Spurs Under 19’s 0-2 De Graafschap: (match report)

In their final group game of the Terborg Tournament, Spurs’ Under 19 side faced Dutch side De Graafschap. Wayne Burnett’s side lost the game 2-0. Adam Hayton started in goal for Spurs, while a back four of George Abbott, Alfie Dorrington, Matthew Craig and Jahziah Linton started in front of him. Rio Kyerematen and Nile John started in midfield, as Romaine Mundle and Jaden Williams started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Toby Adeyemo would lead the line for Spurs. De Graafschap got the match underway. However, the game didn’t get off to a good start for Spurs, who conceded an early goal. Goalkeeper Adam Hayton’s pass out from his penalty area was met by De Graafschap’s number 12, who quickly passed the ball to the number nine in the centre of the Spurs box, and he was able to finish low past Hayton, 0-1. Hayton saved an effort from De Graafschap’s number ten shortly after the game resumed, before De Graafschap doubled their lead. The De Graafschap number seven’s cross from the left was met by the De Graafschap number ten, who calmly finished past Adam Hayton and into the goal, 0-2.

George Abbott blocked a volley from the De Graafschap number seven, before he then did really well to block an effort from the same player inside the Spurs box, before the De Graafschap number ten hit a deflected effort wide of the goal. Alfie Dorrington blocked an effort from the number seven late on in the half, and just before the referee sounded his whistle for half-time. Spurs got the second half underway. Charlie Davis and Yago Santiago came on to replace Toby Adeyemo and Jamie Donley respectively. De Graafschap’s number 12 hit an effort just over from the edge of the Spurs box, before Yago Santiago headed over Romaine Mundle’s cross, at the other end of the pitch. Billy Heaps came on to replace Rio Kyerematen, and then Jack Grieves came on to replace Nile John. After meeting number 22’s cross, De Graafschap’s number ten had an effort saved by Adam Hayton, who a couple of minutes later saved an effort from the same player inside the Spurs box. De Graafschap’s number seven hit an effort into the side-netting of Adam Hayton’s goal, from the left side of the Spurs box, before George Abbott blocked De Graafschap’s number 22’s effort inside the Spurs box, with the referee then sounding his whistle for full-time.

Unfortunately this result means that Spurs finish the Van Egmond group in fourth place. They face Borussia Monchengladbach tomorrow morning, in a seventh/eighth place play-off match.

My Spurs player of the match: George Abbott. Starting the match at right-back first year scholar George Abbott defended solidly during the 2-0 loss to De Graafschap, and he often stayed deep. Abbott made some good blocks, including one very good one to stop what seemed a certain goal during the first half. 

Spurs Under 19’s 0-1 Fluminense: (match report)

In their second group of game of the Terborg Tournament, Spurs’ Under 19 side faced Brazilian side Fluminense. Wayne Burnett’s side lost the game 1-0, against a Fluminense side who were much the better team, during the match. Spurs lined-up with Aaron Maguire in goal, while a back four of Dermi Lusala, Alfie Dorrington, Matthew Craig and Jahziah Linton started in front of him. Rio Kyerematen and captain Nile John started in midfield, as Yago Santiago and Romaine Mundle started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jack Grieves. Jamie Donley would lead the line for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway. The Fluminense number nine hit an early effort into the side-netting of Aaron Maguire’s goal, from the left side of the Spurs box, before the Fluminense number 11 delivered a cross into the Spurs box, which was met by a forward, whose effort came off of the underside of Maguire’s crossbar before bouncing up. The ball then came to their number five, whose overhead kick went over the Spurs goal. Alfie Dorrington blocked an effort from the Fluminense number seven, and then at the other end of the pitch Romaine Mundle was brought down inside the Fluminense box, by their right-back, and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. However, Mundle’s following effort was saved by the goalkeeper, who went the right way. 

A free-kick which was delivered into the Spurs penalty area by Fluminense’s number six, was headed wide of the Spurs goal. Dermi Lusala received a yellow card a couple of minutes before a quickly taken free-kick from the number seven of Fluminense, allowed their left winger space and time with the ball on the left side of the Spurs box. However, Aaron Maguire came rushing out to close down his angles, and he made a good save to stop his effort on goal. Maguire then saved an effort from Fluminense’s number ten inside the Spurs box, before Alfie Dorrington blocked an effort from the number ten, with the ball then going to Fluminense’s number six. His effort from the edge of the Spurs box was really well saved by Aaron Maguire. From a corner-kick late on in the first half, Fluminense’s number three headed the delivery into the box just over the Spurs goal, before the referee sounded his whistle for half-time. Fluminense got the second half underway, and then not long into the half Spurs made a double substitution, as Jack Grieves and Rio Kyerematen were replaced by Toby Adeyemo and Charlie Davis respectively. 

It was from a free-kick that Fluminense took a deserved second half lead, after the ball came to Fluminense’s number five inside the Spurs box, and his low effort found the bottom right hand corner of Aaron Maguire’s goal. Shortly after replacing Yago Santiago, Billy Heaps was shown a yellow card. Fluminense’s number 11 hit an effort wide of the Spurs goal, a couple of minutes before Jamie Donley and Toby Adeyemo both had efforts on goal blocked in quick succession. George Abbott replaced Dermi Lusala at right-back, before Toby Adeyemo hit an effort over on the volley from inside the Fluminense box. Fluminense’s number 17 hit a late effort wide of the Spurs goal, before the referee brought the match to an end.

My man of the match: Aaron Maguire. The Spurs goalkeeper made some really good saves against Fluminense. Maguire was commanding in goal, and Fluminense would have won the match by more goals, were it not for some great saves from the second year scholar.

Spurs Under 19’s 1-1 KRC Genk: (match report)

A Spurs Under 19 side played their first group stage match of the 2022 Terborg Tournament, when they faced talented Belgian side KRC Genk on Friday evening. Wayne Burnett’s side recorded a 1-1 draw in their opening group match of the tournament. It was a good performance from Spurs however, and in what was a very open second half, either side could have won the match. Adam Hayton started the match in goal, while George Abbott, Alfie Dorrington, Charlie Sayers and Dermi Lusala started in defence. Matthew Craig and captain Nile John started in midfield, with Romaine Mundle and Yago Santiago starting out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Jaden Williams would lead the line for Spurs. Genk got the game underway. Adam Hayton came rushing out of his goal to confidently get to a lofted forward pass, before then clearing number eight’s forward pass (unfortunately I couldn’t manage to find a team-sheet), fairly early on in the game. After Alfie Dorrington was unable to clear/control a forward pass, Genk’s centre-forward and number nine was able to get onto the ball and go forward with the ball down the right side of the Spurs box. Adam Hayton did really well to save the centre-forward’s effort, with Charlie Sayers then clearing the ball.

After receiving a pass from number five on the left side of the Spurs box, Genk’s number 11 hit Adam Hayton’s near post, with a fine effort. An effort from a Genk player was then deflected wide inside the Spurs box, before their number four had a headed effort saved by Hayton, from a Genk corner-kick. Jamie Donley had an effort blocked at the opposite end of the pitch, before the referee sounded his whistle for half-time (each half is 25 minutes long). Spurs got the second hand underway. Wayne Burnett’s side got the second half off to a great start, as Spurs took an early lead. It was a good move, as Santiago passed the ball to Donley down the left side of the Genk penalty area, and his early low cross to Jaden Williams, was tapped past the Genk goalkeeper from close range, 1-0. Nile John hit an effort over from distance on the right flank, before Toby Adeyemo (a player from Watford FC) came on to replace Jaden Williams. After receiving the ball on the left flank and going inside onto his right foot, the Genk number 11 had an effort saved by Adam Hayton. George Abbott then blocked an effort on the edge of the Spurs box, before the Genk number 14 managed to find the bottom right hand corner of Hayton’s goal, 1-1.

After receiving a pass, the Genk number nine had a deflected effort on the turn saved by Hayton. Jack Grieves came on to replace George Abbott, a couple of minutes later. Charlie Sayers headed Yago Santiago’s cross into the Genk penalty area, just wide of the goal. Shortly after that chance for Spurs, Jamie Donley headed wide Romaine Mundle’s corner-kick. The Genk left-back then delivered a cross into the Spurs box, which was met by their number 11, whose headed effort on goal was excellently saved by Adam Hayton. The ball then came to another Genk player, but his effort from close range hit the post, before being cleared. After gettting on the ball on the edge of the Spurs box following a corner-kick, the Genk number 15 hit an effort over Adam Hayton’s goal. Romaine Mundle hit a free-kick from out on the right flank, into the side-netting of the Genk goal, before at the other end of the pitch, the Genk number seven came inside with the ball onto his right foot, before hitting an effort over the Spurs goal.

Spurs came very close to getting a late winner, after Jamie Donley brought the ball forward towards the edge of the Genk box, before hitting a powerful effort which hit the crossbar. Matthew Craig received a late yellow card, before the referee sounded his final whistle. Spurs’ next group match is against Brazilian side Fluminense, tomorrow afternoon.

Player reviews:

  • Adam Hayton: My man of the match, see below.
  • George Abbott: Starting the match at right-back, first year scholar George Abbott defended well, and often stayed deep to help the central defenders, during his time on the pitch. 
  • Alfie Dorrington: The right sided centre-half worked well alongside Charlie Sayers, and the defender from Enfield did some good defensive work, and was also good in the air.
  • Charlie Sayers: This was a very impressive performance from the left footed central defender, who was really assured in defence. Sayers made some really good decisions, was always alert and his positioning was also good. The second year scholar also went on one very good run with the ball, out from defence.
  • Dermi Lusala: Starting the match at left-back, full-back Dermi Lusala supported Yago Santiago well in forward areas.
  • Matthew Craig: The defensive-midfielder worked well in central midfield, before then going to right-back, during the second half. 
  • Nile John: The Spurs captain often got forward well, and like Matthew Craig he worked well in midfield.
  • Romaine Mundle: The winger went on some good forward runs with the ball during the game, and he started the match well. Romaine started the match out on the right flank. 
  • Jamie Donley: This was a good performance from the Spurs CAM, who set-up Jaden Williams’ goal, and also hit the crossbar late on in the game with a really good effort. Donley worked really hard, and his movement off the ball was good.
  • Yago Santiago: Starting the match out on the left flank as a winger, Yago Santiago went on some runs forward with the ball, and he was direct with it. He was also involved in Spurs’ goal.
  • Jaden Williams: The Spurs centre-forward led the line well, and was in a good position to score his goal, early on in the second half.
  • Toby Adeyemo: The Watford player went to centre-forward after replacing Jaden Williams.
  • Jack Grieves: The Watford player went into central midfield after replacing George Abbott during the second half.

My man of the match: Adam Hayton. The goalkeeper and second year scholar made two very good and important saves against Genk, on Friday evening. However, they weren’t the only saves that Adam made, and his all-round performance in goal was very good.

My preview of the Spurs Under 19 side’s participation in the 2022 Terborg Tournament:

On Friday a Spurs Under 19 side will play their first match of the 2022 Terborg Tournament, when they take on KRC Genk in Terborg, in The Netherlands. This is the first time that a Spurs Under 19 side has competed in a tournament outside of England since 2019. So this will be a great occasion for the players who travel to the 2022 Terborg Tournament. Spurs’ Under 19 side have been drawn in the Van Egmond Group (there is two groups in the tournament and group matches are 25 x 2 minutes long), alongside Fluminense, KRC Genk and De Graafschap. The format of the Terborg Tournament is slightly different to the Tournoi Europeen, which the Spurs Under 21 side have competed in regularly in recent years. The top two sides in the group at the Terborg Tournament progress to the semi-finals of the competition, while the remaining sides who finish in third and fourth place in their respective group, will play a one off play-off match to determine where they will finish in the tournament standings. The last time Spurs competed in this tournament, Wayne Burnett was the head-coach, and players such as Dilan Markanday, Luis Binks and Harvey White were all part of the Spurs squad that traveled to Terborg.

Spurs’ first game of the 2022 Terborg Tournament will be against very talented Belgian side KRC Genk. KRC Genk actually beat Chelsea 5-1 in the 2021/22 UEFA Youth League. Fluminense won the Terborg Tournament in 2015, and De Graafschap are a local Dutch side. It will be very difficult to finish in the top two of the Van Egmond Group, and it would be a very good achievement if we did manage to achieve that. Although it is an Under 19’s tournament, I believe that Spurs can select some older players to compete in the tournament. It will be interesting to see whether some of the older players who are officially part of the Spurs Under 23 side will travel along with the team to Terborg. This tournament is a great and prestigious competition (this is the 41st edition of the tournament), and it will be a great three days of football for the Spurs Under 19 side, as they get to play against some really good sides from across the world. I will be travelling to The Netherlands later in the week, to cover Spurs’ matches at the tournament. I’m really looking forward to it, and I would like to wish the Spurs team all the very best of luck for the tournament.

Spurs’ fixtures at the tournament:

Friday: Spurs versus KRC Genk (18:00pm Central European time).

Saturday: Spurs versus Fluminense (13:00pm Central European time).

Spurs versus De Graafschap (16:00pm Central European time).

Sunday: To be confirmed.

Farewell and good luck Kacper Kurylowicz:

Spurs Academy goalkeeper Kacper Kurylowicz has left the club that he has been at for 11 years, after he announced it on his official Twitter account on Monday the 23rd of May. Born in Luton but brought up in Milton Keynes, Kacper had represented Poland at youth level before he first made a competitive match-day squad for the Spurs Under 18 side, during the 2017/18 season, when he made the bench for them on two occasions. Kurylowicz signed scholarship forms with Spurs during that summer, and he made his competitive debut for the club at Under 18 level in a Premier League Cup group game with Middlesbrough in the December of 2018. The talented goalkeeper would make two more appearances for the Spurs Under 18 side during the remainder of that season, as well as one additional appearance at the end of season Terborg Tournament, for a Spurs Under 19 side. After impressing in the one game that he played in for the Spurs Under 21 side at the Tournoi Europeen in France during the following pre-season (2019/20), Kacper made 11 competitive appearances for the Spurs Under 18 side during that season. It was to be a season that I thought that he did really well in.

One of the most vocal goalkeepers that I’ve ever seen at Academy level, the 20 year old is one of my favourite ever Spurs Academy goalkeepers. Very good at closing down the angles inside his penalty area, he has very good reflexes, commands his box well, is good at rushing out of his goal and is also good with his distribution. Kacper is always talking the defenders through matches, and encouraging them as well as telling them what they’re not doing so well at in matches. He is a goalkeeper who you would really want to have in goal, if you were a defender, and he is so passionate on the pitch. In 2020/21 Kacper was promoted to the Spurs Under 23 side, and he made two competitive appearances for the Spurs Under 23 side in the Premier League 2 that season. Although he didn’t actually make any match-day squads for the Spurs Under 23 side during the season just gone (2021/22), he did get some important experience of playing first team football for Isthmian Premier Division side Potters Bar Town, who he made seven starts for. Kapcer seemed to do well at Potters Bar, and I managed to watch one of the matches that he started in (against Bishop’s Stortford) and although Potters Bar lost that game, I thought that Kacper was one of their best players on that day.

I’ve always thought that Kacper is a very consistent goalkeeper, and I’ll always remember that 2019/20 season when he started a good number of matches for the Spurs Under 18 side, and had some very, very good games against the likes of Southampton, Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion respectively. Not only is he a very good and talented goalkeeper who I’m confident will go on and achieve great things in the game, but I also wanted to mention what a great lad Kacper also is. If ever he saw me at matches, wherever they may be, he would always go out of his way to say hello to me and speak to me. I wish Kacper all the very best for his future in the game, and I look forward to following his progress in the game. Farewell and good luck, Kacper Kurylowicz.

Spurs Under 23’s 1-2 Chelsea: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side traveled to the Cobham Training Centre to face a strong Chelsea side which included Trevor Chalobah and Malang Sarr, in their final Premier League 2 fixture of the 2021/22 season. Spurs lost the match, with Chelsea scoring two goals late on in the second half, to make sure that they avoided relegation to the Second Division of the Premier League 2. Spurs lined-up with Thimothée Lo-Tutala in goal, while Kallum Cesay, Marqes Muir, Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Dermi Lusala started in defence. Spurs’ captain Jamie Bowden and Nile John started in midfield, as Romaine Mundle and Yago Santiago started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Alfie Devine. Kion Etete would lead the line for Spurs, who got the match underway on a nice day at the Cobham Training Centre. Early on in the match Malachi Fagan-Walcott made an important and good challenge on Harvey Vale. Then a couple of minute later Yago Santiago had a cross from the left flank pushed away by Chelsea goalkeeper Lucas Bergstrom, just before Romaine Mundle won a free-kick on the edge of the Chelsea box. However, his resulting effort was blocked by the Chelsea wall. Santiago hit an effort wide after going inside with the ball onto his right foot, from the left flank.

Marqes Muir received an early yellow card for a challenge on Harvey Vale, before Spurs managed to create a good chance. Yago Santiago managed to win the ball off of Trevor Chalobah, he then passed the ball to Kion Etete, who gave the ball to Romaine Mundle on the right side of the Chelsea box, but his effort was blocked well by Malang Sarr. After Mundle managed to get onto the ball following a pass from Malang Sarr, he passed the ball to Alfie Devine inside the Chelsea box, but Devine’s effort was blocked. Thimothée Lo-Tutala saved Thierno Ballo’s low effort from the edge of the Spurs penalty area, before Marqes Muir did well to block Thierno Ballo’s effort inside the Spurs box. Malachi Fagan-Walcott had a header saved by Bergstrom, from a Bowden cross, before Jamie Bowden received a yellow card, with the referee then sounding his whistle for half-time. Chelsea got the second half underway. A good Spurs move saw Mundle pass the ball to Devine on the right side of the Chelsea box, and the midfielder then crossed the ball for Kion Etete at the back post, but his effort was deflected behind off a Chelsea player.

Spurs took the lead in the 57th minute of the game, through Kion Etete. Jamie Bowden’s corner-kick was met by Kion Etete at Luca Bergstrom’s back post, and Etete was able to head the ball towards the centre of the goal, with it already having crossed the line when Xavier Simons headed it into the roof of the goal, 1-0. After going on a great run with the ball, Romaine Mundle had an effort from the edge of the Chelsea penalty area saved. Then J’Neil Bennett replaced Alfie Devine, who had picked up an injury. Mason Burstow came very close to meeting a cross into the box, a couple of yards out from the Spurs goal. Nile John hit an effort over from the right side of the Chelsea box, before Kallum Cesay received a yellow card. Max Robson then replaced Nile John, who seemed to have picked up an injury. After going past Dermi Lusala with the ball on the left side of the Spurs box, Lewis Hall squared the ball for Dion Rankine to tap home from close range, 1-1. Max Rosbson received a yellow card just before the game got started again.

Lo-Tutala was able to save Harvey Vale’s curling effort, before Chelsea took the lead for the first time in the game. After receiving a pass from Xavier Simons on the right side of the Spurs box, Mason Burstow hit a deflected effort on goal via a deflection off of Fagan-Walcott, which Lo-Tutala was able to save, but not gather. As Joe Haigh was able to tap the ball into the goal, 1-2. Maksim Paskotši replaced Marqes Muir, in what was Spurs’ final change of the game. Malachi Fagan-Walcott sent a looping header just wide of the Chelsea goal, after meeting Jamie Bowden’s free-kick inside the Chelsea box. Trevor Chalobah then made a challenge on Max Robson inside the Chelsea box, which Robson was adamant should have been a penalty for Spurs. Mason Burstow’s effort from the right side of the Spurs box was saved by Lo-Tutala, before Spurs managed to create one last good chance. Romaine Mundle’s cross to Kion Etete inside the Chelsea box, was headed down by the centre-forward to Santiago, who then passed the ball to Jamie Bowden on the edge of the Chelsea box, but his effort went over the goal. The referee sounded his final whistle a couple of minutes later, to bring Spurs’ Premier League 2 season to an end.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothée Lo-Tutala: The Spurs goalkeeper made some good saves, but it was how he commanded his box and came rushing out his goal to clear the ball on occasions, which impressed me the most today. 
  • Kallum Cesay: The right-back defended well, but he also showed some good skill on the ball.
  • Marqes Muir: I was impressed once again with how the first year professional defended, during the game today. Marqes made a good block in the first half, but he was at times very clever in how he defended against a good Chelsea side.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: My man of the match, see below.
  • Dermi Lusala: The left-back often stayed deep, but he did get forward well on occasions.
  • Jamie Bowden: The Spurs captain made some good passes and took some good set-pieces today. He was creative with the ball, but he also read the game well.
  • Nile John: The midfielder was tidy on the ball, and he supported the forwards well, before unfortunately having to be substituted.
  • Romaine Mundle: Very inventive with the ball during the first half, Romaine Mundle went on some good runs with the ball down the right flank.
  • Alfie Devine: The Spurs CAM made some good passes during his time on the pitch and worked well with the forwards. However, he unfortunately had to be substituted because of injury.
  • Yago Santiago: On his 27th competitive appearance of the season for Wayne Burnett’s Spurs Under 23 side, Yago Santiago started the Chelsea match as a winger on the left flank. He would later move to the CAM position after Alfie Devine was substituted.
  • Kion Etete: The centre-forward made his first competitive appearance of the season for the Spurs Under 23 side on Sunday, after returning from loan club Cheltenham Town. The 20 year old would lead the line well against Chelsea, score a good headed goal and he also held the ball up well.
  • J’Neil Bennett: The second half substitute went out to the left flank, where he played as a winger.
  • Max Robson: The second half substitute went on a good run with the ball down the left flank, into the Chelsea penalty area, and he was adamant that Trevor Chalobah had fouled him, and that he should have had a penalty. 
  • Maksim Paskotši: The late substitute replaced Marqes Muir on the right side of central defence.

My man of the match: Malachi Fagan-Walcott. Starting the match as a left sided centre-half, 20 year old defender Malachi Fagan-Walcott was in my opinion very good defensively against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. The defender read the game so well, made some really good challenges and he didn’t deserve to be on the losing side today. He was excellent.

Spurs Under 23’s versus Chelsea: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 23 side will face Chelsea in their final Premier League 2 fixture of the 2021/22 season, on Sunday afternoon at Chelsea’s Cobham Training Centre (the game starts at 13:00pm). Spurs recorded a 0-0 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, in their last league match. However, Chelsea need to win against Spurs on Sunday, to avoid relegation to the Second Division of the Premier League 2. The reverse fixture between the two sides ended in a 2-2 draw, although Spurs were unlucky not to win that match. The game on Sunday will be a very interesting one, and Chelsea will really be hoping to win the match, but Spurs will be hoping to end the season well. I would like to wish the Spurs team all the very best of luck for the match. 

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala, Cesay, Muir, Fagan-Walcott, Lavinier, Bowden (c), John, Mundle, Devine, Bennett, Robson. 

Subs from: Solberg, Lusala, Paskotši, Matthew Craig, Santiago.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: 2-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: Harvey Vale. The skilful midfielder who has also started matches out wide, was impressive against Spurs in the reverse fixture and he has scored five Premier League 2 goals and provided four assists from 21 appearances this season.

Spurs Under 23’s 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side faced Brighton & Hove Albion in their final home Premier League 2 match of the 2021/22 season, on Monday afternoon. Wayne Burnett’s side recorded a 0-0 draw with Brighton, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Spurs lined-up with Thimothée Lo-Tutala in goal, while Kallum Cesay, Marqes Muir, Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Dermi Lusala started in defence. Captain Jamie Bowden and Nile John started in central midfield, as Romaine Mundle and Yago Santiago started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Alfie Devine. Dane Scarlett led the line for Spurs. Brighton got the match underway. Nile John had an early effort blocked on the edge of the Brighton box, before Spurs’ captain Jamie Bowden hit an effort from the edge of the Brighton penalty area, narrowly over the goal. A good Spurs move followed, as Devine passed the ball to Mundle on the right flank, and he then gave the ball to Yago Santiago, down the right side of the Brighton box. However, the former Celta Vigo player had his resulting effort saved by James Beadle, before the ball was then cleared away.

After receiving Nile John’s pass on the edge of the Brighton box, Romaine Mundle showed some good skill on the ball, before passing the ball to Alfie Devine on the right side of the Brighton penalty area. However, Devine’s powerful effort was tipped behind well by Beadle. Dane Scarlett headed wide from a Jamie Bowden corner-kick, before Santiago had an effort blocked. A long ball forward from a Brighton defender resulted in Lo-Tutala going out of his box to try and clear the ball, but he was unable to, but Malachi Fagan-Walcott was able to get the ball clear in time. Bowden headed an effort wide from Romaine Mundle’s cross, and then shortly after Dermi Lusala saw his deflected effort go wide of the Brighton goal. After receiving the ball on the left side of the Spurs box, Cameron Peupion had a low effort on goal saved by Lo-Tutala. Dane Scarlett just missed being able to meet Romaine Mundle’s cross into the Brighton box, before the referee sounded his whistle for half-time. 

Spurs got the second half underway. Devine hit an effort over the Brighton goal, before Andy Moran managed to find Odeluga Offiah, on the right side of the Spurs box. However, Offiah’s effort went into the side-netting. Dane Scarlett then hit over Romaine Mundle’s low corner kick, inside the Brighton box. Jamie Bowden then hit a free-kick effort (it took a deflection off of the Brighton wall) onto James Beadle’s crossbar. Santiago then headed Mundle’s resulting corner-kick into the side-netting of the Brighton goal. The alert Marqes Muir managed to block behind Cameron Peupion’s effort from inside the Spurs box, just before Alfie Devine received a yellow card after making a challenge. Spurs’ first changes of the game saw J’Neil Bennett and Maksim Paskotši came on to replace Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Dane Scarlett respectively. After meeting Romaine Mundle’s corner-kick inside the Brighton penalty area, Yago Santiago had a good headed effort brilliantly kept out of the goal by James Beadle, before then heading an effort wide from the resulting corner-kick.

After showing good skill on the ball after going inside from the left flank with the ball, Romaine Mundle had an effort saved by Beadle. Brighton then created a good chance, after Andy Moran passed the ball to Todd Miller on the left side of the Spurs box, but Marqes Muir managed to keep up with him, and after doing well to close down his angles, Miller hit the ball into the side-netting of Lo-Tutala’s goal. Max Robson came on to replace Romaine Mundle, and then a couple of minutes later Cameron Peupion’s curling effort on goal was tipped over well by Lo-Tutala. Ed Turns headed a Brighton corner-kick into the side-netting of the Spurs goal, a couple of minutes later. At the other end of the pitch Maksim Paskotši headed over Yago Santiago’s corner-kick. Jamie Bowden then had an effort blocked, before J’Neil Bennett also had an effort blocked. Bowden made an important challenge on Lorent Tolaj, just before the referee sounded his whistle for full-time. Spurs’ final Premier League 2 fixture of the season is away to Chelsea, next Sunday afternoon.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothée Lo-Tutala: The Spurs goalkeeper kept his fourth clean-sheet of the season for Spurs’ Under 23 side, on Monday afternoon. Lo-Tutala made two important saves for Spurs on the day.
  • Kallum Cesay: The right-back got forward well on occasions during the match.
  • Marqes Muir: My man of the match, see below.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: This was a good performance from the centre-half, who during his 66 minutes of the pitch, made one really fine and important challenge. The 20 year old had a good game alongside Marqes Muir.
  • Dermi Lusala: The left-back completed the whole of the match, at left-back.
  • Jamie Bowden: The Spurs captain started the match in the defensive-midfield role, and he managed a good number of goal attempts.
  • Nile John: The midfielder started the match in central-midfield, alongside Jamie Bowden, rather than starting the match in the CAM role.
  • Romaine Mundle: In my opinion Romaine Mundle was Spurs’ most creative player against Brighton on Monday afternoon. The winger went on some good and skilful runs with the ball, and his set-pieces were good.
  • Alfie Devine: He may not have got on the ball as much as he has done in matches this season, but on his return to the Spurs Under 23 side Alfie Devine made a good impression on the game, both with and without the ball.
  • Yago Santiago: Starting the match out on the left flank, Yago Santiago managed a good number of goal attempts today, and he was very unlucky not to score a goal.
  • Dane Scarlett: The centre-forward returned to the Spurs Under 23 side today, and during his time on the pitch he made some good runs off the ball.
  • J’Neil Bennett: The skilful winger went out to the left wing, after replacing Dane Scarlett.
  • Maksim Paskotši: The second half substitute went to the left side of central defence.
  • Max Robson: The late substitute worked hard off the ball during his time on the pitch. 

My man of the match: Marqes Muir. The right sided centre-half was solid, alert and decisive in how he defended against Brighton on Monday. The Lambeth born first year professional made some good decisions in defence today, and he defended well against the talented Andy Moran. Muir did well to close down Todd Miller’s angles to stop him from scoring a goal inside the Spurs box, and that was just one example of his fine defending and reading of the game, during the match against Brighton.

Spurs Under 23’s versus Brighton & Hove Albion: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 23 side will play their final home Premier League 2 match of the season on Monday, (the game starts at 13:00pm) when they host Brighton & Hove Albion at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Wayne Burnett’s side won their last Premier League 2 match 1-0, which was against Derby County on Monday evening. However, the fixture with Brighton could be a more difficult game for Spurs, who were unable to win against them in the reverse fixture earlier this season, when they recorded a 1-1 draw with Brighton. Centre-forward Evan Ferguson is Brighton’s top scorer in the Premier League 2 this season with eight goals, and he is a player that the Spurs defence will have to watch tomorrow. Creative midfielder Andrew Moran is another player who can make a real difference in games. This will be a difficult game for Spurs, but it will be interesting to see who starts on Monday, as the first team don’t have another match until next Saturday. So it will be interesting to see if Dane Scarlett and Harvey White start against Brighton, and also Matthew Craig, who made the bench for the Spurs first team in the Premier League for the first time on Sunday. I would like to wish the Spurs Under 23 side all the very best of luck for the match on Monday.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala, Paskotši, Muir, Fagan-Walcott, Lavinier, Bowden (c), John, Mundle, Donley, Bennett, Robson.

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Cesay, Lusala, Davies, Santiago.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: 1-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Evan Ferguson. The Republic of Ireland Under 21 international is Brighton’s top scorer in the Premier League 2 this season, with eight goals from 17 matches, and he also has first team experience.

A piece on Spurs’ highly skilful Academy midfielder Nile John:

Nile John made his return to the Spurs Under 23 side earlier in the week, in their Premier League 2 fixture with Derby County. The west London born professional footballer who is still on loan with League One side Charlton Athletic (he has yet to make an appearance for them this season), has made good strides this season with the Spurs Under 23 side. John is a versatile midfield player, who can play as a defensive-midfielder, a central-midfielder in a more forward role, a CAM or out wide as a winger. The England Under 19 international who has often been a regular for England at youth level, made his competitive debut for the Spurs Under 18 side in a 5-3 Premier League South win over West Ham United (he provided an assist in that game), during the 2018/19 season. John signed scholarship forms with Spurs during the summer of 2019, but during his first year of scholarship he missed quite a lot of football because of injury. John was however, in fine form for the Spurs Under 18 side towards the end of the 2019/20. Putting in really good performances against the likes of Swansea City and also Southampton, in the final game of that season.

The midfielder was a regular starter and an important player for the Spurs Under 18 side during the first half of the following 2020/21 season, as they started the season well. John made his competitive debut for the Spurs Under 23 side in a 5-1 Premier League 2 win in the January of 2021, and since that match he would spend the second half of the 2020/21 season with the Spurs Under 23 side. During that same season, Nile John made his competitive first team debut for Spurs as a substitute in a UEFA Europa League match against Wolfsberger AC. After spending much of the 2021/22 pre-season with the Spurs first team, Nile started Spurs’ first leg UEFA Europa Conference League play-off match against Paços Ferreira. He subsequently started the season with Wayne Burnett’s Spurs Under 23 side, and he has done really well for them, adding a good number of goals to his game. The first year professional has scored seven goals and provided four assists from 17 appearances for Wayne Burnett’s side, so far this season.

 Nile hasn’t made an appearance for Charlton Athletic’s first team (they only have one remaining fixture this season), apart from making some appearances for their Under 23 side. A midfield player who has almost always started matches as a CAM for Spurs’ Under 23 side this season, Nile John is a midfield player with outstanding ability on the ball. He is more than capable of gliding past players with the ball, with great skill. In addition he has good pace, and likes to go on skilful surging forward runs with the ball from midfield. John’s short passing is very good, and he is a player who can ride challenges well. This season in particular the 19 year old midfielder has shown that he is a clinical goalscorer, especially when receiving the ball on the edge of the penalty area. He has scored some really good goals this season, including two wonderful goals from distance in games against Leeds United and Manchester City. He is able to strike a ball really well, but it is his ability to be very unpredictable with the ball and also his ability to be very capable of producing incredible pieces of skill, to get past players, which is what in my opinion makes him such a promising player.

Nile has really impressed when starting matches as a CAM for Spurs’ Under 23 side this season, and his stats have also been impressive for goals and assists. An incredibly skilful and talented player, it will be interesting to see whether Nile John goes out on loan again next season.