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

Spurs’ Under 18 side face Fulham on Saturday (the game starts at 11:00am), in a Premier League South fixture at Fulham’s Motspur Park training ground. Spurs’ Under 18 side have won their last two league matches (they have won three of their five league matches so far this season), while Fulham have won one of their five matches, and recorded one draw from five league matches. Fulham have been very good in the Premier League South in recent seasons, and last season they won all three competitive fixtures against Spurs at this level. In their last match, against Wolves in the Under 18 Premier League Cup, the game finished 3-3. Spurs did really well in that game, as they had been losing 3-0. Debutant Will Lankshear scored two goals during the second half of that match. I will be attending the league match against Fulham on Saturday, and I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Gunter (c), McKnight, Chaplin, Andiyapan, Linton, Abbott, Hall, Bloxham, Moore, Irow, Williams. 

Subs from: Krasniqi, Bryan-Waugh, King, Owen, Akhamrich, 

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 0-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: Aaron Loupalo. The first year scholar has scored three goals and provided two assists from five Premier League South games this season, for Fulham.

Spurs Under 18’s 3-0 Brighton & Hove Albion: (match report)

On Saturday Spurs’ Under 18 side faced Brighton & Hove Albion in an Under 18 Premier League South fixture, at Hotspur Way. Spurs won the game 3-0, and it was a good second half performance from Spurs, after quite an uneventful first half. Spurs lined-up with captain Luca Gunter in goal, as Maxwell McKnight, Archie Chaplin, Will Andiyapan and Jahziah Linton started in defence. George Abbott and Han Willhoft-King started in central midfield, with Mikey Moore and Riley Owen starting out wide on the flanks, either side of CAM Callum Olusesi. Oliver Irow led the line for Spurs, who got the game underway. George Abbott and Han Willhoft-King were both shown early yellow cards, before the first real chance of the game. That chance came Brighton’s way, as Remeiro Moulton hit a low effort wide of the Spurs goal, from the edge of their penalty area. 

Mikey Moore had an effort blocked inside the Brighton box, in what turned out to be the final chance of the first half. Brighton got the second half underway. Spurs had made a change at half-time as Tyrese Hall came on to replace Han Willhoft-King in central midfield. Charlie Penman hit an effort over the Spurs goal from the edge of their penalty area, before Brandon Bryan-Waugh came on to replace Callum Olusesi. Remeiro Moulton volleyed an effort from the edge of the Spurs box, before Luca Gunter tipped behind Yussif Owusu’s headed effort on goal, from a Brighton corner-kick. Thomas Bloxham replaced Riley Owen on 74 minutes, and then shortly after Maeson King replaced Jahziah Linton. Spurs did take the lead shortly after however, after Tyrese Hall had latched onto a loose pass. The midfielder then went forward with the ball before passing it to Oliver Irow, on the edge of the Brighton box. Oliver Irow continued into the penalty area before powerfully finishing past Brighton goalkeeper Tommy Reid, into the centre of the goal, 1-0. 

Archie Chaplin did well to block an effort from Remeiro Moulton inside the Spurs box, before Spurs doubled their lead. A cross from the right flank from the impressive Mikey Moore, managed to find Thomas Bloxham on the left side of the Brighton box. Bloxham’s resulting effort deflected off of a Brighton defender and went past the goalkeeper and into the goal, 2-0. Spurs made it 3-0 soon after, as Mikey Moore skilfully went past about four Brighton players, after going inside with the ball from the right flank, before entering the penalty area and finishing low past Tommy Reid, 3-0. James Roswell replaced Mikey Moore for the final minutes of the game, before the referee sounded his whistle for full-time. Spurs’ next competitive match at this level is away to Aston Villa in the Premier League South on Saturday the 1st of October.

Player reviews:

  • Luca Gunter: The Spurs captain and goalkeeper made one important save during the second half. He was once again vocal throughout the match.
  • Maxwell McKnight: Starting the match at right-back (he would also play further up the pitch at times in the game), Maxwell McKnight had a solid game defensively, and he got forward well on occasions as well.
  • Archie Chaplin: The central defender defended well alongside Will Andiyapan, and he made some good and important decisions during the match.
  • Will Andiyapan: Will Andiyapan did very well on the left side of central defence, alongside Archie Chaplin, and in the first half he made an important challenge inside the Spurs penalty area.
  • Jahziah Linton: The left-back did well on the left flank defensively, and he also liked to get forward up the pitch, when he could.
  • George Abbott: Tenacious and hardworking in central midfield, while also showing his quality on the ball on occasions, George Abbott got the assist for Mikey Moore’s late goal.
  • Han Willhoft-King: The first year scholar completed the first half of the match with Brighton, in central midfield alongside George Abbott.
  • Riley Owen: The winger started the game on the right flank. He linked up well with right-back Maxwell McKnight, and he also showed some good skill on the ball.
  • Callum Olusesi: Callum Olusesi played in the CAM role for Spurs against Brighton, on Saturday. Olusesi would link-up with centre-forward Oliver Irow, during the game.
  • Mikey Moore: My man of the match, see below.
  • Oliver Irow: The centre-forward for the match, Oliver Irow worked well of the ball, and his movement was good. He also took his goal really well during the second half.
  • Tyrese Hall: This was an impressive performance from second half substitute Tyrese Hall. Always looking to make that forward pass from his midfield role, the first year scholar was direct with the ball, and he showed some good skill, but he also worked very hard off the ball. Tyrese set-up Oliver Irow’s goal.
  • Brandon Bryan-Waugh: The second half substitute made a really good impression on the game from the right-back position. Bryan-Waugh got forward really well, to support the forward players.
  • Thomas Bloxham: The Republic of Ireland youth international took his goal well after being introduced to the game in the 74th minute. Thomas Bloxham looked lively during his time on the pitch.
  • Maeson King: The defender came on in the 77th minute of the game to replace Jahziah Linton.
  • James Roswell: The late substitute went into midfield late on in the match.

My man of the match – Mikey Moore. The schoolboy footballer and England youth international got a goal and an assist against Brighton, and during the second half the skilful and creative winger made a really good impression on the game. Mikey Moore went on a really good and skilful run for his goal, in the second half.

Spurs Under 18’s versus Brighton & Hove Albion: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side face Brighton & Hove Albion at Hotspur Way on Saturday morning (the game starts at 11:30am), in their latest Premier League South fixture. Stuart Lewis’ Spurs side won their last competitive match 3-1 away to a very good Liverpool side in the Under 18 Premier League Cup, and that was a very impressive result. Spurs won their home fixture with Brighton at this level last season, before recording a draw with Brighton in the reverse fixture. Brighton are a difficult team to play against, and Spurs will be hoping to return to winning ways after losing their last two Premier League South matches. This should be a great game, and it will be the first of three Spurs matches on Saturday, that I’ll be in attendance for. I will watch the majority of the Brighton game, before then watching the start of the Spurs Under 21’s Premier League 2 fixture against Blackburn Rovers (also at Hotspur Way), and then the first team game against Leicester City. However, I would like to wish the Spurs Under 18 side all the very best of luck for their fixture with Brighton on Saturday.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Gunter (c), Abbott, Chaplin, Andiyapan, Linton, Willhoft-King, Hall, McKnight, Bloxham, Akhamrich, Williams.

Subs from: Krasniqi, Roswell, Olusesi, Moore, Irow.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: 3-3.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Joshua Duffus. The second year scholar and forward impressed in both Premier League South fixtures with Spurs last season. Joshua Duffus has already scored one goal and provided two assists for Brighton’s Under 18 side, so far this season.

Spurs Under 19’s versus Sporting Club de Portugal: (match preview)

After impressively winning 3-0 against French side Olympique de Marseille last Wednesday in their opening UEFA Youth League group-stage fixture, Spurs’ Under 19 side face Portuguese side Sporting Club de Portugal, on Tuesday. The game which starts at 11:00am and which takes place at the Stadium Aurelio Pereira, is both sides’ second group game of the competition, with Sporting Club de Portugal drawing 1-1 with Eintracht Frankfurt, in their first group game. Sporting Club de Portugal have a very good Academy set-up, and this will be a very difficult game for Spurs. However, the win and performance from Spurs against Olympique de Marseille last week was impressive, and a similar performance from Spurs tomorrow would hopefully see Spurs get a good result. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Gunter, Abbott, Dorrington, Andiyapan, Ashcroft, Craig (c), John, Mundle, Donley, Mathurin, Williams.

Subs from: Maguire, Linton, Chaplin, Hall, McKnight, Bloxham, Ajayi.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Rodrigo Ribeiro. The Sporting Club de Portugal forward scored their only goal of the game, in their opening group match of the 2022/23 UEFA Youth League, and Rodrigo Ribeiro has already played for the Sporting Club de Portugal first team.

Spurs Under 19’s 3-0 Olympique de Marseille: (match report)

In their first group-stage game of the 2022/23 UEFA Youth League, Spurs’ Under 19 side faced French side Olympique de Marseille at Hotspur Way, on Tuesday afternoon. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side won the game 3-0, and it was an impressive performance from Spurs in what was their first UEFA Youth League game since the 2019/20 season. Spurs lined-up with Luca Gunter in goal, while George Abbott, Alfie Dorrington, Will Andiyapan and Tyrell Ashcroft started in defence. Captain Matthew Craig and Nile John started in central midfield, as Romaine Mundle and Roshaun Mathurin started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs. Marseille got the game underway. Roshaun Mathurin hit an early effort over from the edge of the Marseille penalty area, before Luca Gunter made a very important save at the other end of the pitch, to stop Emran Soglo’s effort from close range, inside the Spurs box. 

Nile John had a deflected effort on the Marseille goal saved by goalkeeper Jelle Van Neck. Then, after trying to meet Luca Gunter’s long kick forward, Romaine Mundle managed to get onto the ball on the left side of the Marseille penalty area, but his resulting effort went wide across the goal. Raimane Daou had an effort from the edge of the Spurs box saved by Luca Gunter, a couple of minutes later. After Lucas Boulmot’s sliding challenge on Will Andiyapan inside the Marseille box resulted in the defender getting nothing on the ball, the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Up stepped Jamie Donley, who calmly found the bottom right corner of the goal, 1-0. Emran Soglo hit an effort wide from the edge of the Spurs box, and then shortly after Lucas Boulmot volleyed wide Jores Rahou’s corner-kick. Jamie Donley received a yellow card, and then a volleyed effort from Jores Rahou from distance went wide of Luca Gunter’s goal. 

On 32 minutes Spurs doubled their lead. After George Abbott had won the ball on the right flank, the second year scholar passed the ball to Romaine Mundle, who went forward with the ball down the right flank, before showing some good skill on the ball and delivering a low cross in front of the centre of the Marseille goal, which Jaden Williams tapped into the empty goal from close range, 2-0. Rayan Hassad hit an effort wide of the Spurs goal from distance, and then some good skill from Jores Rahou, resulted in him going into the Spurs box, but his effort went into the side-netting of Luca Gunter’s goal. Mathew Craig hit an effort over from the edge of the Marseille penalty area, and then a couple of minutes later, Yakine Mmadi Said hit an effort wide of the Spurs goal, from the edge of their penalty area, in what was the final chance of the first half. Spurs got the second half underway. After Jaden Williams had won the ball off of Rayan Hassad, he tried to score a goal from distance, with a lofted effort. However, Jelle Van Neck was able to make the save. After Nile John hit a powerful effort which seemed to deflect onto the crossbar of the Marseille goal, the alert Jaden Williams ran into the centre of the Marseille box to get on the ball and finish with a first time effort, 3-0.

Luca Gunter managed to save an effort from distance, just before Spurs made their first change of the game, as Maxwell McKnight came on to replace Roshaun Mathurin. Romaine Mundle hit a free-kick effort wide of the Marseille goal, from a difficult angle on the right flank, before Emran Soglo hit an effort over the Spurs goal, at the other end of the pitch. Damola Ajayi and Mikey Moore then came on to replace Jaden Williams and Romaine Mundle, respectively. After receiving the ball on the right flank, Nile John went past Elasrar Mohamed on the edge of the Marseille penalty area. John then passed the ball to Maxwell McKnight, whose first time effort was saved by Jelle Van Neck. Spurs made more changes as Jahziah Linton came on to replace Tyrell Ashcroft, and Thomas Bloxham came on to replace Jamie Donley. George Abbott did well to block behind Esey Gebreyesus’s effort inside the Spurs box. Luca Gunter saved a late Marseille effort from distance, before a surging forward from Nile John resulted in the 19 year old sending a lofted effort over the Marseille goal. The referee sounded his whistle for full-time shortly afterwards. Spurs’ next game in this competition is on next Tuesday, when they face Portuguese side Sporting Club de Portugal. 

Player reviews:

  • Luca Gunter: The Spurs goalkeeper made a really important and impressive early save to stop Marseille from scoring, and overall he had a solid game on his UEFA Youth League debut. Luca Gunter was very vocal throughout the match. 
  • George Abbott: My man of the match, see below.
  • Alfie Dorrington: Like George Abbott, central defender Alfie Dorrington was good in defence, alert, and commanding throughout the match. He impressed alongside Will Andiyapan.
  • Will Andiyapan: The versatile defender and Wales youth international also impressed on his UEFA Youth League debut. Will Andiyapan read the game well, and he also got forward to win the penalty that was awarded for Spurs during the first half.
  • Tyrell Ashcroft: Reading the game well and also defending well as he helped Spurs to keep a clean-sheet, Tyrell Ashcroft had a good all-round game in the left-back position.
  • Matthew Craig: The Spurs captain had an assured game in central midfield, and he also used the ball well, and got forward well on occasions.
  • Nile John: The central midfielder created some good chances during the game, and he was always looking to go forward with the ball.
  • Romaine Mundle: The winger started the game out on the right flank and he went on some good forward runs. Romaine Mundle got the assist for Jaden Williams’ first goal of the game, after some good work from the second year professional. 
  • Jamie Donley: The Spurs CAM took the penalty kick well during the first half to score a goal. The second year scholar worked well off the ball and he linked up well with Jaden Williams.
  • Roshaun Mathurin: The winger started the game on the left flank, and during his time on the pitch he was always trying to go forward with the ball, whenever he got on the ball. 
  • Jaden Williams: The centre-forward made some really good runs off the ball during the game against Marseille, and he worked so hard off the ball. A good all-round performance resulted in him scoring two goals, during his time on the pitch.
  • Maxwell McKnight: The second half substitute did well when he came on, and he almost scored a goal, from a chance that was created by Nile John.
  • Damola Ajayi: The forward came on in the second half, and he made a good impression on the game, moving well both with and without the ball, on occasions.
  • Mikey Moore: The second half substitute made a Luka Modrić-esque forward pass with the outside of his foot, to create a chance during his time on the pitch.
  • Jahziah Linton: The left-back came on late on in the game.
  • Thomas Bloxham: The creative forward was a late substitute during the game against Marseille.

My man of the match –  George Abbott. I was really impressed with how well George Abbott did, once again when playing at right-back. The second year scholar was defensively very good, and he defended his side of the pitch really well. The midfielder played a part in Spurs’ second goal of the game.

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

Spurs’ Under 18 side will face Liverpool at the Liverpool Academy on Saturday morning (the game starts at 11:00am) in their first Under 18 Premier League Cup fixture of the season. Stuart Lewis’ Spurs side lost 4-1 to Arsenal in the Premier League South last Saturday, in what would have been a difficult game for Spurs, who had to play a good amount of the game with only ten men. Liverpool have started the Premier League North season well, winning two of their opening three league fixtures, and also scoring a lot goals. Liverpool are a very good side at this level, and with Trent Kone-Doherty, Louie Koumas and Ben Doak, Spurs’ defence will have to have a very good game on Saturday, to stop Liverpool from scoring a goal. Liverpool’s most recent fixture at this level saw them win 4-2 at home to Manchester United, last Saturday. This will be a difficult game for Spurs, and with the Spurs Under 21 side also playing on Saturday (away to Crystal Palace), Spurs could be without players like Jaden Williams and Alfie Dorrington for the Liverpool match. Unfortunately I can’t make this match on Saturday, because the travel makes it just too difficult on this occasion. I will however, be at the Spurs Under 21’s match against Crystal Palace. I would like to wish Stuart Lewis’ side all the very best of luck for their opening Under 18 Premier League Cup fixture of the season.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Krasniqi, McKnight (c), Chaplin, Andiyapan, Roswell, Hall, Moore, Irow, Bloxham, Owen, Ajayi.

Subs from: Bryan-Waugh, Olusesi, Akhamrich, Black.

Injured/unavailable: Jahziah Linton (suspended, after receiving a red card against Arsenal, in Spurs’ last match at this level).

Doubtful: Rio Kyerematen, Billy Heaps.

Previous meeting: Spurs 4-2 (2019).

My score prediction: 3-3.

My one to watch: Trent Kone-Doherty. The former Derry City player has started this season well with the Liverpool Under 18 side. The first year scholar usually plays as a winger, and he is a very good dribbler with the ball, and he also has really good pace, and is more than capable of scoring goals. He has scored two goals from three matches for Liverpool’s Under 18 side this season.

Spurs Under 18’s 1-2 West Bromwich Albion: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side faced West Bromwich Albion at Hotspur Way, in game-week two of the Under 18 Premier League South season, on Saturday afternoon. Spurs lost the match 2-1, but it was a close and fairly even game of football. Stuart Lewis’ side lined-up with captain Luca Gunter in goal, as George Abbott, Alfie Dorrington, Will Andiyapan and Jahziah Linton started in defence. Billy Heaps and Rio Kyerematen started in midfield, as Maxwell McKnight and Yusuf Akhamrich started out wide on the flanks, either side of CAM Leo Black. Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs, who got the game underway. Early on in the match Maxwell McKnight headed Jahziah Linton’s cross into the West Brom box, to Yusuf Akhamrich, who controlled the ball well, before seeing his effort deflect over the goal, off of West Brom defender Jenson Sumnair. Spurs took the lead shortly after that chance, after Maxwell McKnight received Alfie Dorrington’s pass on the right flank, he then continued forward with the ball before delivering a good low cross into the West Brom penalty area. Rio Kyerematen had made a good run into the box to meet McKnight’s cross, and he finished well with a good first time effort into the goal, 1-0.

After a West Brom free-kick wasn’t cleared from the Spurs penalty area, Luca Gunter made an impressive reflex save to stop Jenson Sumnair’s effort from going into the Spurs goal. Following a good move from Spurs, Billy Heaps hit an effort over the West Brom goal from distance, before Luca Gunter did well to save Harry Whitwell’s effort from distance, at the other end of the pitch. Layton Love’s ambitious effort from distance went wide of the Spurs goal, and then Spurs went forward with the ball. Heaps passed the ball to Williams on the edge of the West Brom penalty area, but Jaden Williams’ effort went over the goal. A couple of minutes later and after winning the ball off of Jenson Sumnair, Jaden Williams went forward with the ball before squaring it to Yusuf Akhamrich on the edge of the West Brom box, but his effort went over the goal. A loose pass inside the Spurs penalty area resulted in Luca Gunter doing well to save Fenton Heard’s effort, before Alfie Dorrington bravely blocked Layton Love’s powerful effort on goal.

After receiving the ball, Maxwell McKnight went on an excellent forward run with the ball at pace down the right side of the pitch, before putting the ball across the face of the West Brom goal. Thomas Bloxham replaced the injured Rio Kyerematen shortly after, just before the referee sounded his whistle for half-time. Archie Chaplin, James Roswell and Damola Ajayi replaced George Abbott, Alfie Dorrington and Jaden Williams respectively for the start of the second half, which West Brom got underway. Jenson Sumnair blocked Damola Ajayi’s effort inside the West Brom box, before Ajayi received a yellow card a couple of minutes later. West Brom managed to get an equaliser on 57 minutes, after Akeel Higgins received the ball on the edge of the Spurs box, before finding the top right hand corner of Luca Gunter’s goal with a good effort, 1-1. Leo Black headed over Yusuf Akhamrich’s corner-kick, and then shortly after that chance, Leo Black was shown a yellow card for a challenge that he made on Harry Whitwell on the edge of the Spurs box. Layton Love’s resulting low free-kick was saved by Luca Gunter.

Oliver Irow came on to replace Billy Heaps, before Maxwell McKnight had an effort blocked on the edge of the West Brom box. After James Roswell had picked up an injury to his head, Billy Heaps was allowed to be substituted back on to the pitch. Yusuf Akhamrich had a free-kick effort from distance saved by Beau Hudd, before a well delivered free-kick from Thomas Bloxham on the left flank, into the West Brom penalty area was just missed by Archie Chaplin. Will Andiyapan did really well to clear Harry Whitwell’s effort off the line, from inside the Spurs box. However, in the 95th minute of the game West Brom scored the winning goal of the game. After receiving Fenton Heard’s pass on the edge of the Spurs box, Layton Love managed to find the bottom left hand corner of the Spurs goal, leaving Luca Gunter with no chance to make the save. Layton Love had a very late effort saved by Luca Gunter from a similar position, not long after, just before the referee sounded his whistle for full-time. Spurs’ next game at this level is another league fixture, this time away to Arsenal next Saturday.

Player reviews:

  • Luca Gunter: The Spurs captain and goalkeeper made some really fine saves today, against West Brom. Luca was commanding inside his penalty area, and he was vocal throughout the match.
  • George Abbott: Starting the match at right-back, George Abbott completed the first half of the match, and he had a solid game.
  • Alfie Dorrington: The central defender made a very brave block which resulted in him being substituted at half-time, but he had a defensively solid game for Spurs.
  • Will Andiyapan: The left sided central defender completed the whole of the game against West Brom. The second year scholar made a very good clearance during the second half.
  • Jahziah Linton: The left-back really got forward well on occasions, but he stayed deep when he had to.
  • Billy Heaps: Starting the match as the defensive-midfielder, Billy Heaps completed 77 minutes of the match, before returning to the pitch shortly afterwards, to replace the injured James Roswell.
  • Rio Kyerematen: The central midfielder took his early goal well and he got on the ball on a good number of occasions during his time on the pitch in the first half, before unfortunately having to be substituted after picking up an injury.
  • Maxwell McKnight: Starting the match on the right flank as a winger, Maxwell McKnight went on some good forward runs with the ball and he got the assist for Rio Kyerematen’s goal. Maxwell went into central midfield late on in the first half.
  • Leo Black: The midfielder started the match in the CAM position, but he would finish the match as Spurs’ defensive-midfielder. The first year scholar did some good defensive work, and he also brought the ball forward well on occasions. 
  • Yusuf Akhamrich: My man of the match, see below.
  • Jaden Williams: The centre-forward led the line well during the first half and he also dropped deep to link the play well, on occasions. 
  • Thomas Bloxham: The substitute came on late on in the first half to replace the injured Rio Kyerematen. The Republic of Ireland youth international did a lot of defensive work on his side of the pitch (the left flank) but he also got forward well as well.
  • Archie Chaplin: The second half substitute went in to central defence during his time on the pitch.
  • James Roswell: Despite entering the pitch for the start of the second half, James Roswell (he went to right-back) had to leave the pitch to be substituted later on during the second half, after picking up a head injury.
  • Damola Ajayi: The second half substitute went to the centre-forward position, and he made some good runs off the ball.
  • Oliver Irow: The late substitute went to the CAM position, late on in the match. 

My man of the match – Yusuf Akhamrich. He might not have scored a goal or provided an assist today however, first year scholar Yusuf Akhamrich impressed on his first competitive start for the Spurs Under 18 side. Starting the match on the left flank as a winger but later moving to the right flank, Yusuf was very vocal throughout the match, but he was always looking to go past the defender on his side of the pitch, and he showed good pace with the ball, and he was direct with it. He had a couple of chances to score a goal against West Brom, and I was impressed with his all-round play.

Spurs Under 18’s versus West Bromwich Albion: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday (the game starts at 12:00pm at Hotspur Way), in their first home Under 18 Premier League South fixture of the season. Stuart Lewis’ side impressively won 1-0 away to Leicester City on the opening day of the Premier League South season. Last season they won two and lost one of their fixtures against West Brom, at this level. This included an impressive 6-1 win over them at Hotspur Way, in the fourth round of the 2021/22 FA Youth Cup. Last season West Brom finished in tenth place in the Premier League South, two points behind Spurs in ninth place. This will be an interesting game, and I’m looking forward to covering the match, especially as I was unable to go to the opening game of the season against Leicester City, last Saturday. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Gunter (c), Abbott, Dorrington, Andiyapan, Linton, Hall, Heaps, McKnight, Kyerematen, Bloxham, Williams.

Subs from: Krasniqi, Bryan-Waugh, Akhamrich, Ajayi, Olusesi.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: Fenton Heard (17). The second year scholar and West Bromwich Albion player scored five goals and provided six assists last season for the West Bromwich Albion Under 18 side, in the Premier League South.

Spurs Under 18’s versus Leicester City: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side face Leicester City at their new training ground on Saturday (the game starts at 11:30am), in their first Under 18 Premier League South fixture of the 2022/23 season. Leicester won both games against Spurs’ Under 18 side last season in the league, and I was very impressed with how they played in the fixture at Hotspur Way, and Wales Under 21 international Chris Popov was very good in that game, for Leicester. This is a difficult opening game of the season for the Spurs Under 18 side, but I would like to wish Stuart Lewis’ side all the very best of luck for the game, and the season ahead. Unfortunately I can’t get to the match tomorrow, as it’s just too difficult on this occasion, sadly.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Gunter, Bryan-Waugh, Dorrington, Chaplin, Linton, Abbott, Hall, McKnight, Kyerematen, Bloxham, Williams (c).

Subs from: Krasniqi, Andiyapan, Heaps, Owen, Ajayi.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 1-4. 

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2. 

My one to watch: Chris Popov (17). The highly skilful forward is a player who also has great pace, and last season he was in excellent form for the Leicester City Under 18 side.

My piece on highly skilful goalscoring Spurs Academy midfielder Rio Kyerematen:

Now in his second season of scholarship with Spurs, midfielder Rio Kyerematen (17) had a very good season in 2021/22, in my opinion. Born in London, Rio has been at Spurs as an Academy player for many years, and he made his competitive debut for the Spurs Under 18 side before he signed scholarship forms with the club, in 2020/21, in a Premier League South win against Southampton. Kyerematen is an England youth international, who was in my opinion one of the Spurs Under 18 sides’ best players last season, scoring seven goals and providing six assists for the side, from 28 competitive appearances. He also stepped up to play for the Spurs Under 23 side on one occasion last season. A versatile midfield player who can play as a defensive-midfielder, a central-midfielder and as a CAM, Rio Kyerematen is highly skilful on the ball. The player who signed his first professional contract last season, is very capable of going past players with great skill, and he likes to go on surging and skilful forward runs with the ball from midfield.

A very promising player, Rio Kyerematen impressed in a really good number of games last season as a first year scholar, in my opinion. He impressed greatly in many of the games that he was involved in (Rio hardly missed a game for the Spurs Under 18 side last season), and his statistics regarding goals and assists were also impressive. Kyerematen had some very good games against Crystal Palace (at home) when he captained the side, West Ham United (at home), and in both Premier League South fixtures with Norwich City. Always looking to make decisive forward passes, Rio is a very good passer of a football, and he has a good range of passing. In addition, he is also very reliable on the ball, is very good at dribbling with the ball and at turning with it, and he uses the ball really well. I was impressed with how Rio would link the play in games last season for Stuart Lewis’ side, and he had a really good balance to his game, regardless of which position he would start matches in.

A good defensive-midfielder, as Rio showed in a couple of games last season, the second year scholar is tenacious and good at winning the ball in midfield, on the occasions that he has played in that position. A clinical finisher with the ball on the edge of the penalty area, Rio Kyerematen can strike a football really well, and it resulted in him finishing last season as the third highest top scorer for the Spurs Under 18 side in 2021/22. I’m sure that the 2022/23 season will be another season that Rio does really well in, for Spurs and England, and I would not be surprised if he went on to feature quite a lot for the Spurs Under 21 side at times this season. I would like to wish Rio all the very best of luck for the 2022/23 season.