Some notes on Spurs Under 21’s goalkeeper Josh Keeley and his impressive start to the 2022/23 season:

19 year old goalkeeper Josh Keeley joined Spurs from League of Ireland side St Patrick’s Athletic during the summer, and the Republic of Ireland youth international who is from Dunboyne, in County Meath, was recently called-up to the Republic of Ireland Under 21 side for the first time. However, Josh has in my opinion done really well since he joined Spurs, and in all seven matches that he has been involved in for the Spurs Under 21 side (including pre-season matches) he has impressed, and made some really good decisions and saves in those matches. From his debut against Bromley in a pre-season friendly, I noticed just how confident Josh Keeley was in his decision making, and also with the ball at his feet, and he kept a clean-sheet in that match. The goalkeeper has kept two clean-sheets from five competitive matches for the Spurs Under 21 side, so far this season.

With good and impressive distribution, Josh is so quick off of his line and out of his penalty area to clear the ball. And he is very good at doing this. He did well at the pre-season Tournoi Européen, in France, and after making some impressive saves on his Premier League 2 debut against Leicester City in August, Keeley impressed once again, in his next Premier League 2 match, against Everton. A game that I thought he was the Spurs Under 21’s best player in. Always alert inside his penalty area, the brother of Ballymena United player Conor Keeley, traveled with the Spurs first team to South Korea in pre-season for two friendly matches in July. However, in the Premier League 2 fixture with Everton, which Spurs lost 2-0, Josh Keeley made some very good saves to keep Spurs in the game.

 A commanding goalkeeper from set-pieces, Keeley had an excellent game against Wycombe Wanderers in a Papa Johns Trophy group-stage fixture, earlier this season. Making a number of impressive and very important saves during the match, as he helped Spurs to keep a clean-sheet in a 0-0 draw, in normal time. Although it’s still very early days in his career at Spurs, Josh has so far done really well in all of the games that he has been involved in with the Spurs Under 21 side, and not just in how good his shot-stopping has been, but also in his all-round game, and overall reading of the game. I would like to wish Josh all the very best of luck for the rest of the season. 

Spurs Under 21’s versus Wolverhampton Wanderers: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 21 side were unlucky not to win against Arsenal at Hotspur Way, last Saturday in a North London Derby Premier League 2 fixture, but in the end it ended in a 0-0 draw, despite a good performance in the second half from Spurs. On this Saturday morning (the game starts at 11:00am), Spurs’ Under 21 side face Wolverhampton Wanderers, at AFC Telford United’s New Bucks Head ground. Wolves won 3-0 against Spurs’ Under 18 side in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup, last season. A number of players from that Wolves side have stepped up to the Wolves Under 21 side this season. The last time these two sides met in the Premier League 2 was during the 2019/20 season. Troy Parrott really helped Spurs to get the win, in that game. 

Wolves are a good side, and so far in the league this season they have picked up eight points from eight matches. Defender Dexter Lembikisa really impressed in the FA Youth Cup game against Spurs last season, and forwards Tyler Roberts and Lee Harkin will also be players that Spurs will have to watch on Saturday. I unfortunately can’t make the game on Saturday, but I would like to wish the Spurs team all the very best of luck for the game.

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

Subs from: Maguire, Dorrington, Abbott, Mathurin, Williams.

Injured/unavailable: Kallum Cesay (suspended), Jamie Donley (suspended).

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: Dexter Lembikisa (18). The Wolves player really impressed me last season, in the FA Youth Cup fifth round tie, which Wolves won 3-0. The left-back is very good going forward with the ball, but he is also good defensively, as well.

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

Spurs’ Under 21 side faced League One side Peterborough United at the Weston Homes Stadium, on Tuesday night, in what was Spurs’ second group game of the 2022/23 edition of the Papa John’s Trophy. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side lost the game 3-0. Spurs lined-up with Adam Hayton in goal, while Maxwell McKnight, Marqes Muir, Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Will Andiyapan started in defence. Harvey White and Spurs’ captain Nile John started in central midfield, with Yago Santiago and Romaine Mundle starting out on the flanks, either side of CAM Max Robson. Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs, who got the game underway. After getting past Marqes Muir on the left flank, Ricky-Jade Jones managed to find Jonson Clarke-Harris inside the Spurs penalty area. However, Clarke-Harris’ effort went over the Spurs goal. Jonson Clarke-Harris headed over Joe Ward’s cross, before Romaine Mundle then had an effort blocked at the other end of the pitch.

After going into the Spurs box Ricky-Jade Jones had an effort on goal deflected behind, off of Marqes Muir. Peterborough had started the game well, and on 19 minutes they took the lead. Adam Hayton was unable to gather Kwame Poku’s corner-kick, as Joe Ward was then able to head the ball into the Spurs goal, 0-1. After going on a good run with the ball Romaine Mundle had an effort blocked by Frankie Kent. After turning with the ball Jonson Clarke-Harris had an effort from distance saved by Adam Hayton. Peterborough made it 2-0 shortly after, as Kwame Poku’s low cross from the right flank found Jack Taylor, whose effort from inside the Spurs box was saved by Adam Hayton, before Ricky-Jade Jones was able to finish from close range, 0-2. Adam Hayton was able to save a low effort from distance, before at the other end of the pitch, Romaine Mundle hit a low effort wide of the Peterborough goal, also from distance.

Kwame Poku volleyed an effort just wide of the Spurs goal, from Joe Ward’s cross, as Peterborough continued to be the better team. After receiving the ball inside the Spurs box, Jack Taylor turned with the ball, before hitting an effort on goal, which Adam Hayton saved, with Jonson Clarke-Harris then hitting an effort over the Spurs goal. Late on in the first half Adam Hayton did well to gather the ball from the feet of Jonson Clarke-Harris, before the referee sounded his whistle for half-time. Peterborough got the second half underway, and they soon extended their lead. After Yago Santiago had lost the ball, Jack Marriott went forward with the ball into the Spurs box, before curling a fine effort into the top right corner of Adam Hayton’s goal, 0-3. George Abbott came on to replace the injured Will Andiyapan, before Romaine Mundle had an effort from distance blocked.

Adam Hayton did well to save an effort from Jack Marriott inside the Spurs penalty area, after Spurs had given the ball away. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster came on to replace Max Robson, and then the alert Adam Hayton saved Kwame Poku’s effort from distance. The 18 year old Spurs goalkeeper then managed to save Jack Marriott’s clever volleyed effort on goal. Nile John had an effort blocked inside the Peterborough box, with Spurs then making further changes. As Damola Ajayi and Roshaun Mathurin came on to replace Jaden Williams and Nile John, respectively. Kwame Poku had an effort saved from the edge of the Spurs penalty area by Adam Hayton. The Spurs goalkeeper then saved well from Joe Taylor’s effort on the right side of the Spurs box. Joel Randall hit an effort just wide, after meeting a low cross inside the Spurs box, as the game started to come to an end.

George Abbott and Romaine Mundle both hit efforts over the Peterborough goal in quick succession, before the referee brought the game to an end. Spurs’ Under 21 side now don’t have a game until the 30th of September, when they face Brighton & Hove Albion (away) in the Premier League 2.

My Spurs player of the match – Maxwell McKnight. On his debut for the Spurs Under 21 side, the player who has so often played as a winger for the Spurs Under 18 side over the past year had in my opinion an impressive game, firstly at right-back, and then later at left-back, after Will Andiyapan had picked up an injury. Considering that this was his first ever appearance for the Spurs Under 21 side, the talented 17 year old showed fine defensive reading of the game. Maxwell has already made five competitive appearances for the Spurs Under 18 side, so far this season. Also, Romaine Mundle was in my opinion Spurs’ best forward during the game, as he showed some really good skill and pace on occasions, impressing whenever he got on the ball.

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

Spurs’ Under 21 side face League One side Peterborough United at the Weston Homes Stadium, in their second group game of the 2022/23 edition of the Papa Johns Trophy, on Tuesday night (the game starts at 19:30pm). Spurs lost 3-1 to Blackburn Rovers at Hotspur Way on Saturday, in their most recent Premier League 2 fixture. However, the side that started that game for Spurs, could be quite different to the side that starts against Peterborough United tomorrow, because of international call-ups. Spurs played really well, and they also defended really well against Wycombe Wanderers, in their first group game of the competition. And a similar performance against a Peterborough side who have lost their last six matches, could see Spurs get a good result tomorrow, as they look to progress out of their group. Peterborough are a talented team however, and this will be far from an easy game for Spurs, against a senior side. However, I would like to wish the Spurs team all the very best of luck for the game.

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

Subs from: Hayton, Abbott, Linton, McKnight, Hall, Akhamrich, Mathurin.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Tyrell Ashcroft (injury), Aaron Maguire (international call-up), Jamie Donley (international call-up), Kallum Cesay (international call-up), Matthew Craig (international call-up), Alfie Dorrington  (international call-up).

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: David Ajiboye. The former Spurs Academy player is a very skilful player who has great pace. The 23 year old winger did really well for Sutton United last season in League Two, and he is a player who also has a real eye for goal.

Spurs Under 21’s 1-3 Blackburn Rovers: (match report) 

Spurs’ Under 21 side welcomed Blackburn Rovers to Hotspur Way on Saturday afternoon, for a Premier League 2 fixture. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side lost the game 3-1, but the score didn’t really reflect how the game went, in my opinion. Spurs lined-up with Aaron Maguire in goal, while Kallum Cesay, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Marqes Muir and Tyrell Ashcroft started in defence. Matthew Craig and Harvey White started in central midfield, with Yago Santiago and Romaine Mundle starting out on the flanks, either of CAM and Spurs captain Nile John. Jamie Donley led the line for Spurs, who got the match underway. However, the game didn’t start well for Spurs, with Blackburn Rovers taking the lead in the second minute of the match. After receiving Sam Szmodics pass down the left side of the Spurs box, Jared Harlock continued forward before finishing well past Aaron Maguire, 0-1.

Jared Harlock had an effort saved by Maguire inside the Spurs penalty area, before Tyrell Ashcroft had picked up an injury, and had to be replaced, as Max Robson was substituted on. Romaine Mundle had an effort blocked by Jay Haddow, inside the Blackburn Rovers penalty area, with Jamie Donley then having a deflected low effort from the edge of the away side’s penalty area, saved by Jordan Eastham. Sam Szmodics curled an effort wide of the Spurs goal, before Spurs went forward with the ball down the opposite end of the pitch. Romaine Mundle went inside with the ball from the left flank, before hitting an effort on goal, which was well saved by Eastham. A couple of minutes later and after receiving a pass from Max Robson, Romaine Mundle hit a powerful effort wide of the goal, after going inside with the ball from the left flank.

Patrick Gamble’s powerful effort from distance was tipped over his goal by Aaron Maguire, and then shortly afterwards, and after winning the ball off of Nile John,  Joe Rankin Costello went into the Spurs box, before hitting a low effort wide of the goal. Late on in the half Harvey White had an effort from the edge of the Blackburn Rovers box saved. The 20 year old midfielder then had an effort blocked soon after that initial chance. The referee sounded his whistle for half-time a couple of minutes later. The away side got the second half underway. An early chance came Spurs’ way, as Matthew Craig’s powerful deflected effort inside the away side’s penalty area was saved well by Jordan Eastham, with the ball then going to Jamie Donley, whose effort from close range was also saved.

Former Spurs player Dilan Markanday headed Sam Szmodics’ cross wide, before Spurs went forward down the other side of the pitch. A cross from Kallum Cesay on the right flank, ended up going to Romaine Mundle on the left side of the penalty area, and after some good skill on the ball he curled an effort wide of Eastham’s goal. Marqes Muir did well to block an effort from Joe Rankin Costello, with Spurs once again going forward with the ball. After receiving Harvey White’s pass on the right side of the Blackburn Rovers box, Yago Santiago skilfully went past Georgie Gent, before hitting an effort just over the goal. Malachi Fagan-Walcott was shown a yellow card a couple of minutes later. Marqes Muir blocked Louie Annesley’s effort well inside the Spurs box, before Harvey White blocked an effort from Sam Szmodics. The same player hit an effort against Aaron Maguire’s near post from a tight angle inside the Spurs box, a couple of minutes later.

After receiving Max Robson’s pass, Nile John went forward with the ball before having a powerful effort saved well by Eastham. A pass from Spurs’ goalkeeper Aaron Maguire was latched onto by Adam Wharton, who then passed the ball to the feet of Harry Leonard inside the Spurs box, and the 19 year old forward managed to find the bottom right corner of the goal, 0-2. Marqes Muir again impressed, this time blocking an effort from Sam Szmodics inside the Spurs box, just before Adam Wharton hit an effort just wide of the goal. The game was still quite an even one, but the next goal would prove to be very important. The goal went Blackburn Rovers’ way, after Sam Szmodics received Adam Wharton’s through-ball pass, and  Sam Szmodics’ effort was saved well by Maguire, but the Spurs goalkeeper could do nothing to stop Harry Leonard’s effort on the follow up, into the roof of the goal, 0-3. 

A corner-kick which was delivered well into the box by Harvey White, was met by Marqes Muir, whose effort on goal from close range was saved well by Jordan Eastham. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster came on to replace Nile John, to make his first competitive appearance of the season. After receiving Matthew Craig’s pass on the left side of the Blackburn Rovers box, Jamie Donley hit an effort on goal which was saved by Jordan Eastham, with the ball then bouncing off of Donley and behind for a goal-kick. A good pass from Harvey White to Kallum Cesay on the right side of the away side’s box resulted in the defender hitting an effort wide of the goal. First year scholar Yusuf Akhamrich came on to make his debut for the Spurs Under 21 side, after replacing Jamie Donley. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster had an effort blocked, and then in the 90th minute of the game Spurs managed to get a goal. After Romaine Mundle passed the ball to Matthew Craig on the left flank, the Scotland youth international managed to find Harvey White in the centre of the Blackburn Rovers box with a lofted pass, and the midfielder finished really well into the goal with an effort on the half volley, 1-3. The referee sounded his whistle for full-time shortly after.

Spurs’ Under 21 side face Peterborough United in a Papa Johns Trophy fixture on Tuesday, in their next game.

My Spurs player of the match – Harvey White. Showing his experience in central midfield, Harvey White’s class on the ball and excellent decision making was as impressive as always. Making some good and clever forward passes during the game, the 20 year old also scored a well taken late goal for Spurs. Also, Matthew Craig had a very good game at left-back, where he played at after Tyrell Ashcroft had to be substituted early on in the game. Max Robson linked the play well in the CAM role, and Romaine Mundle went on some good and skilful runs with the ball.

Spurs Under 21’s versus Blackburn Rovers: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 21 side will face Blackburn Rovers at Hotspur Way on Saturday afternoon (the game starts at 13:00pm), in their latest Premier League 2 fixture. Both games ended in draws last season between both sides, and games against the two sides in recent seasons have been very competitive. Always a difficult team to face, Blackburn Rovers are still looking for their first win of the 2022/23 season however, and they sit in 14th place in the Premier League 2 Division One table, having lost all five of their league games this season. I will be at the match tomorrow, and I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck. 

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Keeley, Cesay, Fagan-Walcott, Dorrington, Ashcroft, Craig, White, Santiago, John (c), Mundle, Donley.

Subs from: Maguire, Muir, Mathurin, Robson.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Harry Leonard (19). The Blackburn Rovers forward was in great form for their Under 18 side last season, scoring a lot of goals. And Harry Leonard scored his first goal of the season for the Blackburn Rovers Under 21 side in midweek.

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

On Saturday afternoon Spurs’ Under 21 side faced Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, in their latest Premier League 2 fixture. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side lost the game 3-0, to a Crystal Palace who have started the season really well. Spurs lined-up with Aaron Maguire in goal, while Kallum Cesay, Marqes Muir, Alfie Dorrington and Tyrell Ashcroft started in defence. Matthew Craig and Harvey White started in central midfield, as Yago Santiago and Romaine Mundle started out on the flanks, either side of CAM and Spurs captain Nile John. Jamie Donley led the line for Spurs. Crystal Palace got the match underway. After receiving Killian Phillips’ pass inside the Spurs penalty area, John-Kymani Gordon had an effort blocked by Kallum Cesay. After Spurs had give the ball away, Crystal Palace made the most of the opportunity. David Omilabu passed the ball to John-Kymani Gordon on the right side of the Spurs box. Gordon went past Marqes Muir, before finishing low, into the far corner of Aaron Maguire’s goal, 0-1.

After receiving a pass from Harvey White on the edge of the Crystal Palace box, Nile John hit a curling effort towards the goal (it looked like it had taken a deflection off of a Crystal Palace defender) which hit Crystal Palace goalkeeper Owen Goodman’s left post. Spurs created another decent chance soon after. This time Yago Santiago passed the ball to Kallum Cesay on the edge of the Crystal Palace box, and his deflected effort hit Owen Goodman’s right post. Matthew Craig received a yellow card, before then managing to deflect behind a good effort from Jack Wells-Morrison on the edge of the Spurs box. Crystal Palace doubled their lead on 31 minutes. David Omilabu’s lofted pass from the right found John-Kymani Gordon inside the Spurs box, and his low volleyed effort deflected off of Alfie Dorrington, and past Aaron Maguire in the Spurs goal, 0-2.

After Harvey White had managed to win the ball on the right side of the Crystal Palace box, he went forward with the ball, before Owen Goodman managed to save his effort from a difficult angle. Crystal Palace made it 3-0 soon after. After the impressive David Ozoh passed the ball to Victor Akinwale on the right side of the Spurs box, the England youth international hit an effort on goal, which Aaron Maguire saved, but couldn’t gather. The ball came to John-Kymani Gordon who finished well to get his hat-trick, despite the best efforts of Aaron Maguire and Alfie Dorrington, 0-3. After Yago Santiago received Nile John’s pass, the former Celta Vigo player gave the ball to Jamie Donley on the right side of the Crystal Palace box, but the centre-forward hit the ball across the face of the goal. Nile John then had an effort from distance saved by Owen Goodman, in what was the final chance of the first half. 

Spurs got the second half underway. Nile John hit a low effort wide, from the edge of the Crystal Palace penalty area, early on in the second half. Killian Phillips then hit an effort over Aaron Maguire’s goal, from inside the Spurs box, before Nile John had an effort saved from the edge of the Crystal Palace box. Spurs were trying to get back into the game. Romaine Mundle had a curling effort from the edge of the Crystal Palace box, saved by Owen Goodman. And then at the other end of the pitch, Noah Watson hit an effort over the Spurs goal from distance. After Romaine Mundle had a chance inside the Crystal Palace penalty area, the ball came to Yago Santiago. However, the Spurs forward had his effort saved by Owen Goodman. Malachi Fagan-Walcott came on to replace Marqes Muir in central defence, and then shortly after Roshaun Mathurin came on to replace Alfie Dorrington, with Matthew Craig moving to central defence. David Ozoh hit an effort over from the edge of the Spurs box, before Kallum Cesay hit a low effort wide from the edge of the Crystal Palace box, at the other end of the pitch. 

John-Kymani Gordon hit a late effort over Aaron Maguire’s goal, from the edge of the Spurs box, just before the referee sounded his whistle for full-time. Spurs’ Under 21 side face West Ham United next Saturday afternoon, in their next Premier League 2 fixture.

My Spurs player of the match – Malachi Fagan-Walcott. The 20 year old central defender made his return to the Spurs Under 21 side as a substitute in the 68th minute of the Crystal Palace game, and he read the game well, showed his experience and was assured in defence.

Spurs Under 21’s versus Crystal Palace: (match preview)

After recording a good 0-0 draw with League One side Wycombe Wanderers inside 90 minutes (Spurs lost on penalties, as Wycombe won the extra point) on Tuesday in the Papa Johns Trophy, Spurs’ Under 21 side will face Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon (the game starts at 14:00pm) at Selhurst Park. Crystal Palace are a very good side in Division One of the Premier League 2, and they have started the 2022/23 season really well, picking up ten points from their opening four league games of the season. I watched Crystal Palace’s Under 21 side in a league game recently, and I was very impressed with John-Kymani Gordon, David Ozoh and Killian Phillips. Spurs will be hoping to get another good result this Saturday, after doing well against Wycombe Wanderers during the week. I will be going to the game with Crystal Palace on Saturday, and I would like to wish the Spurs team all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Keeley, Cesay, Muir, Sayers, Ashcroft, Matthew Craig, John (c), Mundle, Donley, Mathurin, Santiago.

Subs from: Maguire, Abbott, Dorrington, Robson, Lankshear.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Jamie Bowden, Alfie Devine, Charlie Sayers.

Previous meeting: Spurs 1-4.

My score prediction: 2-2.

My one to watch: John-Kymani Gordon (19). The Crystal Palace winger has started the 2022/23 season really well, scoring three goals and providing two assists, from four Premier League 2 matches this season. I have been impressed with how he has played in the games that I have seen him involved in, in the past.

Spurs Under 21’s 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers (Wycombe won the extra point on penalties – 4-3): (match report)

Spurs’ Under 21 side faced League One side Wycombe Wanderers in their first group-stage match of the 2022/23 Papa Johns Trophy, on Tuesday evening at Adams Park. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side recorded a 0-0 draw during 90 minutes, in what was a very impressive all-round performance from Spurs, against Wycombe. However, after both sides had picked up one point from the result after 90 minutes, the game went to penalties, to determine who would win the extra point. Unfortunately for Spurs, Wycombe won the extra point, after winning 4-3 on penalties. Spurs started the match with Josh Keeley in goal, while Matthew Craig, Alfie Dorrington, Marqes Muir and Tyrell Ashcroft started in defence. Harvey White and captain Nile John started in central midfield, as Kallum Cesay and Romaine Mundle started out wide on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Yago Santiago led the line for Spurs, who got the match underway. 

Jack Wakely volleyed wide Daryl Horgan’s free-kick delivery into the Spurs box, early on in the match. Spurs’ goalkeeper Josh Keeley did well to tip Joe Jacobson’s curling corner-kick away from the Spurs goal, a couple of minutes later, as Wycombe started the game well. Joe Jacobson headed an effort just wide from a cross, before Marqes Muir blocked Jasper Pattenden’s effort on the edge of the Spurs penalty area. Matthew Craig then managed to block an effort from Joe Jacobson, just before a Wycombe corner-kick which was delivered towards Connor Parsons at the back post of Josh Keeley’s goal, was saved well by The Republic of Ireland youth international, from Parsons’ powerful effort. Wycombe were continuing to see more of the ball, and after Jasper Pattenden headed wide Joe Jacobson’s cross, Connor Parsons received the ball on the left side of the Spurs penalty area, but his powerful effort was well saved by Josh Keeley, with the ball then going behind for a goal kick.

After Jamie Donley had passed the ball to Romaine Mundle on the left flank, the skilful winger went forward with the ball, into the Wycombe box. He then came inside with the ball onto his right foot, before hitting an effort at Wycombe goalkeeper Max Stryjek’s goal, which was well saved by the former Sunderland goalkeeper. Yago Santiago curled an effort over from the edge of the Wycombe box, before Romaine Mundle took a free-kick early and found Kallum Cesay on the right side of the Wycombe penalty area. Cesay’s resulting effort on goal was saved by Max Stryjek. Nick Freeman hit a late effort wide of the Spurs goal, from the edge of their penalty area, before the referee sounded his whistle for half-time. Wycombe got the second half underway. Ben Kaninda headed over Joe Jacobson’s free-kick, before Marqes Muir did well to rush Ali Al-Hamadi’s effort on the edge of the Spurs box, which went wide of Josh Keeley’s goal. After going past Alfie Dorrington on the left side of the Spurs box, Adam Leathers was met by Josh Keeley who had closed down his angles and eventually made a good save.

Adam Leathers delivered a low cross into the Spurs box which bounced off of Daryl Horgan, before the alert Josh Keeley managed to gather the ball. Roshaun Mathurin came on to replace Harvey White, before Connor Parsons’ effort from the left side of the Spurs box, was really well blocked behind by Alfie Dorrington. Nile John then hit a low effort on the Wycombe goal from the edge of their penalty area, which was saved by Max Stryjek. After receiving Marqes Muir’s pass on the right flank, Kallum Cesay went forward with the ball into the Wycombe penalty area. His resulting effort on goal was blocked and eventually cleared away, just before Yago Santiago was able to score a goal from close range. Max Robson came on to replace Romaine Mundle in the 78th minute of the game, in what turned out to be Spurs’ final substitution. After winning the ball on the edge of the Wycombe penalty area Tyrell Ashcroft hit a powerful effort which went over Max Stryjek’s goal.

Ali Al-Hamadi managed to get on the ball after Marqes Muir had lost the ball. The former Swansea City player went forward towards the edge of the Spurs box, before hitting an effort over Keeley’s goal. Marqes Muir got a very important foot on the ball inside the Spurs box soon after, to divert Ali Al-Hamadi’s effort away from the Spurs goal. Muir then blocked a late effort from Ali Al-Hamadi inside the Spurs box, before the referee sounded his whistle for full-time. Onto penalties, and Jamie Donley stepped up to take the first penalty for Spurs. His effort off his left foot went into the top right hand corner of the goal, 1-0. Ali Al-Hamadi equalised to make it 1-1, after his penalty went into the bottom right corner of Josh Keeley’s goal. Nile John then stepped up to find the bottom right corner from his penalty kick, before Daryl Horgan found the bottom left corner of the goal, to make it 2-2. Kallum Cesay unfortunately hit his effort against the crossbar, before Jason McCarthy’s effort was then saved well by Josh Keeley, to his right.

Spurs’ fourth penalty was taken by Yago Santiago, but his low effort was saved to his left by Max Stryek. Jack Wakely then made it 3-2, with a cool finish into the roof of the goal. Roshaun Mathurin made it 3-3 from his penalty into the left of the goal. However, the decisive penalty kick was scored by Jack Young, whose effort went into the bottom left corner of the goal, although Keeley had managed to get a hand on the ball, 4-3. This was a very respectable point for Spurs against Wycombe, and it was also a really good performance. Spurs’ Under 21 side face Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, in their next Premier League 2 fixture.

Player reviews:

  • Josh Keeley: On his return to the side the Republic of Ireland youth international and goalkeeper had another very impressive game. Josh Keeley made some really good and important saves, and his decision making and distribution was also good against Wycombe. Keeley saved one penalty, and was unlucky not to have saved another, after the 90 minutes of the match had ended.
  • Matthew Craig: Starting the match at right-back, midfielder Matthew Craig was very tidy on the ball, and he did well in defence. Craig played some of the latter stages of the game in midfield.
  • Alfie Dorrington: My man of the match, see below.
  • Marqes Muir: This was a very good defensive performance from Marqes Muir, who was always very composed on the ball, and alongside Alfie Dorrington, both players dealt well with crosses and long balls into the Spurs box. Marqes Muir’s decision making was very good.
  • Tyrell Ashcroft: The left-back for the match, Tyrell Ashcroft had a good balance to his game against Wycombe Wanderers. The 18 year old did get forward well down the left flank, but he was also solid defensively.
  • Harvey White: The 20 year old showed his experience during his time on the pitch in central midfield, and he moved the ball around the pitch well. On his second appearance of the season for the Spurs Under 21 side, Harvey White completed 64 minutes of the match.
  • Nile John: The Spurs captain and central midfielder got on the ball quite a bit during the match, in midfield. John had one effort on goal which was saved during the second half.
  • Kallum Cesay: Starting the match on the right flank as a winger, Sierra Leone international Kallum Cesay would later move to the right-back position. He went on some good forward runs with the ball during the match.
  • Jamie Donley: The Spurs CAM worked so hard off the ball, and he was always looking to receive it, and also to try and make a good impression on the game.
  • Romaine Mundle: After creating a good chance during the first half, the skilful winger looked good whenever he got on the ball, during his time on the pitch.
  • Yago Santiago: The Spurs centre-forward for much of the match, Yago Santiago didn’t get a lot of service. However, that was to be expected playing against a League One side, and he did work well off the ball before moving out to the left flank, later on in the game.
  • Roshaun Mathurin: The second half substitute went out to the right flank to play as a winger. The 18 year old showed some good skill on the ball, and he was always looking to go forward with it.
  • Max Robson: The late substitute went to the CAM position.

My man of the match – Alfie Dorrington. The second year scholar and central defender had in my opinion a really good debut performance, on what was his first ever competitive appearance for the Spurs Under 21 side. The Enfield born England youth international won a good amount of headers, showed his quality on the ball alongside Marqes Muir, and he dealt really well with Wycombe’s direct approach to the match. Dorrington went on some good surging forward runs out of defence, and he made some very good decisions in defence.

Spurs Under 21’s versus Wycombe Wanderers: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 21 side will face League One side Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday evening at Adams Park (the game starts at 19:00pm), in their first group-stage match of the 2022/23 Papa Johns Trophy. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side will be looking to record their first competitive win of the new season, later today. However, that won’t be easy, as Wycombe are a very good League One side. Spurs will be hoping to get a good result in Buckinghamshire in their opening group match, as they are in a difficult group which also includes Peterborough United and Stevenage. Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe Wanderers side includes former Norwich City Academy player Anis Mehmeti, who has started the season really well. Also, it will be interesting to see if creative forward/midfielder and Republic of Ireland international Daryl Horgan plays this evening. This will be a very difficult game for Spurs, but it will also be a great experience for Wayne Burnett’s side. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Maguire, Craig, Muir, Fagan-Walcott, Ashcroft, White, John (c), Mundle, Donley, Mathurin, Santiago. 

Subs from: Hayton, Cesay, Dorrington, Abbott, McKnight, Robson, Williams.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Jamie Bowden, Alfie Devine, Charlie Sayers.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: 2-2.

My one to watch: Daryl Horgan (30). The Republic of Ireland international can play in midfield and out wide on the flanks. He is a creative and experienced player, and one that the Spurs players will have to watch closely throughout the match.