It was a good and solid all round performance from 20 year old Spurs loanee TJ Eyoma for Lincoln City on Tuesday night, as they beat Portsmouth (Harvey White was an unused substitute) 1-0 at Fratton Park in a League One game. Eyoma operated at right-back as Lincoln lined up in a back four, and he was arguably one of their most impressive players during the game. Staying deep when he needed to, but also making intelligent forward runs on occasions as well, the England youth international completed the whole of the match. Early on in the game the Londoner did quite well to stop Republic of Ireland international and Portsmouth winger Ronan Curtis from getting past him with the ball, down Eyoma’s right hand side, and while it was nothing too important, it was good that Eyoma did stop Curtis from travelling forward with the ball. After Portsmouth right-back Callum Johnson received the ball down the right flank the 24 year old delivered the ball into the Lincoln penalty area, towards Curtis at the back post. However, Eyoma watched Curtis carefully and he got to the ball in time to make a good and important headed clearance. A couple of minutes later the Spurs man headed away a Ronan Curtis free kick from inside the box, as the game started at a good pace. The alert TJ Eyoma then did well to cut out Andy Cannon’s attempted pass to John Marquis inside the Lincoln box (Lincoln were the better team early on in the game). Eyoma was getting up and down the right flank well during the first half, and his decision making in general was good.
Portsmouth left-back Lee Brown attempted to get past Eyoma down his flank, but the Lincoln defender did really well to hold off the Portsmouth player, get on the ball and drive forward with it before passing it to Jorge Grant who was fouled by Jack Watmough, who was then shown a red card. After receiving Anthony Scully’s pass out on the right flank, Eyoma was in an advanced position and he sent in a low whipped cross into the Portsmouth box, which went across the face of the goal (the final real piece of action from the first half, that TJ was involved in). Having kept Ronan Curtis quiet during the first half, Eyoma’s first involvement in the game in the second half came as a result of him getting in an advanced position. Jorge Grant tried to slip the ball into the path of Eyoma after he had made an intelligent run down the right hand side of the Portsmouth box, but a defender managed to intercept the ball in time. Soon afterwards Eyoma cleared a free kick from Ronan Curtis, as the Portsmouth players looked for a handball, but the referee was having none of it. Operating almost as a winger/wingback during the second half as Lincoln went in search of a winner, TJ’s constant forward runs down the right flank were rewarded in the 79th minute of the game. After receiving Jorge Grant’s pass down the right hand side of the Portsmouth box, Eyoma cleverly got past Curtis before putting the ball agonisingly across the face of the goal.
Eyoma’s cross was latched onto inside the Portsmouth box by Conor McGrandles, who passed the ball to Morgan Rogers who finished from close range. Eyoma did drop deeper after Lincoln had scored the opener, as he looked to help them hold onto their lead during the closing stages of the game. The Spurs man did concede a free kick in quite a promising position for Portsmouth, not long after the game started again. However, the resulting effort from Ronan Curtis went high and wide, as Lincoln held on to claim a precious three points, in what was another good and influential performance from Eyoma.
Spurs striker Troy Parrott completed just over 62 minutes of Millwall’s 3-0 defeat to Bristol City on Saturday afternoon in the fourth round of the FA Cup, as they were knocked out of the competition. Millwall played in what seemed to be a 4231 formation, with Parrott playing just off centre forward Kenneth Zohore during his time on the pitch. The Republic of Ireland international who turns 19 next month, had a low early effort from distance blocked by a Bristol City defender. Not long after that, Parrott sprayed a good pass out to Tom Bradshaw on the right hand side of the pitch, to start off a decent Millwall move. After picking the ball up on the left flank Kenneth Zohore went forward with the ball before looking to pass to Parrott who was waiting on the edge of the Bristol City penalty area. Zohore’s cross/pass deflected off a Bristol City player before bouncing in front of Parrott, but his effort on the half volley was straight at goalkeeper Max O’Leary, although he could have possibly passed the ball to Bradshaw, who was running forward down the right (Bristol City took the lead soon after). Parrott was pressing well and working hard off the ball even though there weren’t a lot of goal scoring chances, he did however, make a couple of good passes into empty spaces out on the right flank. The Dubliner wasn’t involved very much in the second half of the game, and a run across the Bristol City penalty area into a promising position where he could have had the ball played into his feet, just before Alex Pearce had an effort saved by O’Leary from the edge of box, was the closest that Troy came to really influencing the game in the final third in that second half (he was replaced on 62 minutes, with Millwall 2-0 down).
Although Parrott hasn’t been directly involved in a goal in any of his 14 competitive appearances for Millwall this season, he is working hard on the pitch and he is getting really valuable competitive senior game time. Of course his confidence is probably a little bit low, which is only natural if you’re a centre forward who hasn’t scored for a while. However, he is an excellent young player and a very special finisher too, and I’ve no doubts whatsoever that once he gets that first goal then more will follow. He has already shown his versatility for Millwall so far, which is a good thing and of course he was injured throughout the early parts of the season as well, which must have been difficult. Millwall’s next game is at home to Watford in the Championship, on Tuesday night.
Talented young Spurs goalkeeper Brandon Austin (22) has joined American MLS side Orlando City on loan for six months, with the option for another six months. Austin has been a regular for our under 23 side this season making eight appearances, and after a successful loan at Danish Second Division side Viborg FF in the second half of last season, Austin joins a very competitive league where competition for a place in the Orlando City side will surely be big. Oscar Pareja’s Orlando side seem to have Peru international Pedro Gallese as their main goalkeeper, with Brian Rowe also getting minutes during last season, so it will be a great challenge for Austin to try and make that number one goalkeeping spot his own. An extremely consistent performer for our youth sides since joining the club full-time in 2015, the former Chelsea schoolboy has demonstrated time and time again his quality as a shot stopper. He is also very good at commanding his box and organising the defence in front of him. The goalkeeper’s new side will I believe play in the Eastern Conference in the 2021 MLS season, where they will face teams like New York City, Atlanta United and The Montreal Impact. Orlando finished in fourth place in the Eastern Conference last season, and they also made the quarter finals of the play offs, with well known former Manchester United player Nani helping them to achieve that. Austin’s loan move to Viborg FF during the last January transfer window would have been really beneficial to him, and while in Denmark he was Viborg’s number one goalkeeper, and he really helped finish the season strongly, making many a fine save in the Danish Second Division.
Called up regularly for England’s under 21 side over the last year, the goalkeeper from Hemel Hempstead is such a good all round goalkeeper in my opinion. I think that from watching him play last season, that he had got even better with his kicking, and just got even better as a goalkeeper all round. A player who has terrific reflexes, Austin is a player who has great potential, and who I strongly believe could play for Spurs’ first team in the future (he signed a new contract with the club last year which runs until 2022). This loan move will challenge Austin even further, and when he plays he will come up against some very good forwards, and I’ve actually watched a lot of MLS football during the season just gone as I’ve been watching ex-Spurs player Luis Binks play, and it’s a really competitive league. I believe that this is a great loan for Brandon’s development, and it will be a great experience for him. The 2021 MLS season hasn’t started yet, so Brandon will have a lot of time to settle in at his new club before the new season starts. This will be a great step up for Austin, he is a real leader in teams, and he is always confident and composed in his box. He showed that he could adapt to playing in a different country in a new league for him in Denmark, and so I’ve no doubts that this will be a successful loan spell for the 22 year old despite the obvious competition for a place in the side, and I’m sure that he will rise to the challenge. I would like to wish Brandon all the very best of luck for this loan move, and I very much look forward to watching him play in the MLS this season.
This afternoon it was announced that promising Spurs youngster Harvey White had joined League One side Portsmouth on loan until the end of the season. Coincidentally joining the team who he scored his first and only goal in senior competitive football against, in the EFL Trophy back in 2018. The 19 year old left footed central midfielder joins a talented Portsmouth side who are challenging to get promoted to the Championship this season. A regular for our under 23 side this season, White has ten goal involvements for Wayne Burnett’s side (three goals and seven assists) from 11 appearances. The Maidstone born player and England youth international also played for Spurs’ first team in a good number of games this pre-season, impressing against Championship sides during those friendlies. White also played twice for the Spurs first team in competitive games this season, with his most recent appearance coming against non-League side Marine in the FA Cup. Portsmouth seem to have changed their formation a fair bit this season, so it will be interesting to see where White is played during the remainder of the season. Will he fill in at left back on occasions? As a versatile player it will be interesting to see whether he ends up playing more football there (he would be competing with regular left back Lee Brown), or in central midfield, or even further forward as a CAM where he could really show the excellent creative side of his game. However, whereever he plays for Kenny Jackett’s side, White will most importantly be getting regular game time at senior competitive level, in a league that will no doubt provide the young midfielder with invaluable experience.
Portsmouth currently have Andy Cannon, Ben Close and Tom Naylor (captain) as their senior central midfielders, so for now Harvey will be competing with them for a place in the Portsmouth team. A very reliable, consistent, hardworking and creative midfield player, Harvey White is a very technical player who has been at Spurs for most of his life. Able to anchor and patrol the midfield and keep things moving in the central areas of the pitch as well as breaking up play, White has also demonstrated time and time again at both under 18 and under 23 level for Spurs his ability to step forward with the ball and make adventurous and defence splitting forward passes. He may not be of big build yet, but he is deceptively strong and quick, and he is a brave player too, who like Oliver Skipp before him is not at all afraid to use his body to stop the ball and make blocks. Good with both feet but extremely strong with his left foot, the Spurs youngster is somewhat of an expert set piece taker, and more often than not he puts the ball right on the head of one of his teammates from free-kicks and corner kicks, something which could come in very useful for Portsmouth. A fine reader of the game and somebody who has a great footballing brain for such a young player, White has registered a lot of assists at youth level for Spurs over the years. He possesses great vision and also has an eye for goal and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he got a couple goals for the south coast club during the remainder of the season, especially when you consider that he is so so good at scoring free-kicks which are from the edge of the box, and also penalties.
The Englishman has been superb for our various youth sides since joining Spurs full-time in 2018, and he has shown his ability to help out the defence, work incredibly hard for the team and create quality chances too. Harvey is a really exciting young player who is capable of dictating games from midfield, and I strongly believe that this is the perfect loan for him, and one which will develop him even further as a player. His forward passing and set piece taking will create so many chances for the Portsmouth forwards, that I am sure of. He offers a lot as a midfielder and I am really looking forward to following his progress at Portsmouth and also doing a fair few write ups of his matches for them (Portsmouth play AFC Wimbledon tomorrow night). I would like to wish Harvey a very successful loan spell, and I look forward to seeing him return to Spurs in the summer.
Dublin born Republic of Ireland international and young Spurs loanee Troy Parrott completed 81 minutes of Millwall’s two-nil FA Cup third round victory against Boreham Wood, on Saturday afternoon. Parrott (18) played off lone centre forward Kenneth Zohore, mainly operating down the left hand side, as Gary Rowett’s Millwall side lined up in a 3-4-3 formation. Early on in the game Millwall created a good chance after Parrott played a one-two with Zohore before firing a low effort just wide of Boreham Wood goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore’s left hand post, from quite far out. After a Boreham Wood free-kick was intercepted Millwall broke forward down the other end of the pitch as Parrott picked up the ball and went forward showing good speed, before eventually playing the ball through to Tyler Burey whose first touch let him down. Looking quite sharp early on in the game, and soon after trying to play Burey through he managed another attempt at goal. Dan McNamara’s ball into the Boreham Wood box from the right was headed down by Zohore to Parrott, but his first time effort on goal was deflected behind for a corner kick off of David Stephens. After receiving Ryan Leonard’s pass Parrott travelled into the oppositions penalty area before curling the ball narrowly wide of the goalkeepers left hand post. A Scott Malone corner kick came to Jake Cooper who headed the ball down to Troy Parrott in the box, and with his back to goal his flicked effort towards the goal was cleared off of the line by Kane Smith. Millwall took the lead soon afterwards as Parrott received the ball, before flicking it to Malone who then found Zohore who finished well from inside the box. The Irishman volleyed wide a cross a couple of moments later, in what was his last piece of action from the first half.
The beginning of the second half saw Parrott have an effort on goal from the edge of the Boreham Wood box deflected behind for a corner. He then took a free-kick in a promising position, which went high over the Boreham Wood crossbar, before threading a pass through to substitute Tom Bradshaw (it took a deflection off of Femi Ilesanmi) which put the Welshman through on goal. Parrott then delivered a cross into the box which was cleared, before a couple of minutes later receiving a pass from Ryan Woods and latching onto it inside the oppositions box, but his touch let him down and it ran through to the goalkeeper Nathan Ahsmore.
20 year old defender, Spurs academy player and development side captain Jubril Okedina has enjoyed a really fine two and a half seasons, since the beginning of the 2018/19 season. A versatile, adaptable and hardworking defender, Okedina hardly featured in a competitive game for our under 18 side as a first year scholar, mainly due to injury. However, the youngster from south London has become stronger and stronger since getting a good run of competitive games at a youth level, and yesterday it was announced by Spurs on Twitter that Jubril had signed a new contract with the club, and also joined League Two side Cambridge United on loan until the end of the season. A fantastic loan move for Jubril in my opinion, the player who has yet to experience competitive first team football, will now get the chance to test himself further, by being at a League Two side who are just five points off top spot in the league standings. The player who is comfortable at playing as a right back and as a centre half, is in my opinion a very well rounded player, who can also go forward and make an impact in the final third. The former Beths Grammar School pupil is currently the joint top scorer for our under 23 side with three goals, something which he has added to his game during the current campaign. Good in the air and strong on the ground, Jubril is a very good player technically speaking, and he is a good passer and crosser of the ball. He also has good pace which is a really good thing for a defender to have, but I think that his greatest attribute is his reading of the game, as well as his well-roundedness as a defender and ability to get tight to his man. I’ve been doing some research on the current Cambridge United side and the second year professional will be mainly competing with former West Ham United player Kyle Knoyle (Knoyle is the main right back) and Leon Davies for the right back spot.
Cambridge United play with a back four, but it will be interesting to see where Okedina plays the most, between centre half and right back. At centre half the main players for Cambridge United who play in central defence are Greg Taylor, Harry Darling and Robbie Cundy. 35 year old Cambridge United boss Mark Bonner and his side will be preparing for a League Two game against Harrogate Town on Saturday afternoon, and it will be interesting to see whether Okedina goes straight into the match-day squad. If not then, then he could well be included in the side that takes on Oxford United in the Papa John’s Trophy next week. I’m sure that Okedina will get a good amount of game time at the the League Two Club, and I’ve no doubts whatsoever that the young defender will gain invaluable experience from his loan move, which will make him an even stronger player for when he returns to Spurs. I’m a big fan of Okedina as a player, and I really admire just how consistent he has been at both right back and centre half for our under 23 side over the last season and a half. The player who likes to go on good overlapping forward runs can hopefully contribute a lot for Cambridge, both in a defensive and an attacking sense to a degree. The player who made the bench for José Mourinho’s Spurs first team in a friendly against Watford back in pre-season, will be eager to get going at Cambridge United. I wish him a very successful loan spell, and I shall be following his progress at the club, and I do plan on watching their league game against Harrogate Town on Saturday.
Spurs youngster Oliver Skipp (19) joined Sky Bet Championship side Norwich City on loan for the 2020/21 season yesterday. An excellent loan move and opportunity for the teenager from Welwyn Garden City to impress and show his quality, Skipp has been a star of the Tottenham academy set up for some time now, and he has also already made 23 competitive appearances for Spurs’ first team. The England under 21 international who excelled at under 18 and 23 level since bursting onto the scene as a schoolboy during the 2016/17 season, Skipp’s combative and physical style of play has also seen him adapt well to first team football during the times that he has played for Spurs. Having been at Spurs since a very young age the boyhood Tottenham fan has been immersed in the footballing philosophies of the club, and Spurs manager Jose Mourinho even said that he sees him as a future captain of the club. Having outgrown under 23 football despite his young age Skipp didn’t feature at all for the development side last season, and the season before that he only featured on a handful of occasions. That’s why a loan move was probably best in his personal development as a player, just like it is for Troy Parrott who recently moved to Millwall on a season long loan. Oliver Skipp is an incredibly well rounded defensive minded midfielder who has so many top attributes. Reportedly turning down a number of clubs of which included some Premier League ones to join recently relegated Norwich City, Skipp obviously believes that he has a good chance of becoming a regular starter for the ’ Canaries ‘. Much more than just a number four, Skipp can also play the box to midfield role as he has good pace and vision, and particularly at youth level he would go on long driving forward runs.
Tenacious and strong in the challenge as well as being good in the air, Oliver Skipp can also play at centre half as he demonstrated really well at youth level for Spurs, so it will be interesting to see if he fills in at centre back on occasions next season. However, as it stands and for say Daniel Farke goes with a 4-2-3-1 formation then Skipp will be competing with the likes of Tom Trybull, Alexander Tettey, Kenny McLean, Morirtz Leitner and Mario Vrancic for a place in the Norwich midfield. However, this in my opinion a great club for Skipp to develop his game further and also get regular game time. I look forward to following the young Tottenham mans progress and I shall be reporting on his games when I can.
18 year old Tottenham Hotspur striker Troy Parrott joined Championship club Millwall yesterday on a season long loan. The Republic of Ireland international who is from Dublin and attended the O’Connell School, made some some big strides during the 2019/20 season despite not playing that many games. Parrott is one of if not the most exciting prospect to come out of Ireland in recent years, and the young man who has represented the Republic of Ireland at every level from under 15 has risen up the ranks quite remarkably since making his under 18 debut for Spurs in a league game against Swansea City in February 2018. The tall and very physical centre forward who scored a great number of goals for our under 18’s during his first year of scholarship at Spurs (he scored 15 goals in 10 games), has in my opinion improved remarkably in his all round game during the space of the last year. The former Belvedere player has always been a prolific scorer of goals, somebody who is a clinical finisher who scores a variety of goals but is also dangerous in the air, Parrott has improved on his pace, skill, balance, physicality, decision making and finishing since joining Spurs full time in the summer of 2018. The Dubliner looked far too good for under 18, 19 and 23 football during the season just gone (he contributed to at least one goal during all of the games that he played), with it all looking far too easy for him whenever he did play. He also stepped up during the pre-season of the 2019/20 campaign when he made four appearances for Spurs’ first team. He would also go onto make four appearances for Spurs’ first team in competitive competitions, including two in the Premier League as well as making his full Republic of Ireland debut in a friendly against New Zealand. Parrott is far more than just a goalscorer, a creative player who is intelligent and fairly unselfish in his play, the teenager can lay the ball off to teammates to great effect as well as being able to see a pass and hold the ball up effectively.
A great worker off the ball, this loan represents a fantastic opportunity to develop further as a player. To experience regular men’s football is in my opinion imperative in helping young players improve their game as well as prepare for the future at Spurs. Following in the footsteps of great Spurs striker Harry Kane who was also loaned out to Millwall during his youth, Parrott who reportedly turned down a number of interested clubs including Scottish giants Celtic to sign for the ‘ Lions ‘, has joined a fantastic club to develop at. Managed by a manager who plays quite an attractive but structured style of football in Gary Rowett, Millwall often play with only one centre forward up top. Currently Parrott will be competing with Matt Smith, Tom Bradshaw and Jón Dadi Bödvarsson for a starting berth in the Millwall team unless they play with two centre forwards which is something they did do on occasions in the Championship last season. Even if Millwall do stick with playing with one man up top, Parrott is in fact a versatile forward. He has played for Ireland as a CAM/second striker at youth level and even as a a left winger. Millwall only narrowly missed out on the Championship play offs last season, but with the loan signing of Parrott now completed I have a feeling that they will now achieve the play offs next season. Parrott is still very young but he is a mature player for his age and that will help him to adapt to life in the Championship. What will also help him to adapt is the fact that Millwall have a number of Irish players on their books, of which includes fellow Dubliner and veteran Shaun Williams and winger Shane Ferguson who hails from Tamnaherin in County Derry. The Millwall fans will in my opinion really admire Parrott’s work ethic and pressing, along with the feisty and aggressive side of his game. Parrott, who played at the Den for Spurs’ under 18’s in an FA Youth Cup third round tie back in 2018 will hopefully get good service when he does play for Millwall. And with one of the Championship’s most creative players on Millwall’s books in Jed Wallace (he registered 12 assists in the Championship last season), who with his vision and passing ability could link up really well with the young Irishman, especially when he whips crosses into the box.
To conclude I have nothing but positive things to say about this loan move for Troy as it will be so beneficial for his development in the game, and it will also help his chances of making the Republic of Ireland squad for their important European Championships qualifier against Slovakia in October. I would like to wish Troy all the very best of luck for his season at Millwall and I look forward to following his progress at the ‘ Lions ‘. Having watched the vast majority of Troy’s games for Spurs since he made his under 18 debut it has been an absolute pleasure to watch his rapid progression in the game. Hopefully he will be the first of a good number of our academy players to be loaned out this summer.
Tom Glover: The Australian youth international started his second consecutive game for Central Coast Mariners on Saturday morning, as the A league club took on WS Wanderers away from home. The game finished in a 2-2 draw with Glover making just the one save in the match. Up next for the Mariners is another away game, this time against Perth Glory.
Cameron Carter-Vickers: The 19 year old centre half started yet another game for the blades on Saturday afternoon. As Chris Wilder’s side recorded a 1-0 home victory over Ipswich town at Bramall Lane which means United stay in third position in the championship table. The Spurs loanee who picked up a yellow card in stoppage time, lined up in the centre of a back three, and from the reviews that I’ve been reading it sounds like he had a very good game.
Josh Onomah: Onomah came on as a 73rd minute substitute in Aston Villa’s 2-0 defeat to rivals Wolves on Saturday evening.
Connor Ogilvie: Connor Ogilvie completed the second half of Gillingham’s 1-0 away win over Peterborough, Ogilvie came on as a 46th minute substitute to replace left back Bradley Garmston.
Vincent Janssen: Vincent Janssen came on as a 71st minute substitute, in Fenerbache’s 3-1 league victory over Yeni Malatyaspor on Sunday evening.
Anton Walkes: Anton Walkes completed the whole of Atlanta’s 0-0 draw with New York Red Bulls on Sunday night, in the MLS. The defender played the game at right back.
I haven’t been doing this regularly over the course of this season, but with an international break currently going on, there’s no better time for me to catch up on how our loanees have done over the past week for their respective clubs.
Connor Ogilvie: The 21 year old left was not involved in the gills match day squad for their 1-0 Checkatrade trophy victory over Colchester in midweek. However, the fullback who has gone on to establish himself in the struggling league one side, completed the whole game of Gillingham’s 1-0 home (league) defeat to Portsmouth on Sunday afternoon, Ogilvie played at his favoured position of left back for the game.
Anton Walkes: The versatile young defender wasn’t a part of the Atlanta squad who lost 3-2 at home to Minnesota in midweek. I am unsure whether his absence was down to suspension or injury. The MLS side have only two league fixtures remaining this season.
Tom Glover: The young Australian goalkeeper (19) made his A league debut for Central Coast Mariners on Saturday in their first league game of the season. However, Glover’s side were beaten 5-1 at home by Newcastle Jets, the fact that the young Tom Glover is already starting matches for the Gosford bass club, just shows how highly rated a keeper he is. This loan at CCM will be a great experience for this great Spurs talent, I look forward to seeing his progress over the course of the season.