Looking at how former Spurs Academy player Rafferty Pedder is getting on, over a year since leaving Spurs to join QPR:

For a long while he was incredibly unlucky with injuries, during part of his time in the Spurs Academy set-up, prior to signing scholarship forms with the club in 2018. However, midfielder Rafferty Pedder showed great resilience after spending so long on the sidelines. He featured more times than any of his teammates for the Spurs Under 18 side in 2019/20, having made his competitive debut for Spurs at that level during the previous season. He would also feature on a good number of occasions for the then Spurs Under 23 side, over the next two seasons, before leaving the club to join West London club QPR, last January, on a permanent transfer. Having been at Spurs for so long, similar to Dilan Markanday, it would have been a very difficult decision for the Maidstone born footballer to leave the club. Rafferty is a versatile midfield player, who can play in central midfield, as a CAM or out wide on the flanks. A player who plays the game with a real desire to make the difference in matches, the 20 year old is a tremendous athlete, whose skill, determination and positivity on the ball, makes him a real joy to watch.

Rafferty is very good at linking the play, taking up good goalscoring positions, and at scoring and creating goals. He has in my opinion and from the games that I have seen him play for QPR’s B team, in the past year, really flourished. Doing well in matches that he played for the QPR B team in during the second half of last season. The former Spurs man scored two competitive goals for the B team last season, with both of them coming in a dramatic 3-2 win over Wigan Athletic, late on in that season. However, he has contributed far more than just his goals during his time at QPR so far, and the player who made his first team debut for them last pre-season in a friendly with Uxbridge, has already scored four goals for the QPR B team this season. And as I said, from the games that I have seen Rafferty involved in this season, it is his all-round play and ability to be decisive and always look to make that forward pass or take players on, which has made him really standout this season.

Rafferty also has an excellent low centre of gravity and a real amount of pace, and he never stops running. This season I have seen him have excellent games against the likes of Cardiff City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Colchester United’s Under 21 sides. That 2018/19 Spurs Academy intake were such a tremendously talented group of players, and Rafferty is just as good and has just as much potential as anyone in that group has, in my opinion. And I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see him get a loan move at some point in 2023, or even feature for the QPR first team, as he has really impressed for the B team this season. On Friday night I will hopefully be watching Rafferty play for the QPR B team, as they take on AFC Bournemouth in an Under 21 Premier League Cup game.

Looking at how former Spurs Academy player Dilan Markanday is getting on, over a year since leaving the club:

Highly skilful and creative winger Dilan Markanday left Spurs just over one year ago. A very highly rated young Academy prospect, Dilan left Spurs not that long after making his sole first team appearance for them, in a UEFA Europa Conference League group-stage fixture with Vitesse Arnhem. He left to join Championship side Blackburn Rovers, on a three and a half year contract. For someone who has watched Dilan progress through the Academy ranks at Spurs during recent years, I was very sad to see Dilan leave Spurs, a club that obviously means a lot to the Barnet born professional footballer, and it is a club that he has supported for many years. The youngest of all his age group, since joining Spurs as a first year scholar in the summer of 2017, Dilan featured a lot for the Spurs Under 18 side in 2017/18, came on really well under the tutelage of then head-coach Matt Wells, the following season, before spending a number of seasons with the then Spurs Under 23 side. Always improving his game, Dilan bulked up physically, becoming stronger with and without the ball, around the time of the 2020/21 season. And towards the end of that season and going into the following 2021/22 season, he was unplayable for the Spurs Under 23 side, and he was without doubt their most important player, up until leaving the club.

The now 21 year old’s move to Blackburn Rovers would probably have surprised quite a few people, in particular Spurs supporters. With his pace (he has got quicker and quicker over the years), outstanding dribbling ability, agility and creative ability on the ball, as well as a real understanding of the game, Markanday’s talents would long have attracted the interest off of other top clubs. His decision to join Blackburn Rovers however, cannot have been an easy one for the former Spurs man. Soon after joining them, Dilan made his competitive debut for Blackburn, as a substitute in a Championship fixture with Hull City. In that game he picked up a serious hamstring injury which kept him out for most of the second half of the 2021/22 season. He returned for former manager Tony Mowbray’s side in the final game of that season, in a league fixture against Birmingham City. It would have obviously been a long journey to recovery and full match sharpness for Dilan, and after featuring for the Blackburn Rovers first team again, quite a lot last pre-season, Dilan has had to be patient for his chances with the first team.

From four Carabao Cup appearances for the Lancashire club this season, Dilan has scored two goals for the first team, making a really positive impression in those games, as well as a real desire to work hard for the team. In addition to his appearances in that competition, he has made one appearance for Blackburn in the FA Cup, in a 1-0 third round win away to Norwich City. And he played his own important part in the build-up to forward Jack Vale’s goal in that game. One appearance in the Championship this season, as a substitute in a fixture with Rotherham, which Blackburn disappointing lost 4-0, saw Dilan come away from that game receiving praise from fans for his performance. The former Spurs player has also featured for the Blackburn Rovers Under 21 side, and has unsurprisingly excelled for them at that level. Getting injured at such an important and early stage in his time at his new club, must have been very difficult. But from the games that he has played for the Blackburn first team this season, he has shown that wonderful determination, and desire to always be positive and creative on the ball, as well as working so hard off it. 

A player who I very much believe can not only play at the highest level, but also excel at the highest level in the future. Dilan Markanday is a real prospect in the game, and having followed Blackburn’s games very closely this season, I reckon that as they look to earn a play-off spot during the second part of the season, that Dilan will play, hopefully a big and prominent part in helping Blackburn in their quest to achieve that goal. Dilan is more than capable of making a real difference on the pitch, during a long second half of the footballing season, in England’s second tier.

Where are they now? Looking at where the former Spurs Academy players who left the club at the end of 2021/22, are now:

An article that I write around this time every season, where I follow the progress of the former Spurs Academy players who left the club at the end of their contracts at the end of the previous season. In the following piece I will be writing a short update on where those former Spurs Academy players are, who left the club at the end of the 2021/22 season. As always, I wish those former Spurs Academy players all the very best of luck for the future.

Josh Oluwayemi: The 21 year old goalkeeper joined League One side Portsmouth, in the summer, after leaving Spurs in June. A Spurs Academy player for many years, Josh was a regular starter for the Spurs Under 18 side and Under 21 side, during his time at the club. Since joining Portsmouth, Josh has so far made five senior competitive appearances for their first team (all in the Papa Johns Trophy). And as the second choice goalkeeper for Portsmouth this season, Josh has featured many times on the bench for Danny Cowley’s side. Josh has kept three clean-sheets from five appearances for Portsmouth this season, and it would be great to see him start for them against Spurs, in their third round FA Cup tie at Spurs, next month.

Thimothée Lo-Tutala: France youth international and goalkeeper Thimothée Lo-Tutala signed for Championship side Hull City in the summer, after leaving Spurs in June, after his contract had come to an end. Thimothée hasn’t featured for the Hull City first team yet, but he has featured on the bench for them on two occasions. He has however, featured for their Under 21 side on occasions, and the Paris born goalkeeper was called-up to the France Under 21 side for the first time, earlier this season.

Kapcer Kurylowicz: A former Poland youth international, 21 year old goalkeeper Kacper Kurylowicz is a goalkeeper, who like Josh and Thimothée, I think very highly of. Having featured for the Spurs Under 18 and 21 sides in the past during his time at Spurs, Kacper spent some time out on loan with non-League side Potters Bar Town, towards the end of last season. Kacper left Spurs at the end of his contract, after that 2021/22 season had come to an end. He was on trial with West Ham United’s Under 21 side during the start of the 2022/23 season, and he even featured on the bench for their Under 21 side in a Premier League 2 game, at the beginning of the season. During the early stages of the season, Kacper signed for Yaxley FC. The club is based in Cambridgeshire, and they play their football in the Northern Premier League Division One Midlands. From researching Yaxley’s matches, I found out that the former Spurs man has started almost every game for Yaxley, since he signed for them.

Isak Solberg: A regular at youth level for Norway, goalkeeper Isak Solberg only featured for the Spurs Under 18 side on one occasion in competitive competition during his time at Spurs, but he did feature on the bench for their Under 21 side on occasions. A Spurs Academy player for three seasons, the player from Voss in Norway signed for Norwegian OBOS-ligaen (second tier of Norwegian football) Kongsvinger in September of this year, during their season. Isak made the bench for  Kongsvinger on a good number of occasions, but didn’t feature for their first team during that season. With that season now officially ended, I was unable to find out whether the 19 year old goalkeeper will still be with them for the 2023 season.

Tobi Omole: Joining Spurs’ Academy set-up in 2020, as an experienced Academy player from his time at Arsenal. 23 year old central defender Tobi Omole spent two seasons with Spurs’ Under 21 side, in which time he became an important player for the side. Tobi left Spurs at the end of the 2021/22 season, and soon after he would join League Two side Crawley Town. Tobi featured for Crawley Town on five occasions early on in the 2022/23 season, before unfortunately picking up an injury in August. He has yet to return from that injury to play again for Crawley Town, since August.

Dermi Lusala: A highly skilful full-back with good balance to his game, an injury halted Dermi Lusala’s progress at Spurs, during his second season of scholarship with the club. After playing some games for the Spurs Under 21 side last season, Dermi left Spurs at the end of that 2021/22 season. He joined Championship side Coventry City in July of this year, and the 19 year old has featured for the Coventry Under 21 side this season. And earlier this month Dermi joined non-League side Barwell Town on a one month loan.

Jordan Hackett: A former England Under 18 international, left-back Jordan Hackett joined the Newcastle United Academy set-up in July of this year, after leaving Spurs at the end of his contract in June. Jordan has so far featured on eight occasions for the Newcastle United Under 21 side in the Premier League 2 Division Two, a league that they currently sit in sixth place in, going into 2023.

Jez Davies: Skilful and tenacious midfielder Jez Davies was previously with the Leyton Orient Academy set-up, before joining Spurs’ Academy. The 18 year old signed scholarship forms with Spurs in the summer of 2020, and would feature mainly for their Under 18 side, during his time at the club. After leaving Spurs this summer, he played some matches for Chelsea’s Under 21 in pre-season, before spending some time without a club. However, he very recently joined Burnley’s Academy set-up.

Oliver Turner: Creative and hardworking midfielder Oliver Turner featured for the Spurs Under 18 side on one occasion, during his two years of scholarship with their Academy. I recently read that Oliver had joined Aldershot Town’s Academy set-up after leaving Spurs in the summer, but unfortunately I’ve been unable to confirm whether he is still playing for them at Academy level.

Renaldo Torraj: Highly creative winger and Albania youth international Renaldo Torraj, like Jez Davies, featured for Chelsea’s Under 21 side in pre-season, but wouldn’t end up signing for them on a permanent basis, after leaving Spurs in the summer. However, Renaldo signed for Burnley’s Academy in October of this year. He has been with their Under 21 side, and he will be a teammate once again of Jez Davies in the new year.

Khalon Haysman: Former England youth international Khalon Haysman, is a central midfielder who during his time at Spurs, at Under 18 level, liked to get forward to support the forward players. One of the Spurs Academy players who left the club at the end of last season, the 18 year old featured for one of Bolton Wanderers’ Academy sides in November of this year. However, I have been unable to find out if he has actually signed for the League One club.

J’Neil Bennett: A skilful and unpredictable winger, 21 year old professional footballer J’Neil Bennett was at Spurs for a number of years as an Academy player, after joining them from QPR. The scorer of the first ever goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, J’Neil joined Brentford B in late November, after leaving Spurs at the end of last season. Paris Maghoma was another former Spurs Academy player who has represented both Spurs at Academy level and also Brentford’s B team in recent seasons.

Spurs Under 21’s 0-1 West Ham United: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 21 side faced West Ham United at the Rush Green Stadium on Friday evening, in their final Premier League 2 fixture until January. Spurs lost the game 1-0 to a resolute defensive West Ham side. Spurs lined-up with Josh Keeley in goal, as Kallum Cesay, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and captain Matthew Craig started in defence for Spurs. Pape Matar Sarr and Harvey White started the game in central midfield, and Jamie Donley and Romaine Mundle started the match out on the flanks, either side of CAM Alfie Devine. Yago Santiago led the line for Spurs, who got the match underway. Will Greenidge blocked Jamie Donley’s early effort inside the West Ham penalty area, before Malachi Fagan-Walcott blocked Kamarai Simon-Swyer’s effort inside the Spurs box, a couple of minutes later. Spurs were starting to control the game, and after exchanging passes with Alfie Devine on the right side of the West Ham box, Kallum Cesay curled an effort over the goal. Matthew Craig received a yellow card, before Harvey White hit a good effort just over the West Ham goal, from distance.

After receiving Yago Santiago’s pass on the edge of the West Ham box, Romaine Mundle hit an effort over the goal. Then a couple of minutes later Brooklyn Lyons-Foster made a good and important clearance from Kamarai Simon-Swyer’s cross into the Spurs box. After Harvey White had conceded a free-kick and was shown a yellow card for a foul on the edge of the Spurs box, West Ham’s Oliver Scarles stepped-up to curl a really good effort into the top right corner of Josh Keeley’s goal, leaving the Spurs goalkeeper with no chance. The referee sounded his whistle for half-time shortly after. West Ham got the second half underway. Nile John had replaced Pape Matar Sarr at half-time. And the Spurs midfielder headed wide an early cross from Kallum Cesay, soon after the second half had started. Romaine Mundle was fouled by Michael Forbes inside the West Ham box, shortly after, resulting in a penalty kick for Spurs. Jamie Donley stepped-up to take the penalty, but his effort was saved really well to his left, by goalkeeper Krisztian Hegyi. 

Nile John hit an effort over from distance, before then having a curling effort from the edge of the West Ham box saved by Hegyi. After meeting a good through-ball pass, Kamarai Simon-Swyer continued with the ball into the Spurs box, but his effort from a difficult angle went wide of the goal. Harvey White had an effort saved from the edge of the West Ham box, and then the midfielder delivered a cross for Jamie Donley, inside the West Ham box, but Donley’s effort was saved by Hegyi. Damola Ajayi came on to replace Romaine Mundle, before Brooklyn Lyons-Foster did well to block an effort from Keenan Appiah-Forson. Malachi Fagan-Walcott then received a yellow card. Spurs were trying hard to find that equalising goal. Kallum Cesay hit an effort over from the edge of the West Ham box, and then Malachi Fagan-Walcott had a headed effort cleared inside the West Ham box. 

Harvey White’s late effort from the edge of the West Ham box was saved, before West Ham went forward with the ball. The move ended with Brooklyn Lyons-Foster making a great sliding block, to stop Gideon Kodua from testing Keeley, on the right side of the Spurs box. The referee sounded his final whistle shortly after. Spurs’ Under 21 side now don’t have a competitive game until early January, when they face Liverpool away.

My Spurs player of the match – Brooklyn Lyons-Foster. The left sided central defender had in my opinion another very strong defensive game. Lyons-Foster defended really well I thought alongside Malachi Fagan-Walcott, and his reading of the game and overall decision making was good. He also made some good defensive interventions.

Spurs Under 21’s versus West Ham United: (match preview)

In what is their final Premier League 2 fixture until January 2023, Spurs’ Under 21 side face West Ham United at the Rush Green Stadium on Friday evening (the game starts at 19:00pm). Spurs lost 3-0 to Chelsea on Monday, but there were moments in the game when they were unlucky not to have scored goals at important times. West Ham United are currently in bottom place of Division One of the Premier League 2, but they got their first league win of the season in their last Premier League 2 match at home to Wolves, which they won 3-1. West Ham are a good and talented side, and this will be a difficult game for Spurs. I will be reporting on the game tomorrow, and I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Keeley, Paskotši, Fagan-Walcott, Lyons-Foster, Cesay, Craig, John (c), Mundle, Devine, Santiago, Donley.

Subs from: Maguire, Muir, Sayers, Robson, Mathurin.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 1-3.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: Divin Mubama (18). The West Ham United forward and second year scholar who has already featured for the West Ham first team this season, has scored two goals from seven Premier League 2 games this season.

Spurs Under 21’s 0-3 Chelsea: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 21 side faced Chelsea at Kingsmeadow, in a Premier League 2 fixture on Monday evening. Spurs lost the game 3-0. Wayne Burnett’s side lined-up with Josh Keeley in goal, and Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, Charlie Sayers and Kallum Cesay started in defence for Spurs. Matthew Craig, captain Nile John and Alfie Devine started in midfield, as Romaine Mundle and Roshaun Mathurin started out on the flanks, either side of centre-forward Yago Santiago. Chelsea got the match underway, and the home side started the game the better of the two sides. Jude Soonsup-Bell hit a very early effort wide from the inside the Spurs box, with defender Brooklyn Lyons-Foster doing well to close down the angles for him. Matthew Craig then made a good and very important defensive recovery, before Josh Keeley saved Charlie Webster’s effort from the edge of the Spurs penalty area. 

Brooklyn Lyons-Foster received a yellow card on 19 minutes, as Chelsea continued their good start to the match. Kallum Cesay did well to deflect behind an effort from Dion Rankine inside the Spurs box, before Spurs created a good chance of their own. Roshaun Mathurin did well to pass the ball to Alfie Devine, who went forward with the ball at pace from midfield. He eventually worked his way into the Chelsea box, skilfully going past both Zak Sturge and Benjamin Elliott, before hitting a low effort just wide of the goal. Roshaun Mathurin had a good low cross from the left side of the Chelsea penalty area cleared away by goalkeeper Eddie Beach, as Spurs started to grow into the game. Kallum Cesay was shown a yellow card after conceding a free-kick on the edge of the Spurs box, in what was a good chance for Chelsea. However, Jude Soonsup-Bell’s effort hit the Spurs wall, before Charlie Webster hit an effort over on the edge of the Spurs box, soon after.

Malachi Fagan-Walcott headed wide a corner-kick from Romaine Mundle, and then a cross from Romaine Mundle to Yago Santiago in the Chelsea box, resulted in Santiago having his first time effort saved by the Chelsea goalkeeper, Eddie Beach. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster then had a headed effort blocked inside the Chelsea box, before at the other end of the pitch Benjamin Elliott’s effort from the edge of the Spurs box, wasn’t fully gathered by Josh Keeley, with Charlie Sayers eventually clearing the ball. After Lyons-Foster had cleared away a cross, Jude Soonsup-Bell had a headed effort saved by Josh Keeley. The Spurs goalkeeper then saved well from Charlie Webster’s effort inside the Spurs box, and then moments later he got a vital foot on the ball to divert Webster’s effort from the left side of the Spurs penalty area. The referee sounded his whistle for half-time shortly after. Spurs got the second half underway. 

Josh Keeley saved well with his feet after Dylan Williams’ cross was met by Dion Rankine at Keeley’s far post, whose good volleyed effort was saved. After Yago Santiago went forward with the ball, he had an effort blocked on the edge of the Chelsea box. After Cesare Casadei headed a Chelsea corner-kick to Alfie Gilchrist inside the Spurs box, the defender volleyed an effort wide of the Spurs goal. Soon after Lyons-Foster made an important defensive intervention, before Romaine Mundle had an effort saved from the edge of the Chelsea box. However, Chelsea took the lead soon after. Dion Rankine passed the ball to Jude Soonsup-Bell on the left side of the Spurs box, and he found the far corner of Josh Keeley’s goal with a powerful effort. Soon after the game got started again, Lyons-Foster did well to make another good defensive intervention, before Cesare Casadei hit an effort just wide from inside the Spurs penalty area.

Spurs made two changes during the second half, as Marqes Muir and Jamie Donley came on to replace Roshaun Mathurin and Charlie Sayers respectively. Around a minute after being introduced to the match, Jamie Donley had a great chance for Spurs. After receiving Nile John’s pass on the right side of the Chelsea box, Donley hit an effort off his left foot into the side-netting of the goal. Chelsea then made it 2-0, shortly after Matthew Craig had blocked Leo Castledine’s effort inside the Spurs box, Charlie Webster hit a powerful effort in off Josh Keeley’s right post, 0-2. Malachi Fagan-Walcott headed over Romaine Mundle’s corner-kick, before Brooklyn Lyons-Foster had an effort from close range, inside the Chelsea box, saved by Eddie Beach. However, Chelsea then went forward with the ball, as Cesare Casadei passed the ball through to Malik Mothersille, who went forward into the Spurs box and finished low past Josh Keeley, 0-3. Romaine Mundle received a late yellow card before the referee sounded his whistle for full-time. Spurs’ final Premier League 2 fixture of 2022, is on Friday evening at the Rush Green Stadium, as they face West Ham United.

My Spurs player of the match – Brooklyn Lyons-Foster. The central defender, who started the match against Chelsea on the right side of central defence, was in my opinion Spurs’ best player on the day. Lyons-Foster read the game very well I thought, and he made some good and important defensive interventions during the game. His maturity, calmness and composure on the ball was clear to see throughout the match. It’s great to see him playing regular football again for Spurs after his injury.

Spurs Under 21’s versus Chelsea: (match preview)

After only just missing out on getting all three points in their most recent Premier League 2 fixture against Manchester United, Spurs’ Under 21 side will be hoping to carry what was a good performance last Saturday, in to their game with Chelsea on Monday. The game which takes place at Kingsmeadow and starts at 19:00pm, is Spurs’ first meeting with Chelsea at this level since the final Premier League 2 match of last season. In that game Chelsea needed to win to guarantee their Division One status for another season. They scored a late winner in that game, after Spurs had taken the lead through former Spurs Academy player Kion Etete. Unbeaten in their last nine competitive matches at this level, Chelsea are currently in seventh place in the Premier League 2 Division One, with 17 points from 11 league matches. Former Arsenal player Omari Giraud-Hutchinson is a player who Spurs will have to watch closely, as is Cesare Casadei. Chelsea forward Malik Mothersille is also a player who has impressed me a lot in the past. Chelsea will be a difficult team to face, but this will be an interesting game, and as always I wish the Spurs team all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Keeley, Craig, Fagan-Walcott, Sayers, Cesay, Lyons-Foster, White, Mundle, Devine, John (c), Santiago.

Subs from: Maguire, Muir, Robson, Mathurin, Lankshear.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 1-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Omari Giraud-Hutchinson (19). A creative and highly skilful forward who often plays out wide on the flanks as a winger. Omari Giraud-Hutchinson is a player who has a real eye for goal, and he has scored five Premier League 2 goals and provided four assists already this season for Chelsea’s Under 21 side.

Spurs Under 21’s 1-1 Manchester United (match report)

Spurs’ Under 21 side faced Manchester United at Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium, on Saturday afternoon in a Premier League 2 fixture. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side recorded a 1-1 draw with Manchester United. Spurs lined-up with Josh Keeley in goal, while Matthew Craig, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Kallum Cesay started in defence. Pape Matar Sarr (Premier League 2 debut for Spurs) and Harvey White started in central midfield, as Romaine Mundle and captain Nile John started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Alfie Devine. Yago Santiago led the line for Spurs. Manchester United got the match underway. Early on in the match Spurs conceded a penalty, after Pape Matar Sarr had tripped the skilful Zidane Iqbal inside the Spurs penalty area. However, Noam Emeran’s resulting effort from the penalty spot went over Josh Keeley’s crossbar. Nile John then had an effort blocked off the line by a defender inside the Manchester United box, before Alfie Devine had a good chance to take the lead for Spurs. After receiving Santiago’s pass, Devine went forward with the ball into the Manchester United penalty area, before having his effort well saved by Radek Vitek, with Romaine Mundle then hitting an effort wide from the edge of the penalty area.

After Shola Shoretire went past Lyons-Foster down the left side of the Spurs box, the skilful CAM hit an effort off the inside off Keeley’s left post. Shola Shoretire then hit an effort wide of the Spurs goal from inside their penalty area, with Keeley saving Omari Forson’s effort from distance. Romaine Mundle hit a low effort wide from the edge of the Manchester United box, as the game continued to be a lively one. In the 41st minute of the game Spurs took the lead. It was a well worked move which led to the goal, as Devine’s lofted pass to Yago Santiago in the middle of the Manchester United penalty area, resulted in Santiago finding the bottom right corner of the goal, 1-0. Late on in the first half Romaine Mundle hit an effort wide of the goal from inside the Manchester United box, before Matthew Craig had a low effort cleared off the line, in what was the final chance of the half.

Spurs got the second half underway. Kallum Cesay received an early yellow card, before Spurs came so close to doubling their lead. Harvey White’s short pass to Romaine Mundle from a free-kick on the left flank, resulted in Mundle delivering a good ball into the Manchester United box. Malachi Fagan-Walcott headed Mundle’s cross across the face of the goal, to Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, whose volleyed effort from close range hit the crossbar. Toby Collyer blocked an effort from Romaine Mundle, before Josh Keeley made a good save from Charlie Savage, from a tight angle inside the Spurs box. Will Lankshear came on to replace Pape Matar Sarr, just after former Spurs player Tom Huddlestone was substituted on for Manchester United. Rhys Bennett headed a Manchester United corner-kick wide across Josh Keeley’s goal, and then a couple of minutes later the same player headed Shola Shoretire’s free-kick delivery just wide, inside the Spurs box.

Defender Marqes Muir replaced Romaine Mundle, just before Spurs’ goalkeeper Josh Keeley received a yellow card for time wasting. After Marc Jurado went past Marqes Muir with the ball on the right side of the Spurs penalty area, he squared the ball for Shola Shoretire, whose effort went just wide of the goal. Manchester United captain Teden Mengi headed wide Shola Shoretire’s corner-kick, as the game started to come closer to the final whistle. Max Robson replaced Harvey White for Spurs’ final substitution, and then after Marqes Muir had blocked well Noam Emeran’s effort inside the Spurs box, Manchester United equalised late in second half additional time. After Manchester United went forward with the ball in search of a late equaliser, the ball came to Marc Jurado on the right side of the Spurs box, and with his left foot he found the top left corner of Josh Keeley’s goal well, 1-1. The referee sounded his whistle for full-time shortly after. Wayne Burnett’s side face Chelsea away, in their next Premier League 2 fixture, on Monday the 7th of November. 

Player reviews:

  • Josh Keeley: The Spurs goalkeeper made some good and also some comfortable saves during the match, although he wasn’t tested greatly in goal. However, the 19 year old impressed once again with his all-round play.
  • Matthew Craig: The right-back for this match, midfielder Matthew Craig had in my opinion a solid game defensively, up against Noam Emeran.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: My man of the match, see below.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: The versatile and experienced player started and completed the whole of the match on Saturday on the left side of central defence. Lyons-Foster did well defensively alongside Malachi Fagan-Walcott, and he made some good decisions in defence, during the match. He was also very unlucky not to score a goal, early on in the second half.
  • Kallum Cesay: The Sierra Leone international started the game at left-back, before moving out to the right flank where he played for some of the second half as a winger, and where he showed some fine skill on the ball.
  • Pape Matar Sarr: The Senegal international played the game at a good tempo and he pressed the Manchester United players well, from his defensive-midfield role during his time on the pitch.
  • Harvey White: The central midfielder did well both on and off the ball in midfield, and he played his part in what was a good team performance from Spurs.
  • Romaine Mundle: The skilful winger went on some good runs at pace down the right flank, during his time on the pitch.
  • Alfie Devine: Involved a lot in Spurs’ play in the forward areas of the pitch, Alfie Devine did well in the CAM position for Spurs, against Manchester United. Cleverly setting up Yago Santiago’s goal during the first half, Devine came close to scoring a goal himself during the first half, and his movement off the ball was as good as always.
  • Nile John: The Spurs captain started the game on the left flank as a winger, initially. However, John finished the game in central midfield.
  • Yago Santiago: The centre-forward for most of the match had another good game for Spurs. His movement off the ball, link-up play and hold-up play was impressive, and he took his first half goal really well. 
  • Will Lankshear: The second half substitute went up front to play in the centre-forward position.
  • Marqes Muir: Playing at left-back during the second half after being substituted on, defender Marqes Muir made two important defensive interventions during his time on the pitch.
  • Max Robson: The late substitute made one good run at pace off the ball to try and support Yago Santiago’s forward run during a late Spurs chance.

My man of the match – Malachi Fagan-Walcott. The central defender has being playing really well recently for the Spurs Under 21 side. The 20 year old was once again assertive in defence, and I don’t recall him making a single error during the match against Manchester United.

Spurs Under 21’s versus Manchester United: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 21 side face Manchester United at Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium (the game starts at 12:00pm) in a Premier League 2 fixture on Saturday. Wayne Burnett’s side recorded a 1-1 draw with Fulham last Saturday, in what was a game that they were unfortunate not to have won. Manchester United are currently in 11th place in the Premier League 2 Division One, after picking up nine points from ten league games this season. They are of course a good team at this level, and with talented players such as Shola Shoretire, Isak Hansen-Aaroen and support player and former Spurs player Tom Huddlestone in their side, this will be a difficult game for Spurs. Unfortunately central defender Alfie Dorrington, who has started a good number of games for the Spurs Under 21 side recently, had to be substituted against Sporting Clube de Portugal on Wednesday because of injury, in a UEFA Youth League fixture. I will of course be in attendance for the Manchester United match tomorrow, and I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-3-3) Keeley, Cesay, Muir, Fagan-Walcott, Abbott, Lyons-Foster, Craig (c), Devine, Mundle, Donley, Santiago.

Subs from: Maguire, McKnight, John, Robson, Mathurin.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Alfie Dorrington.

Previous meeting: 1-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Charlie Savage (19). The central midfielder (son of Robbie Savage) is a midfielder who likes to get on the ball in the central areas of the pitch, and he has an impressive passing range. I have been impressed whenever I have seen him in the past.

Spurs Under 21’s versus Fulham: (match preview)

The last time Spurs’ Under 21 side faced Fulham in a league match, was during the 2014/15 season (Spurs won that match 2-0). On Saturday both sides meet again in a league fixture at this level (the game starts at 12:00pm, and will take place at Hotspur Way). Spurs lost 1-0 to Stevenage on Tuesday evening, in their final Papa Johns Trophy group-stage fixture of this season. However, Spurs defended well throughout the match, and I thought that Wayne Burnett’s side did well against a Stevenage side who are in really good form. Fulham have picked up 15 points from eight Premier League 2 matches so far this season, and they are currently in fifth place in Division One, in their first season in this division for a good while. The club from West London have a very good side, with players such as Oliver O’Neill, Adrion Pajaziti and Luke Harris all players who have featured for Fulham’s Under 21 side this season. In their last Premier League 2 fixture, Fulham won 7-0 away to Leicester City. 

Jamie Donley received a red card for Spurs’ Under 21 side in their last home league fixture, but because he is still eligible to feature for the Spurs Under 18 side this season, he could be able to return for the game on Saturday afternoon. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Keeley, Cesay, Fagan-Walcott, Dorrington, Muir, White, Craig (c), Robson, Devine, Mundle, Santiago. 

Subs from: Maguire, Lyons-Foster, John, Mathurin, Lankshear.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-0.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: Oliver O’Neill (19). The creative and highly skilful midfield player has made an impressive start to the 2022/23 season, with the Fulham Under 21 side. O’Neill has scored six Premier League 2 goals and provided three assists from eight league appearances this season. The Republic of Ireland Under 21 international has very good off the ball movement, and he reads the game very well.