wanderers:

Troy Parrott (19) completed the whole of MK Dons’s League One match with Wycombe Wanderers, at Adams Park on Saturday afternoon. The Spurs loanee started the match up front, as a forward, and would lead the line for the majority of the game, until Connor Wickham came on in the second half. MK Dons won the game 1-0. Early on in the match Parrott received a pass from Scott Twine, he then entered the Wycombe penalty area after going on a forward run with the ball, following some good movement off the ball. However, the Republic of Ireland international was crowded out by Wycombe defenders, and had to pass the ball back to a teammate, despite it initially looking like a promising move. MK Dons took the lead in the 13th minute of the game, after Theodor Corbeanu’s low cross from the right wasn’t gathered properly by the Wycombe goalkeeper, and Scott Twine was able finish from inside the Wycombe box. However, Parrott had made a good and well timed run into the Wycombe penalty area, and this could have possibly distracted the Wycombe goalkeeper, David Stockdale, for the goal.

I noticed at the game today, that during the first half Troy was giving out advice to teammates, dropping deep quite a bit to get on the ball, and also looking confident on the pitch. After latching onto Tennai Watson’s pass down the right hand side of the Wycombe box, Parrott tried his luck on goal, with a powerful effort. However, goalkeeper David Stockdale managed to gather his effort at his near post. Wycombe defender Ryan Tafazolli could often be seen trying to mark Parrott during the first half, and often following him when he dropped deep into midfield. After receiving Theodor Corbeanu’s pass on the right hand side of the Wycombe penalty area, Troy attempted to find a teammate at the back post, who was in space. However, Wycombe defender Anthony Stewart did well to get to the ball, and put it behind for a corner-kick. Continuing to work really hard defensively for the team, Troy Parrott saw a half chance come his way, fairly early on in the second half. A cross into the Wycombe box came Theodor Corbeanu’s way, and his headed effort hit the crossbar. The ball then came to Parrott, but with some Wycombe defenders around him, his effort which lacked power was saved relatively comfortably by David Stockdale.

After receiving a yellow card in the 67th minute of the game, Troy seemed to move out more to the right flank, following the introduction of Connor Wickham, shortly afterwards. I was impressed with how much ground Troy covered during the second half, and he could often be seen defending inside the MK Dons box. Late on in the match Troy received a clever pass from Connor Wickham, down the right side of the Wycombe box, but with no support he had to try his luck on goal, and his effort was blocked behind for a corner-kick off of Ryan Tafazolli. This was a really hardworking performance from the Dublin born Spurs loanee, and there were about three or four occasions during today’s game when Troy had got into some really good goalscoring positions, after making some good runs. On another day he would have had the ball played into feet at least twice, in those situations.

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.

Some notes on Spurs loanee J’Neil Bennett’s performance against Wolves Under 21’s:

Spurs loanee J’Neil Bennett completed 68 minutes of League One side Crewe Alexandra’s 3-0 Papa John’s Trophy win over Wolves Under 21’s, in their final group game of this seasons competition. The 19 year old winger started up front with Mikael Mandron for the home side, in their game at The Mornflake Stadium. Bennett’s first involvement of the game came after Oliver Finney passed the ball to him on the left flank. The Spurs player then cut inside with the ball, taking it towards the edge of the Wolves penalty area, before trying to find the top right hand corner of the Wolves goal, with a fine and powerful effort. However, the Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy made a fine save to stop Bennett’s effort from going into the goal. A couple of minutes later Bennett received a short corner kick on the right flank. He then worked his way into the Wolves penalty area, before having a cross blocked. After Mikael Mandron gave the ball to Bennett on the edge of the Wolves box, Bennett tried a side-footed effort on goal, but John Ruddy was able to save it relatively comfortably.

After receiving the ball down the left flank this time, J’Neil went on a forward run at pace. He eventually passed the ball to a teammate (Mikael Mandron), and him and another teammate managed to work a goal between them, to make it 1-0. Not long afterwards Bennett managed to get onto a loose ball, he then played a one-two with Mandron, before receiving the ball inside the Wolves penalty area. However, his resulting effort on goal was saved by the Wolves goalkeeper, although Bennett was put off by a challenge from a Wolves defender. A cross into the Wolves box by Michael Williams was met by J’Neil Bennett at the back post of John Ruddy’s goal, but J’Neil’s looping headed effort went just over the goal. Always involved in the first half, Bennett continued to put in a strong performance during the remainder of the half. After going on a great run on the right flank, past a couple of Wolves players, J’Neil had a pass to a teammate intercepted by a Wolves defender inside their penalty area. A couple of minutes later he just missed Josh Lundstram’s cross into the Wolves box. 

Just before half-time, J’Neil’s last real notable involvement of the half and the game came, as a clever flick from the Spurs player, who had little space to go with the ball on the right flank, gave the ball to Josh Lundstram. This eventually led to Mikael Mandron scoring his second goal of the game.

Some notes on Spurs loanee J’Neil Bennett’s performance against Burton Albion:

Spurs loanee J’Neil Bennett completed the whole of Crewe Alexandra’s 2-0 League One win over Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon. It was a home debut to remember for the 19 year old, who was involved in the opening goal for Crewe, before then scoring his first goal at senior level, late on in the game. Bennett started the match at The Mornflake Stadium out on the left flank, and his first real involvement in the game came fairly early on. After receiving the ball on the left flank the winger went past Burton defender John Brayford before finding Scott Robertson on the edge of the Burton penalty area. However, the ball eventually ended up coming back to Bennett, who managed to find a teammate who came close to scoring the opening goal of the game. A couple of minutes later J’Neil found another teammate inside the Burton box, with a good cross. However, his teammate was marginally offside when he headed the ball just over the goal. Bennett played a big part in Crewe’s opening goal of the game, in the tenth minute of the match. After receiving Callum Ainley’s pass Bennett entered the left side of the Burton box, he then tried his luck on goal with a low effort, but it took a big deflection off of Michael Bostwick before going into the back of the net.

I noticed during the opening stages of the match that J’Neil was pressing well, staying high whenever the opposition had corner kicks and also switching flanks on occasions. A good run from the Spurs man down the left came to an end when John Brayford managed to win the ball, but then a matter of moments later Bennett had an effort blocked by Burton defender Conor Shaughnessy, after cutting inside from the left flank. Then after again cutting inside onto his right foot he tried his luck with an effort on goal from the edge of the Burton box, but goalkeeper Ben Garratt comfortably saved his effort, as it came at him in a fairly central position. Just before the end of the first half Bennett had a cross cleared from the left flank. At the beginning of the second half J’Neil ended up receiving a pass from Callum Ainley down the left flank. He then worked his way into the Burton penalty area before whipping in a promising cross right across the face of the Burton goal. Burton had a man sent off in the 67th minute of the game. A good run down the left flank by Bennett ended in him knocking the ball past John Brayford and then passing the ball to a teammate, but the move then ended up coming to an end despite showing promise. A teammate then played a free-kick short to Bennett on the left flank, and he then skilfully went past Jonny Smith, before having a low cross cleared.

A lofted pass from Josh Lundstram to Bennett on the left flank saw him go on a really good forward run. Bennett eventually cut inside into the Burton box, before then hitting a low effort on goal, which went past goalkeeper Ben Garratt and into the back of the net to win the game for Crewe, and it clearly meant a lot to him. J’Neil made a really good impact on today’s game, he was very direct with the ball and worked hard off the ball.

Some notes on Spurs loanee Brandon Austin’s performance against New York Red Bulls: 

Brandon Austin made his fourth consecutive MLS appearance for Orlando City SC on Sunday, as Orlando took on New York Red Bulls at the Exploria Stadium. Orlando lost the game 2-1. In the sixth minute of the match New York Red Bulls took the lead, after Cristian Cásseres Jr. came inside onto his left foot on the edge of the Orlando penalty area. He then curled the ball (Austin saw it late) into the top left hand corner of Brandon Austin’s goal, leaving the 22 year old with no chance of saving it. Austin comfortably gathered Fábio’s deflected, looping effort on goal, before saving Wikelman Carmona’s effort from distance, late in the first half. In the second half Austin gathered an early cross from Kyle Duncan, before then gathering another ball into the Orlando box, not long afterwards. The Orlando goalkeeper did well to hold a powerful cross from Cásseres Jr. at his near post. However, once again Austin could do nothing to prevent New York Red Bulls’ second goal of the game. After receiving the ball inside the Orlando penalty area Fábio managed to shrug off an Orlando defender, before then powerfully curling the ball inside the bottom left corner of Austin’s goal. In the final moments of the game Brandon came out of his penalty area to clear the ball away from Tom Barlow.

My end of season Spurs Academy loanees reviews (2020/21):

With the 2020/21 season now finished thoughts will now turn to the 2021/22 season, with pre-season beginning very soon. However, over the course of the 2020/21 season a really good number of Spurs’ Academy players went out on loans to other clubs. For those players who went out on loan who are still at Spurs, I will be writing a short piece on each player, talking about their time out on loan. Regardless of how many games that they played for their respective loan clubs, every player would have gained invaluable experience by being around a competitive senior football team on a day to day basis. Well done to all of the Spurs Academy loanees of the 2020/21 season.

The players:

Brandon Austin: Goalkeeper Brandon Austin (22) is actually still out on loan with Orlando City SC in the MLS, and he has played the last three competitive matches for the MLS side. Austin joined Orlando on loan back in January, and their MLS season only started in April of this year. Peru international Pedro Gallese is Orlando’s first choice goalkeeper, but he has been away on international duty with Peru in the Copa América. This has allowed Austin to get invaluable game time for Orlando, where he has so far made three appearances for them in the MLS, and in those three games he has impressed me by putting in some really mature performances. After making his debut in a 3-2 win over Toronto FC, Austin followed this up by keeping a clean sheet against San Jose Earthquakes, before then making a crucial early save in a 2-1 away win over Inter Miami CF only last week. As Peru have advanced to the quarter finals of the Copa América, Brandon will most likely play against New York Red Bulls on Sunday. This is a really great loan move for Brandon, and hopefully he will get quite a few more games during further international games for Pedro Gallese. This is actually Austin’s second loan move, after he spent the second half of the 2019/20 season out on loan at Danish side Viborg FF, a loan move where he impressed by putting in some really strong performances. I wish Brandon all the very best of luck for the remainder of his loan at Orlando, and I look forward to seeing the very talented and commanding young goalkeeper back at Spurs in the future.

Joshua Oluwayemi: Last season as a first year professional Joshua Oluwayemi went out on his first ever loan move. Oluwayemi joined National League side Maidenhead United in the autumn of 2020, and while he was at Maidenhead he was the second choice goalkeeper, with Taye Ashby-Hammond the first choice goalkeeper for Maidenhead, when Joshua was there. The penalty saving specialist only made two appearances for the team from County Berkshire, making his debut as a substitute in a league game against Altrincham. The 20 year old made one further appearance for Maidenhead, with that coming in a 3-2 FA Trophy defeat to Weymouth FC. He returned to Spurs not long after that game, and would become the main goalkeeper for the Spurs Under 23 side during the second half of the season.

Jubril Okedina: A player who had a really good first loan at then League Two side Cambridge United, 20 year old defender Jubril Okedina played really, really well whenever I saw him play for the Cambridgeshire based club during the second half of the 2020/21 season (he joined Cambridge United in the January of 2021). The versatile defender made 15 appearances (14 came in League Two) for Mark Bonner’s side, who would end up winning promotion to League One. Okedina particularly impressed me in games against Crawley Town and Carlisle United during his time at Cambridge United, with his fine reading of the game resulting in him looking very comfortable playing senior football in central defence. Although he made his debut playing at right-back, Okedina played the rest of his games at RCB, and he looked really assured in that position, after starting the 2020/21 season really well for the Spurs Under 23 side. Okedina is a player who I’m really hoping will get a chance to play for the Spurs first team in pre-season, and then maybe go out on another loan move. It will be interesting to see whether Jubril returns to Cambridge United on loan, a club that former Spurs player Shilow Tracey has returned to after also spending the second half of last season on loan there.

Cameron Carter-Vickers: Central defender Cameron Carter-Vickers made 26 appearances on loan at AFC Bournemouth last season, scoring one goal and registering one assist. Carter-Vickers (23) rarely missed a game during the second half of the season for the Championship side, and he was defensively solid and impressed many fans, as he helped Bournemouth to reach the Championship Play-Offs. This was Carter-Vickers’ sixth loan move, but it was arguably his best so far. The USA international did well last pre-season for Spurs, and it will certainly be interesting to see whether he goes on another loan move this summer.

Malachi Fagan-Walcott: Unfortunately what looked like a great loan move to Scotland’s second division was ended early on by an injury to centre-half Malachi Fagan-Walcott. The 19 year old had only returned from an injury back in the January of 2021 for the Spurs Under 23 side, before then joining Dundee FC on loan for the rest of that season. Fagan-Walcott made his Dundee FC debut against Raith Rovers in a 3-1 defeat, but he impressed the Dundee fans in that game. However, the England youth international only made one further competitive appearance for Dundee, before suffering a season ending injury. Hopefully Malachi will be back for pre-season of the 2021/22 campaign.

TJ Eyoma: Decisive and composed defender TJ Eyoma made an incredible 52 competitive appearances for League One side Lincoln City last season (scoring one goal). During his second loan at Lincoln City, the 21 year old played both as an RCB and as a right-back. Eyoma was consistent, and he put in some very good performances over the course of the season, even playing in central defence for Lincoln in the League One play-off final at Wembley, which Lincoln unfortunately lost. I watched a good number of Eyoma’s games last season, and considering that this was his first full season of playing competitive senior football, I thought that he did really well. And just the sheer amount of games that he played says a lot for how consistently good he was. There was one league game in particular against Portsmouth at Fratton Park in the January of this year which really stands out. Playing as a right-back in that game TJ went on some excellent forward runs down the right flank, while also staying deep and defending really well when he had to against Portsmouth’s Ronan Curtis. It was a brilliant performance from the former England youth international, and he is another player who I am hoping to see get a good amount of games for the Spurs first team this pre-season.

Oliver Skipp: Defensive midfielder Oliver Skipp (20) made an impressive 47 competitive appearances for the 2020/21 Championship champions Norwich City, last season. Skipp was ever present in the side that comfortably won promotion to the Premier League, and the England Under 21 international who featured at this years Under 21 European Championships, was yet another of the Spurs Academy players who did very well out on loan. The footballer from Welwyn Garden City was a really solid player for Norwich City over the course of the season, and he only missed one league game last season, and that was because of injury. The player who scored one goal and registered two assists with Norwich, will hopefully add to his total of 23 competitive first team appearances for Spurs’ first team next season. He showed out on loan with Norwich that he is more than ready to play competitive senior football at a very high level.

Harvey White: Creative central midfielder Harvey White (19) was yet another player who would have definitely benefitted from spending time out on loan during the second half of last season with Portsmouth. The player from Kent started the 2020/21 season really well with the Spurs Under 23 side, and he scored three goals and registered seven assists during the first half of that season. White also made two competitive appearances for the Spurs first team. The left footed midfielder made 22 appearances for Portsmouth last season, scoring one goal (it was a brilliant headed goal from the edge of the penalty area) and registering one assist. Although he wasn’t always a starter, especially after Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett left his role at the club, Harvey was yet another player who went out on loan and showed a real hunger and desire to impress on the pitch. Particularly impressive in games against the likes of Oxford United and Northampton Town, White showed his fine passing ability and reading of the game, as well as looking to get on the ball and keep things moving in the central areas of the pitch. It will be interesting to see whether Harvey does return to Portsmouth on loan for the 2021/22 season.

Jack Clarke: Although not a Spurs Academy player, former Leeds United player Jack Clarke did make eight competitive appearances for Spurs’ Under 23 side during the first half of last season, scoring two goals and registering one assist. The 20 year old England youth international joined Championship side Stoke City for the second half of the 2020/21 season, making 14 appearances and registering two assists. The York born winger wasn’t always a starter for Stoke, but he was very direct and forward thinking during the games that I watched him play (his performance against Watford stood out). The player who made his first team competitive debut for Spurs last season could well feature again for Spurs in pre-season this year, and it will be interesting to see whether or not he will go out on another loan move this summer.

Troy Parrott: Republic of Ireland international Troy Parrott (19) joined Championship side Millwall (Troy’s first loan) on loan during the summer of 2020. After scoring two goals for Millwall during pre-season things were looking good for the start of the season. However, after picking up an injury Parrott had to wait until September of 2020 to make his competitive debut for Millwall, but early on in that game he picked up another injury which ruled him out until November. He did go on to make 13 further appearances for Millwall, but he ended up leaving them in January to return to Spurs, before then going out on loan to League One side Ipswich Town. At Ipswich Parrott often played almost as a second striker, and I must say that his runs and movement off the ball was just like watching him play at Academy level for Spurs over the years. He did end up scoring two goals for Ipswich during the second half of the season, with the first goal coming in an impressive performance against Plymouth Argyle, while the second goal was against Fleetwood Town on the final day of the season. There must have been times over the course of the season that weren’t easy for Troy, especially when he was injured, but he always gave 100% and was always very unselfish in his play. Troy is yet another player who it will be really interesting to see where he goes next season out on loan, or if he does end up staying around at Spurs. It is worth noting that he did put in an excellent second half performance for the Republic of Ireland in an international friendly against Andorra recently, when Troy scored two goals.