Development squad and under 18’s both end pre-season with a win:

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Our development squad beat Fulham 4-3 at Hotspur way in a thrilling encounter against the cottagers today. The west London side took the lead on 16 minutes after a harsh penalty was awarded after Kyle Walker-Peters was deemed to have fouled in the box, Fulham scored from the penalty spot. A little over ten minutes later we were awarded our own penalty however, Nathan Oduwa was unable to level from the spot, although we finally equalised on 35 minutes through Anthony Georgiou. Georgiou doubled our lead eight minutes later to get his second of the game. The cottagers levelled on the hour mark before striker Ryan Loft put us ahead, yet Fulham struck back again with six minutes remaining before we got the winner via a Fulham own goal in stoppage time. Meanwhile, our under 18’s defeated Charlton Athletic 2-1 at the Addicks training ground. We went behind shortly after the half hour mark before forward Reo Griffiths levelled for the Lillywhites, and it was centre back Joy Mukena who grabbed the winner late on in the 86th minute. COYS⚽️

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Spurs v Inter Milan: (match preview)

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Venue: Ullevaal Stadion

Date: Friday 5th August, kick off 4pm

Live coverage: ITV4

Head2Heads: Inter 4-1, Spurs 3-0, Spurs 3-1, Inter 4-3.

Tommorow afternoon we face Inter Milan in Oslo, Norway in what will be our last game of pre season before the start of our league campaign to Everton on the 13th of August. We are no strangers to the Italian giants having played some classic ties against them over the years including some thrillers in the champions league and with our remaining first team squad members returning, Pochettino will be hoping his side can star in their last outing before the beginning of the season . Victor Wanyama and Jan Vertonghen didn’t travel to Norway, Wanyama’s visa wasn’t accepted in time whilst Jan Vertonghen is still recovering from an injury he picked up at Euro 2016. Son-Heung Min is on international duty with the South Korean Olympic side ahead of the games in Rio, South Korea face Fiji tomorrow morning. Speculation will be mounting following the absence of  Nacer Chadli, Clinton N’Jie, DeAndre Yedlin, Nabil Bentaleb, who have all been linked with a move away from Spurs. Many of the youngsters that played in Australia have also travelled  having impressed Pochettino down under, tomorrow however is about performing well as a team against a top class opposition as our talented squad looks to impress ahead of next weeks game at Goodison park. I have a feeling tomorrow’s game will provide much excitement and quite a few goals. COYS⚽️

The squad:

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one to watch: Mauro Icardi, Inter’s extremely talented and prolific striker.

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My prediction: 3-1 Spurs with goals from Dele Alli, Vincent Janssen and Shayon Harrison.

 

 

Vincent Janssen: Spurs’s hold talks with Dutch striker.

Vincent Janssen: Spurs’s hold talks with Dutch striker.

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Facts: – Vincent is a 21 year old striker from the town of Heesch in the Netherlands.
– Janssen is 5 foot 10 inches tall.
– Janssen is the son of the former world champion swimmer and Dutch sportswoman of the year, Annemarie Verstappen.
– Vincent has been capped for the Netherlands all the way from the under 15 side to the senior side.
– Janssen has currently scored three goals in five matches for the Dutch senior side.

This morning Sky Sports News announced that Spurs had held talks with last seasons Eredivisie top scorer Vincent Janssen, after his club Az Alkmaar gave him permission to speak to Spurs according to Sky sources. The 21 year old Netherlands international netted 27 goals in 34 games for AZ Alkmaar last season, and Janssen was watched play last Saturday against Austria in an international by our manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Style of play: Janssen is one of Hollands hottest young talents and with his technique it’s not hard to see why. One of Janssen’s best attributes is his ability to shoot with both feet equally which is something even some top strikers lack. Furthermore, Janssen’s technique and instinctive nature is phenomenal, as to is his finishing with his clinical ability making him a deadly force up front. In addition the Dutchman possesses great balance and strength which helps to demonstrate his hold up play. Moreover, it is Janssen’s movement that is one of the Dutchman’s finest attributes, with Janssen often managing to find himself in space to score a goal. In many ways the Dutchman’s attributes are similar to those of our star striker Harry Kane which undoubtedly leaves me in great confidence that Janssen has the potential to become a star for the Lillywhites, if he is to sign.

When will the deal happen?: Taking into consideration Janssen is now off until pre season due to the Netherlands not being involved in Euro 2016, Spurs and AZ Alkmaar can negotiate a deal at their own leisure as well as discussing personal terms with Janssen. However, I would predict that Janssen could be a Spurs player by the end of the week judging by Spurs already being in discussions with the 21 year old. However, ultimately we shall have to see whether things are sorted out in a speedy fashion. Below is a video which i feel showcases the exceptionally talented young Dutchman, in action for both AZ Alkmaar and the Dutch national side over the course of last season. I feel as if Janssen is just the sort of player we need at Spurs ahead of next season and I am hopeful that Spurs can get a deal done for him in the near future.

Marcus Edwards: Tottenham’s dazzling wonder kid

Marcus Edwards: Tottenham’s dazzling wonder kid

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Facts:
– Born in London, England
– Position: CAM (Cente attacking midfielder)
– Attended Winchmore hill school
– Edwards has been capped by England at under 16 and under 17 level
– Marcus is also eligible to represent Cyprus at international level

17 year old Marcus Edwards is a gem with in our youth academy and the starlet is fast becoming one of the most talked about youth prospects in England. A centre attacking midfielder by trade Edwards can also play on the wing, with his prodigious technique and incredible acumen, the weight of Edwards passing is phenomenal as too is the 17 year olds balance and skill. Edwards holds all the attributes that are essential in becoming a world class offensive footballer. A first year scholar, Edwards has been a key player for our under 18s this season and his wonderful performances have been eye catching, most notably his exceptional performance against Arsenal under 18’s where he scored a brace. Edwards has also been involved in a few under 21 matches this campaign which shows how advanced he is in his development at the club. I have seen Marcus play on numerous occasions for the under 18’s and twice for the under 21’s where he shone. In addition i have also seen him play internationally for England under 17’s.

(Edwards pictured below, playing for England under 17s against Italy)

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Marcus has represented England at under 16,17 and most recently at under 18 level and the young Tottenham man has excelled on the international stage for the young lions. Only recently Edwards got two braces for England under 18’s in less than a week against both Austria and the Republic of Ireland. Watching Edwards play is like watching poetry in motion, with his phenomenal ball control and searing pace the 17 year old has the ability to change a game. Edwards can without doubt become a star at White Hart lane for Pochettino’s men in the future, and the 17 year old may not have that long to wait before he makes his debut as the talented Onomah made his senior debut shortly before becoming 18 in the FA cup last season. Edwards reading of the game is quite remarkable for someone so young, his intelligence of the game is as exceptional as his ability with the ball at his feet. Edwards future development still has a long way to go before he’ll be ready for Pochettino’s side. However, with great youth coaches such as Kieran McKenna of the under 18’s and Ugo Ehiogu of the under 21’s at the Tottenham academy, he will be carefully nurtured as he continues to improve. Remember the name!

Below are a couple of videos showing Marcus Edwards in action for both Spurs and England:

 

 

Shayon Harrison: Tottenham’s striking starlet

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Facts:
– Shayon has been at Spurs since he was 9 years old
– Shayon plays as a centre forward
– Shayon is from Hornsey in north London
– As well as being eligible for England, Shayon is also eligible to represent Jamaica at international level.
– Harrison scored 4 goals against Chelsea under 18’s last season.
– Shayon has been part of Pochettino’s travelling senior squad, in some cup games this season.

Shayon Harrison created much excitement amongst the Spurs faithful last week after he netted a hat-trick against Sunderland under 21’s at White Hart lane. Harrison’s highly impressive performance generated a roar of excitement on social media, as many Spurs fans were eager to see Shayon in the first team in the near future, with some even comparing him to Tottenham’s star man Harry Kane. A prolific scorer at both under 18 and under 21 level for Spurs, with Harrison being a star performer for Spurs across the various youth levels. The nimble footed centre forward who is also highly athletic, as well as being very clinical in front of goal, has many great offensive abilities. With his great movement making him extremely potent in the centre of attack, it’s Shayon’s all round ability that is extremely impressive for a man of only 18 years of age. Harrison demonstrated his all round striking ability in his man of the match display against Sunderland under 21’s last week, as Harrison scored a hat-trick in stunning fashion, with the youngster showcasing three highly impressive attributes of his game with in the three goals. Firstly Harrison showed great positioning, as was evident in the first goal as he tucked away from close range after a mishap occurred in Sunderland’s defence. In addition, Shayon also exhibited a great aerial ability as he planted his second of the night in to the bottom right hand corner of the net and thirdly Harrison showed that he has a magnificent shot at his disposal, as he expertly fired his third of the night beyond the Sunderland keeper to secure victory. Furthermore his third goal of the night also showed how very good Harrison’s footwork was, as his dribbling and close ball control played an imperative part in his goal.

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I have seen Harrison play on numerous occasions over past the few seasons for both the under 18’s and under 21’s and I have been extremely impressed with the 18 year old striker, and I thoroughly believe that with all his key attributes and skill that he will become a top striker at Spurs in the future. Furthermore Pochettino is also a big fan of Harrison and in a press conference last year he mentioned Harrison and young forward Kazaiah Sterling as having a great future at the north London club. Harrison is undoubtedly one of Tottenham’s hottest youth prospects and its no wonder that he has highly impressed Pochettino as he has continually shown a great strike rate throughout his time at the club, as well as this season were despite having been injured for a while, the determined Harrison has again produced an impressive amount of goals the under 21’s. Tomorrow night Spurs under 21’s play Manchester United at the lane and Harrison will no doubt be looking to add to his current tally, in what is the under 21’s last game of the premier league season. As Harrison continues to rapidly develop, his chances of making his first team debut become ever closer, and hopefully he shall make his senior next season at the high flying Lillywhites.

Below are some videos in which show some of the matches that the young Shayon Harrison has been involved in and in which he has scored in.

http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/spurs-tv/highlights/barclays-u21-premier-league/u21-barclays-pl–spurs-3-1-sunderland/

George Hunt: An unsung hero of the lane

George Hunt: An unsung hero of the lane

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Facts:
– Born in Mexborough, Yorkshire in 1910.
– Hunt is Tottenham’s sixth all time top scorer with 136 goals in 198 games for the Lillywhites.
– Hunt became the first ever player to move from Spurs to Arsenal in 1937.
– Hunt scored three hat-tricks for Spurs in six games, in March of 1934.
– Hunt ran a car wash department in Bolton after he retired from the game.

If I were to ask 100 Spurs fans who our sixth all time top scorer is, very few would say George Hunt, in fact a fair few of those Spurs fans would probably have never heard of the Tottenham goal machine. George Samuel Hunt was born on the 22nd of February 1910 in Mexborough just outside the city of Rotherham in Yorkshire. The five foot eight inch striker started out at Chesterfield in the 1929-30 season, and the Yorkshireman finished the season at Saltergate with an impressive total of nine goals from 14 appearances. Hunt was given the nickname ‘the Chesterfield tough’ by the fans because of his powerful and pacy displays on the pitch however, in the summer of 1930 Arsenal and Spurs battled it out for the acquisition of the promising young striker. Although it was the Lillywhites that Hunt chose and over the preceding seven seasons, Hunt accumulated a remarkable tally of 138 goals from 198 games for the north London club. Furthermore, Hunt’s prolificness helped Spurs get promoted back into the old first division. The Yorkshireman’s style of play is in fact similar to that of the late Bobby Smith and also our current Spurs star Harry Kane, in the sense that Hunt shared both the centre forwards high energy rates and strong physical build in which made him so potent and hard to shrug off the ball.

Hunt adjusted slowly to life at the lane however he was still scoring the goals although he ultimately couldn’t regain his prolificness in his debut season in which Spurs failed to win promotion. However, in the following seasons at Spurs Hunt Sparkled hitting the back of the net nearly every weekend. The pace in which the centre forward possessed became such a problem for opposition defenders that it resulted in him getting bashed about as they tried all they could do to halt him from scoring. George Hunt was formidable during his time at Tottenham in many ways he was their hero, although he is not as well remembered as someone like Bobby Smith or Jimmy Greaves. I personally believe that is down to the fact that Spurs had yet to endure club glory at that stage in the league. After seven incredible seasons Hunt controversially left Spurs to join Arsenal in October of 1937, and in doing so became the first ever player to go from Spurs to Arsenal. However Hunt’s time at Highbury was far from successful with the forward only managing 3 goals from 21 games. Nonetheless the Gunners won the league that season and Hunt got the winners medal that he deserved.

The Spurs great played for Bolton before ending his career at Sheffield Wednesday in the late 1940’s, he then went on to coach the famous Bolton side of 1958 the year in which they won the FA Cup. Hunt stayed at the Lancashire club for a decade before retiring in 1968, he went on to run a car wash department in Bolton. George Hunt passed away in 1996 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, he was one of he finest strikers of his generation and arguably one of the greatest Spurs players to ever grace the White Hart lane pitch. He created a fantastic impact and legacy at Spurs as he restored our pride at the club through a tough patch in their history, Hunt should be fondly remembered from all at Tottenham Hotspur, he was without doubt a Tottenham Hotspur legend.

Joshua Onomah: Our local wonder kid

Joshua Onomah: Our local wonder kid

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Facts:
– Born in Enfield, London.
– Position: midfielder (CAM)
– Onomah is an academy graduate at Spurs.
– Josh made his first team debut in the FA cup against Burnley in January of last year.
– Joshua was part of the young lions side that won the UEFA under 17 championship in 2014.
– Joshua is also eligible to represent Nigeria and Ghana at international level.
– Joshua has supported Spurs all his life

Joshua Onomah has been the most recent of our academy graduates to have burst on to the scene this season for the senior side, and the Enfield born teenager who has made 18 appearances this season is one of the most exciting young English prospects in the premier league. The 18 year old can play as a centre attacking midfielder, as well as a winger. The nimble footed Joshua has a great dribbling ability which makes him a fullbacks worst nightmare on the wing, in addition Onomah also possess great pace and strength. This combination of attributes resembles a young Paul Pogba, who is now one of the finest midfielders in the world. Furthermore, Onomah’s pace, strength and trickery practised behind the striker again show likeness to Paul Pogba’s offensive talents. Joshua shone throughout last years FA youth cup campaign with Spurs, and the youngsters performances generated much excitement amongst the Tottenham crowd, as well as from Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine was so impressed with Onomah that he awarded the, then 17 year old his debut in the Fa cup third round against Burnley at the lane, in which Onomah sparkled. As he showcased his trickery and flair with supreme confidence impressing the Spurs faithful on the night.

Onomah has since gone on to make a whole host of appearances for the Lillywhites this season across a variety of competitions as Pochettino looks to nurture the teenager into a star player. Onomah’s greatest performance came against Monaco at the lane in a game in which he played the full 90, Onomah gave the experienced Monaco defence a torrid time as he bossed the final third with both his power and creativity. Joshua has also highly impressed across the England youth set up, representing the three lions through out the different youth levels, he is currently a star player for Aidy Boothroyd’s under 19 side. I strongly believe that Onomah will continue to progress for the Lillywhites over the coming seasons under the great guidance of Mauricio Pochettino and the famed Spurs coaching set up. The Enfield born teenager has the ability to become one of the finest Spurs attackers in a generation and I have no doubt that he can fill those boots with ease as we continue to watch one of England’s hottest youth prospects grow with a flourish.

I have included three videos below, that I believe highlight Onomah’s great footballing talents.

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(A young Joshua Onomah pictured lifting the UEFA Euro under 17 trophy for England in 2014)

 

 

Tom Glover:Tottenham’s rising star.

Tom Glover:Tottenham’s rising star.

Facts:
– Born in Sydney, Australia
– Position: Goalkeeper
– Previous club: Sutherland Sharks
– Pat Jennings highly recommended Glover to Spurs after seeing him in action.
– Tom was an eager basketball player at school.

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Tom Glover has starred for our under 21’s throughout their current campaign this season, and his talent has got many a Spurs fan highly excited over the young Australian prospect. The club have also been evidently pleased with Glovers rapid progression this season, as Tom has been present with the first team in training throughout the season. Furthermore, the Australian youth international has also been included in the first team squad as a number three on many an occasion this season. Tom joined our academy on a full time basis in the summer of 2014, and the Australian has Impressed in every youth level that he has played in, most notably the under 21’s, where this season he has been considered by many as the teams number one choice in between the sticks. The 18 year old stands at a towering six foot, four inches. In addition the intimidating goalkeeper Glover possesses lighting fast reflexes, as well as exhibiting fantastic composure in play.

I have seen Glover play for our under 18’s and under 21’s on numerous occasions and I have been extremely impressed with what I have seen from the youngster, in fact I believe his goalkeeping resembles our current captain Hugo Lloris in the sense that he shares many attributes with the French star. For example Glover shares the rapid and sharp reactions of Lloris as well as the Frenchman’s superb reading of the game. Our under 21’s played Liverpool earlier in the season at the Amex stadium where Glover made a string of astonishing saves most notably one akin to the famous Gordan Banks save against Pele. On this occasion the ball seemed to be hitting the back of the net after being powerfully headed down by the Liverpool forward, but Glover astounded the fans in the stadium by somehow being able to get down and make the save in what was a truly exceptional piece of goalkeeping. Furthermore the sharpness and incredible focus in Glovers game has been converted by the youngster to make him a penalty saving specialist, with him saving numerous penalties in the 2014/15 season for the under 18’s.

Under the guidance of Spurs goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez and the influence of Hugo Lloris, this huge prospect could become the Spurs number one in the future as well as a star for the Soceroos, remember the name!

Son Heung-Min;Tottenham’s talented and versatile attacker:

Son Heung-Min;Tottenham’s talented and versatile attacker:

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Facts:
– Born in Chuncheon,South Korea
– Position:forward
– After signing for Spurs last summer for £22 million,Son became the most expensive Asian footballer in history
– Previous clubs: FC Seoul,Hamburger SV and Bayer Leverkusen
– Son’s father also played football professionally, Son Woong-Jung was capped at international level for South Korea, he has since gone on to become a manager.

Son Heung-Min’s signing for us in late August of 2015 provided much excitement amongst the Tottenham faithful, as we had acquired one of the hottest young talents in German football. Son who is a versatile attacker can shoot equally as well with either foot, his searing pace and incredible long shooting ability made him formidable for Bayer Leverkusen over the last few seasons. Son netted on 29 occasions in 87 matches for Leverkusen in his stint at the Bundesliga club. Son quickly won over the fans at the lane after making his home debut against Qarabağ FK in the Europa league, Son scored 2 as he exhibited his sharpness and clinical nature,his eagerness to shoot pleased the crowd as it marked a dream debut for the South Korean. Three days after his brace Son hit again, netting the winner against Crystal Palace in the league and over the next couple of games his performances had the fans in high morale as they realised we had yet another proven goalscorer at our club. However injuries have somewhat blighted Son’s recent progress at the club, having missed a month through injury, his sharpness has slightly depreciated as to has his goal scoring account.He has barely completed the full 90 minutes of a game over the last few months, yet there a good signs that he is beginning to regain his form. Son netted two vital goals,against Watford in the league he converted with an audacious back heel in the 87th minute and against Leicester in the FA cup where he fired us into the lead with an exceptionally powerful shot. Pochettino spoke phlegmatically of his striking options,as the recent January transfer window provided many a rumour of a striker being signed, Pochettino noted Son’s goal scoring ability and of him being more than capable to score over the coming months as he re-emphasised the fact that we didn’t need to sign a striker.

I also share Pochettino’s view on the striking situation as I believe Son is a highly effective goal scorer and that he provides something the squad as a whole lacks, which is pace. Son possesses an abundance of pace along with his close ball control he fits perfectly into the role of a winger left or right and the role of an attacking midfielder and if needed he can also play as a centre forward which he is as equally adept to. Son has all the qualities to become a star at Spurs he is still only 23, he will continue to develop and his first season in the premier league will provide him with an invaluable amount of experience, he may not be firing on all four cylinders at present. However, I thoroughly believe he will flourish in the near future for Spurs he is certainly a player of champions league pedigree and we should be extremely grateful that we have him on our books and hats off to Pochettino,Levy and Mitchell for acquiring the South Korean forward who will again be looking to make an impact in our pivotal match against Manchester City on Sunday.COYS⚽️

A video highliting Son’s successful stint at Leverkusen:

 

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Kevin Wimmer;our commanding and composed centre back:

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Facts:
– Born in Wels,Austria
– Position:Centre back
– Kevin was awarded his first senior cap for Austria against USA in 2013
– Previous clubs: FC Köln and LASK Linz
– His first sporting passion was skiing and he won junior ski races.

Since arriving in north London from FC Köln last summer for a fee of £4.3 million pounds, the Austrian internationals game time had been limited to cup games. However, the 24 year old was thrown right in to the mix after the unfortunate injury of fellow key performer Jan Vertonghen in our recent match at Crystal Palace, and since Vertonghen’s injury Kevin Wimmer’s presence in the defence has been immense. With his excellent long ball passing and utterly complete defensive displays, Wimmer possesses all the key attributes that a top class centre back has. In addition his composure and intelligence are of the highest quality, as well as his decisiveness,his interceptions and challenges exhibit the sheer class the Austrian has. Although Wimmer’s natural position is at centre back he can also play at left back, with his physical presence and pace he is hard to shrug off the ball.A prime example of this was against Watford where the inform striker Odion Igalho was unable to get a shot on goal as Wimmer expertly dealt with the striker, overwhelming him with his strength and superb positioning.

Wimmer doesn’t try and be too clever whilst he has the ball at his feet he plays it away from danger or puts a searching long ball forward to the attack, his style of play in fact is similar to his teammate Toby Alderweireld and they follow the main principles of defence. The slightly older and more experienced Alderweireld will provide Kevin with an invaluable influence as it will contribute heavily to his development. It will be intriguing to see how Wimmer faces up against the wizardry of Sergio Aguero in next weeks clash against Man City,the Austrian is definitely capable of controlling Aguero and limiting his opportunities however hard it may be. The 6 foot 1 inch defender may turn out to be one of our best signings in years, he has fantastic technical abilities that will continue to grow, and he’s at the best club for his development and future successes, he is yet another excellent signing that Pochettino has made, and our defence is looking as solid as can be. Furthermore the Austrian’s form and rise up the ranks will probably cement his place in Austria’s squad for Euro 2016.
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