Spurs under 16’s 3-1 Cambridge United: (match report)

Spurs under 16’s 3-1 Cambridge United: (match report)

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On Tuesday night I went to the Cambs glass stadium to watch our under 15/16’s take on Cambridge United at the U’s Abbey stadium. It was a bright and dominant performance from Spurs as they dominated the opposition in front of a crowd of over 600, the Pochettino philosophy clearly implanted in their style of play as they out done the U’s in every aspect of the game limiting them only to set piece chances. With no team sheets being given out on the night, frustratingly a lot of my report consists of players numbers, as I was only able to positively identify the following players with the rest, being unsure of: Kacper Kurylowicz, Luis Binks, Malachi Walcott, Enoch Asante, Noni Madeuke (10)?, Josh Gray?, Harvey White?, Dennis Cirkin? Unused subs: Kane Patterson and Rafferty Pedder. It was a very young Spurs side which was without highly rated Irish forward Troy Parrott who is away at the victory shield with his country. Their seemed to be a couple of under 14’s involved in the game, and their was one player who came on as a CAM (looked very intelligent) that could have been no more than 13. It was a very lively start by Spurs who were on the front foot from the minute go, playing some nice attacking football. Our number 11 put an effort just wide of goal after receiving a cross. The pacy wide man was causing a lot of trouble for the Cambridge players early on. A great chance followed Spurs’ 11 powered past a couple of Cambridge defenders down the left before crossing for 10 (Madueke I think) whose powerful effort was spectacularly thwarted by the goalkeeper. Spurs continued to pressurise a nervy Cambridge side, 11 curling an effort narrowly wide moments later.

Number 11 (who was excellent all game) continued to trouble Cambridge after he robbed them of possession inside the area before jinking his way past a couple of players, only to slip at a vital time. Spurs were absolutely dominating, they looked the more fitter and livelier side inside the first quarter of an hour, as they played the ball out from the back, with the composed duo of Binks and Walcott influential in this side of their game. A good low effort from Madeuke on the edge of the area had the keeper scrambling, he spilt the effort at the first attempt but then managed to clear the loose ball. Spurs came their closest to the breaking the deadlock after 4’s (White) long ball into the area was dropped by the Cambridge keeper. The alert Asante pounced, smashing the ball against the crossbar, before testing the keeper again seconds later with a powerful header. Binks also went close with a header minutes later, as the home side struggled to get the ball outside of their half. A great challenge from Spurs’ number 2 occurred at the other end as he snuffed out danger, he was brilliant all game both going forward and at defending. Another brilliant attacking move from Spurs ended in the keeper being forced into making a comfortable save as Cambridge continued to survive. Cambridge came close with a free kick, but Spurs were to shatter any confidence they had built up going forward, when they opened the scoring on 37 minutes courtesy of a stunning long range strike from White.

His free kick was initially blocked but the midfielder hammered home the rebound into the bottom right corner of the net, brilliant technique! Spurs continued their hold on the game, Noni Madueke almost doubling their lead when his free kick flew narrowly wide of goal, as Spurs’ fluent attacking football continued to outwit the home side. We should have doubled our advantage shortly after the restart, but 7 who was leaning back, could only manage to fire over the crossbar from close range. Cambridge then threatened at the other end when their winger curled narrowly wide following a counter attacking move which had exploited our defence. However, any fears of a comeback were put aside when Spurs doubled their advantage when 7 prodded home from the resulting corner kick to expose a tired looking Cambridge defence. Luis Binks got a vital head on the ball to clear a dangerous free kick at the other end, as the home side continued to lack that cutting edge. Spurs on the other case were looking for their third playing some nice football in the process, the newly introduced number 12 at the heart of things with his intricate play and quick feet. Cambridge began to grow more into the game and created some good chances, Walcott producing a good block to deny a Cambridge player. Everyone inside the Abbey stadium thought Spurs had got their third of the game when the potent Madeuke unleashed a thunderbolt of an effort on the edge of the area, which ended up coming off the underside of the bar and bouncing clear. There were numerous good counter attacking moves produced by Spurs as the game progressed. But the game was to be thrown on its head when the home side pulled back an unexpected goal. After converting a cross at Kurylowicz’s far post, but any chance of a comeback was swiftly ended by Spurs minutes later when Madeuke regained our two goal cushion.

Capping off a lovely attacking move with a precise finish to tuck the ball inside the bottom corner of the net. A trio of Spurs players including Madeuke lined up to create an orchestrated pose in front of the home fans as the young lads soaked up the atmosphere. Centre forward Enoch Asante almost put the icing on the cake minutes later when he weaved his way past a couple of Cambridge defenders before eventually forcing a top save from the keeper. Spurs saw out the remaining minutes with real ease and were much deserving of their 3-1 victory in what was a brilliant team performance from a talented young side. The whole Spurs team looked very promising. COYS

Player reviews: (Some players I’m not sure of*)
Luis Binks: So composed in his play but very decisive in his defending alongside fellow centre half Walcott, his long range passing ability was also very good.
Malachi Walcott: Similarly as composed, Walcott is a really talented centre half who has represented his country at youth level. On my second time seeing him play, I was really impressed with his reading of the game, focus and overall defending. Also liked to play the ball out from the back.
Kacper Kurylowicz: Made one good save, but other than that he wasn’t called into action much.
Harvey White*: Very tidy midfielder (a little like Skipp in style of play) took his goal brilliantly.
Noni Madeuke*: Excellent performance from the number 10, brilliant with the ball at his feet. The skilful Madeuke who has already featured for our under 18’s, possess brilliant close ball control and a low centre of gravity, he really ran the show against Cambridge. He was also very creative going forward and showed good strength, managing to shrug off players on numerous occasions.
Enoch Asante: Really like the look of the young centre forward, he lead the line well and was unlucky not to score.

 

 

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Various England call ups for Spurs youngsters:

Various England call ups for Spurs youngsters:

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England announced some of their youth squads for the upcoming international break today, and unsurprisingly it included a fair few of our lads, including some new additions.

England under 18’s: Three of our youngsters were named in Steve Cooper’s under 18 side for their two friendlies against Brazil and South Africa next month. The two matches are in preparation for the upcoming under 17 World Cup, Cooper’s squad includes talented Spurs right back TJ Eyoma (17) who has been a mainstay in the under 23’s side this season, as well as rising Spurs star and midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe. There’s also a new name in Cooper’s squad, as 16 year old Spurs starlet Oliver Skipp makes the squad, the deep lying midfielder has enjoyed a sensational start to the season, already becoming a pivotal figure in Wayne Burnetts development side. Here’s a recent piece I wrote on this immensely talented player: https://superhotspur.com/2017/08/13/a-piece-on-oliver-skipps-remarkable-performance-against-sunderland-under-23s/

England under 19’s: Paul Simpson’s under 19 squad who have two friendly matches involving Poland and Germany next month, also included a trio of Spurs players. Tenacious centre half Japhet Tanganga who was a part of the England under 20 squad which won the Toulon tournament over the summer is included. In addition, talented left back Jaden Brown is also an inclusion. And there’s a first under 19 call up for Spurs winger Keanan Bennetts. Bennetts enjoyed an excellent pre season with our development squad, as well as an impressive start to the under 23 season, he is thoroughly deserving of his call up. Here’s a recent article I wrote on the pacy winger: https://superhotspur.com/2017/08/11/keanan-bennetts-one-to-watch/ Meanwhile, talented Spurs winger Samuel Shashoua is very unlucky to miss out on the squad, Shashoua enjoyed a phenomenal season last campaign.

England under 20’s: Talented Spurs forward Marcus Edwards is the sole Spurs inclusion in Keith Downing’s under 20 squad, for their upcoming matches against the Netherlands and Switzerland with the latter taking place in Switzerland. I thought I’d also mention that Spurs under 16’s defender Luis Binks who has represented Scotland in the past, was part of England’s under 17 side for their match with Italy earlier in the week.

England under 21’s: Senior squad members Josh Onomah and Kyle Walker-Peters both make the step up to Aidy Boothroyd’s under 21 squad for their friendly against the Netherlands and then their Euro under 21 qualifier against Latvia next Tuesday. The two Spurs starlets who were members of the victorious England under 20 squad over the summer have had really promising starts to their season, Onomah at his loan club Aston Villa, and Walker-Peters at the lilywhites where he recently made his first team debut. I would like to send my congratulations to all of our youngsters on their call ups!

 

Spurs youngster Kane Patterson called up to Scotland under 16’s:

Spurs youngster Kane Patterson called up to Scotland under 16’s:

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Young Spurs under 16 player Kane Patterson has been called up to Scotlands under 16’s team for the forthcoming Under-16 International Tournament, Patterson will also be involved in September for two friendly matches before being part of the squad that competes in this year’s Victory Shield in Northern Ireland. Patterson who plays as a full back is the youngster brother of first year scholar and Spurs winger Phoenix Patterson, I actually saw Kane play last season in an under 15 game against Milwall, which he played at left back, I was impressed by his performance that day, it will also be interesting to see if any Spurs players make the England under 16 squad for the same tournament. In other academy related news, Wayne Burnett’s development side will tomorrow find out which group they’ll be drawn in for this seasons Checkatrade Trophy, the draw should be announced by tomorrow afternoon with Spurs facing some very tricky groups. COYS

Mixed results for our under 16’s and 18’s against Chelsea on Saturday:

Mixed results for our under 16’s and 18’s against Chelsea on Saturday:

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Under 18’s: Our under 18’s side lost 3-2 to Chelsea yesterday afternoon at the blues Cobham training ground. John McDermott’s side played well and grew into the game as it went on, but despite their best efforts they couldn’t draw level. Their two late goals all they could manage on the day, Spurs’s goals came from forward Reo Griffith’s and midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe. Up next for our under 18’s side is the rearranged FA Youth cup fifth round tie against Norwich on Thursday.

Spurs U18s: Austin, Eyoma, Tsaroulla, Marsh (c, Skipp 77), Tanganga, Dinzeyi, Shashoua, Duncan, Sterling (Griffiths 58), Oakley-Boothe, Bennetts (Hinds 71). Substitutes (not used): Gonzalez-Velasco, Freeman (GK).

Under 16’s: It was a different story for our under 16’s as they impressively defeated Chelsea 4-2 on Saturday. Forward Jeremie Mukendie netted a brace, whilst Jamie Bowden and Phoenix Patterson also got on the score sheet. An impressive result from a such a talented group of players.

Mixed fortunes for our youth sides against Chelsea on Saturday :

Mixed fortunes for our youth sides against Chelsea on Saturday :

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It was a mixed day for our youth sides yesterday as both our under 18’s and under 16’s faced Chelsea at Hotspur Way. Our under 18’s played out a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Hotspur way in what was an exciting game of football, in which John McDermott’s side impressed against a top class blues side. Chelsea took the lead through Guehi after the youngster converted from the following corner. However, Spurs equalised soon after through Samuel Shashoua who rounded the goalkeeper before slotting home after being played in by Dylan Duncan. Chelsea failed to convert a second half penalty as Spurs clutched on to a good point, in what was a very good performance from the Lillywhites. Meanwhile, our under 16’s were defeated 1-0 by Chelsea under 16’s.
Spurs U18s: De Bie, Hinds (Lock 73), Tsaroulla, Skipp, Marsh (c), Tanganga, Shashoua, Duncan, Griffiths (Sterling 65), Roles, Bennetts. Substitutes (not used): Reynolds, Dinzeyi, Austin (GK).

An in depth report of the under 18’s match is provided on the Spurs website: http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/under-18s/match/report/spurs-u18-v-chelsea-match-report-221016/

Three Spurs youngsters called up to England under 17 squad:

Three Spurs youngsters called up to England under 17 squad:

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Three of our youngsters have been included in the England under 17 squad for next weeks Euro under 17 qualifiers against Azerbaijan, Romania and Austria. The three youngsters that have been called up are Timothy Eyoma, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and Tashan Oakley-Boothe. Timothy Eyoma is a talented centre back who has featured on numerous occasions for our under 18’s and under 19’s so far this season, the first year scholar has so far adapted really well to under 18 football and Eyoma looks like a really good prospect. The young centre back played for England under 16’s on a numerous occasions last season. In addition talented right back Brooklyn Lyons-Foster is another player to have been called up, Lyons-Foster who is still a school boy is a highly rated talent in our academy and the youngster is already showing Huge potential having been called up to under 17’s yet again. Another player called up is Tashan Oakley-Boothe, the 16 year old midfielder has really impressed for our under 18’s this season and the midfielder has already featured twice for our under 23’s this season as well as being a regular starter for our under 19’s in the UEFA Youth league. Oakley-Boothe is a fantastic talent and he was recently included in the Guardians article which included their 20 best talents in the premier league that were born in the year 2000.

 

Meanwhile Scotlands under 16 squad has been announced for the forthcoming Victory shield tournament and talented Spurs under 15’s centre back Luis Binks has been included in their squad. A link providing Scotland’s full squad is provided in the link below.
http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/scottish_fa_news.cfm?page=2986&newsCategoryID=6&newsID=16580

Spurs under 16’s defeat Norwich 4-3:

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It was a good afternoon for our under 16’s today as they defeated Norwich 4-3 at Hotspur way to continue there good start to the new season. Talented forward Phoenix Patterson who has already featured for the under 18’s this season, scored a brace whilst striker Rodel Richards also netted for the Lillywhites. A further goal came down as an own goal from a canaries player as the under 16’s triumphed with yet another victory.

Spurs youngsters Paris Maghoma and Jamie Bowden feature for England under 16’s:

Spurs youngsters Paris Maghoma and Jamie Bowden feature for England under 16’s:

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Earlier today Paris Maghoma and Jamie Bowden of our under 16’s side played against Romania under 16’s in a game in which the young lions won 3-1. These two talented players are ones to look out for over the coming seasons, I was extremely impressed with them when I saw them at the Spurs under 15’s showcase match at Ipswich last season.