Spurs Under 23’s versus Manchester City: (match preview)

On Saturday (the game starts at 12:00pm) Spurs host the reigning Premier League 2 Division One champions – Manchester City, at Hotspur Way, in their latest Premier League 2 game. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side go into this game in good form, having won four of their last five league games, while Manchester City have only won one of their last five league games, and are now one place behind Spurs in the table, in fourth place. Spurs won 3-1 away to Manchester City in the league back in October, and they’ll be hoping to keep up their fine run of form tomorrow. Manchester City are a very good team, and with players like Cole Palmer, James McAtee and Kayky, they will be very difficult to win against. However, Cole Palmer and James McAtee made the bench for Manchester City’s first team in midweek, and with their first team playing again on Saturday, it will be interesting to see if they make the first team squad again. Spurs played very well against Everton last Friday when they won 4-0 at The Lamex Stadium, and tomorrow they’ll be looking to impress once again. I will be reporting on Saturday’s match, and would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala, Lavinier, Fagan-Walcott, Omole, Cesay, Lyons-Foster, White (c), Markanday, John, Santiago, Clarke.

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Matthew Craig, Michael Craig, Mundle, Mukendi.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Dane Scarlett.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 

My one to watch: James McAtee. If he does play against Spurs on Saturday then the 19 year old will be a player for Spurs to watch. The CAM was outstanding against Spurs at Hotspur Way, in their final competitive Under 23 game of last season, and McAtee has already scored 11 league goals and provided two assists this season. 

Spurs Under 23’s 4-0 Everton: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side welcomed Everton to The Lamex Stadium on Friday evening, in their latest Premier League 2 game. Spurs won the game 4-0 and they were much the better team throughout the game. Spurs lined-up with Thimothée Lo-Tutala in goal, while a back four of Marcel Lavinier, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Tobi Omole and Kallum Cesay started in-front of him. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and captain Harvey White started in central midfield, and Dilan Markanday and Romaine Mundle started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Nile John. Jack Clarke once again led the line for Spurs. Everton got the game underway on a very cold evening in Hertfordshire, but the game got off to the perfect start for Spurs, who took the lead just 27 seconds into the game. A bouncing ball wasn’t dealt with by the Everton defence, and centre-forward for the evening Jack Clarke latched onto the ball, before going past Lewis Warrington. Clarke then took the ball into the Everton box as he continued forward, before then finally finishing in a composed fashion past goalkeeper Harry Tyrer, with a low strike, 1-0. Everton tried to respond and after Thomas Cannon received the ball inside the Spurs penalty area, he tried his luck on goal. However, Lo-Tutala saved well to tip the ball behind.

Ryan Astley headed wide from an Everton corner-kick, and then a couple of minutes later and after Dilan Markanday won a free-kick on the edge of the Everton box, Harvey White struck the Everton wall with his effort. Romaine Mundle then had an effort blocked inside the Everton box, before at the other end of the pitch Ryan Astley headed just wide from a Rhys Hughes corner-kick. Lyons-Foster headed wide from a Harvey White cross not long before half-time, and then the final piece of action of the half saw Harry Tyrer save Nile John’s low effort from the edge of the Everton box. Spurs got the second half underway and it started well for Spurs, who doubled their lead on 50 minutes. Romaine Mundle passed the ball to Harvey White down the left side of the Everton box, and the Spurs midfielder cut the ball back for Dilan Markanday at the back post, via a deflection off of an Everton player. Markanday received the ball and finished with a first time effort which hit the back of the Everton goal, 2-0. Jack Clarke had a low effort saved from inside the Everton box, shortly after the game got back underway, before Ryan Astley hit an effort over the Spurs goal. 

After receiving Kyle John’s pass down the left flank Rhys Hughes continued forward with the ball and into the Spurs box. However, his resulting effort was saved by Lo-Tutala. Spurs made it 3-0 on 62 minutes, after right-back Marcel Lavinier went on a good forward run with the ball down the right flank, he slipped the ball into the feet of Harvey White, who had made a good run down the right hand side of the Everton box. The midfielder finished well with his right foot, as his effort hit the inside roof of the net, 3-0. Romaine Mundle received a yellow card shortly afterwards, before Rhys Hughes hit a free-kick wide of the Spurs goal. Lyons-Foster then blocked an effort well from the same player. Defender Malachi Fagan-Walcott extended Spurs’ lead after he powerfully headed home a great cross from the left into the Everton box from Harvey White, 4-0. Rhys Hughes then headed over Kyle John’s cross, before Spurs made a double substitution, as Dilan Markanday and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster were withdrawn in place of twin brothers Matthew and Michael Craig. Jeremie Mukendi was then introduced soon after, in place of Romaine Mundle. Kallum Cesay received a yellow card, before Thomas Cannon struck one of Thimothée Lo-Tutala’s posts, in what turned out to be the final piece of action from the game. Spurs play Manchester City at Hotspur Way next Saturday, in their next league game.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothée Lo-Tutala: This was another solid performance from the France Under 19 international, who dealt well with crosses and set-pieces, but who also made a number of good saves.
  • Marcel Lavinier: The right-back liked to go on forward runs a lot during the game, and one such forward run ended in him setting-up Harvey White for his goal. Lavinier had another good game at right-back.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: Taking his late goal well and also impressing in central-defence, defender Malachi Fagan-Walcott made a good impression on the game.
  • Tobi Omole: The left sided centre-half was very good on the ball and he brought it out from the back really well, and also made some good passes. Omole was also assertive in defence and didn’t put a foot wrong during the game.
  • Kallum Cesay: The full-back played at left-back for this match, and he tended to stay deeper than Marcel Lavinier on the other flank, but I thought that he did well.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Good on the ball, playing the game at a good tempo and also being in good defensive positions, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster continued his fine season with another good display in midfield.
  • Harvey White: My man of the match, see below.
  • Dilan Markanday: The winger started out on the right flank and he grew into the game. Markanday took his goal well and also made runs into numerous good positions.
  • Nile John: The CAM made some good runs, came close to scoring and also linked-up well with midfielder Harvey White throughout the game.
  • Romaine Mundle: Playing out on the left flank Romaine Mundle held onto the ball well and went on some skilful runs with it. He was also involved in our second goal of the game.
  • Jack Clarke: Pressing the Everton defence superbly well throughout the game, Jack Clarke made some clever runs off the ball and took his goal really well.
  • Matthew Craig: The Barnet born midfielder went into midfield following his introduction to the game.
  • Michael Craig: Like his brother Michael Craig also played in central midfield after being introduced during the second half.
  • Jeremie Mukendi: The 21 year old forward came on late in the game to make his first appearance of the season for the Spurs Under 23 side. It was good to see Jeremie involved again, and during his time on the pitch he played in the centre-forward role.

My man of the match: Harvey White. The 20 year old midfielder had yet another very good game for Spurs’ Under 23 side. The player from Maidstone created numerous good chances for his teammates against Everton. Assertive and skilful in midfield, Harvey White provided two good assists and also took his goal really well. Harvey helped to dictate the tempo of the game from midfield, and he made many really good forward runs off the ball. After the game on Friday he has now been directly involved in 14 goals (seven goals and seven assists) from 16 competitive appearances for the Spurs Under 23 side this season.

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

After impressively winning 4-1 away against Leicester City on Monday evening in the Premier League 2, Spurs’ Under 23 side have another league game to look forward to this week. Wayne Burnett’s side will welcome Everton to Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium on Friday evening (the game starts at 19:00pm) and a win for Spurs could lift them up to third place in the league table. Everton are five points and four places behind Spurs in Divison One, and they are unbeaten in their last four competitive games. Spurs beat Everton 2-1 and recorded a 0-0 draw with them in the league last season. Everton are a side who will try and make it difficult for Spurs to try and play their passing style of football, but the team from Merseyside also play good football and are effective at it too. Centre-forward Ellis Simms is a player that the Spurs defence will have to watch closely tomorrow if he does play, as he is very clinical in-front of goal. This will be an interesting game of football tomorrow, and I look forward to reporting on it. I would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala, Lavinier, Fagan-Walcott, Omole, Cesay, Lyons-Foster, White (c), Markanday, John, Mundle, Clarke.

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

Injured/unavailable: Dane Scarlett.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Ellis Simms. The 20 year old centre-forward who scored ten league goals in 23 league appearances on loan at Blackpool last season, is a clinical centre-forward who has always impressed me in the past. Simms has a great goalscoring record at Academy level for Everton.

Some notes on Spurs loanees Kion Etete and Jamie Bowden’s respective performances in the Northampton Town v Oldham Athletic game:

Spurs loanee Jamie Bowden completed the entirety of Oldham Athletic’s most recent League Two game, which was against Northampton Town on Tuesday evening. While centre-forward and Spurs loanee Kion Etete completed 83 minutes of the match for Northampton Town, and he also scored an important goal for the home side. The game took place at Northampton’s Sixfields Stadium, and in the following piece I will be writing down some notes (in chronological order) from each players performance.

Kion Etete: Starting the game well, centre-forward Kion Etete was impressing early on in the match. His first real involvement of the game came when he headed over a looping cross into the Oldham penalty area, from Sam Hoskins. Shortly afterwards and inside the Oldham box after a free-kick, the 19 year old appeared to  (I’m not 100% on whether he did or not) get a foot on the ball to direct it towards Jon Guthrie who finished well, after the ball had fortuitously came Kion’s way. Etete then came very close getting contact on the ball from a low whipped cross in from the left flank into the Oldham box. However, defender Carl Piergianni was able to clear the ball. A couple of minutes later the Derby born player headed over Mitchell Pinnock’s corner-kick into the Oldham box. Then and after making a run to the near post of the Oldham goal, Kion headed over Aaron McGowan’s cross back across the goal and wide. The Spurs player was winning all of his aerial duels, and also drifting out wide and making runs down the right flank on occasions. Trying to turn provider, Kion received the ball on the right flank, before delivering the ball into the Oldham box, but it was cleared away.

In the 38th minute of the game Northampton doubled their advantage, through Kion Etete. Mitchell Pinnock’s cross from the left was met by Etete inside the Oldham box, and he set himself up well to receive the ball before directing the ball across the goal and into the far corner of the net, on the volley. Shortly before the half-time whistle went Kion played a clever one-two with Pinnock, but the Oldham goalkeeper rushed out of his box, and Kion was unable to make sufficient contact with the ball to control it. Continuing to press well and holding the ball up well during the second half, Northampton’s player of the match wasn’t involved a lot in the second half (he came off in the 83rd minute of the match) as Oldham grew back into the game more. However, this was another impressive performance from Kion, who continues to do well for Northampton.

Jamie Bowden: Starting in central midfield alongside former Manchester United player Callum Whelan, Jamie Bowden’s first real involvement of the game arrived early on. After making a good pass to start a forward move for Oldham, the ball came back to Bowden out on the right flank, but his resulting cross went behind for a goal kick. During the first half the Republic of Ireland youth international wasn’t able to really receive the ball in great positions, as Northampton were seeing a lot of the ball. Early on in the second half Bowden made an ambitious forward lofted pass towards Hallam Hope inside the Northampton box, but Hope was unable to head the ball down to a teammate. Then after winning the ball inside Oldham’s half Jamie brought the ball forward into the Northampton half, but his final pass was intercepted by a Northampton player on this occasion. Substitute Dylan Bahamboula sent a low cross into the Northampton box, but the goalkeeper Liam Roberts got a hand on the ball and it set up for Bowden, whose header towards goal was cleared. Bowden was getting on the ball a lot more during the second half, and after his ball into the Northampton box was cleared away by Jon Guthrie, Bowden’s final involvement of the game was to receive the ball out on the left flank. He then made a reverse pass back to Sam Hart inside the Oldham box, but his effort was saved by the Northampton goalkeeper.

Spurs Under 23’s 4-1 Leicester City: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side faced Leicester City in the Premier League 2 on Monday evening, at Leicester City’s Training Ground at Seagrave. Spurs won the match 4-1, and it was a deserved win for Wayne Burnett’s side, who managed to come back from being one goal down early on in the game, to go on and become the stronger side for the majority of the match. Spurs started with Thimothée Lo-Tutala in goal, while Marcel Lavinier, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Tobi Omole and Kallum Cesay lined-up in front of him. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and captain Harvey White started in central midfield, and Dilan Markanday and Yago Santiago started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Nile John. Jack Clarke led the line for Spurs, who got the game underway. However, the home side started the match really well, and in the fifth minute they took an early lead. A long pass found it’s way to Kasey McAteer on the left hand side of the Spurs penalty area. McAteer was tackled by Marcel Lavinier, but was able to continue with the ball, before passing it to Tawanda Maswanhise, who emphatically hit the ball past Lo-Tutala and into the roof of the goal, 0-1. The same Leicester player almost doubled their lead a couple of minutes later, after he hit the ball just wide of the Spurs goal, with an effort on the turn from the edge of the box.

Vontae Daley-Campbell curled an effort wide, before there was a penalty shout from Dilan Markanday after he appeared to have been fouled by Benjamin Nelson inside the Leicester box. Markanday was very surprised when the referee waived play on. After showing good skill out on the right flank Markanday whipped a promising ball across the face of the Leicester goal, and then at the other end of the pitch Wanya Marcal-Madivadua had an effort saved by the feet of Lo-Tutala, inside the Spurs box. A couple of minutes later Lo-Tutala then saved a deflected effort on goal from Marcal-Madivadua. After winning the ball on the edge of the Leicester box Harvey White had an effort saved by goalkeeper Brad Young. Spurs continued to play well, and Daley-Campbell blocked a headed effort on goal by Lyons-Foster from a Harvey White corner-kick, before Spurs managed to draw level. Another corner kick for Spurs, which was delivered by Harvey White, came eventually to Markanday down the left hand side of the Leicester box. Markanday whipped a low ball across the goal to Malachi Fagan-Walcott, who was able to guide the ball home from close range, 1-1.

Dilan Markanday continued to impress, and after showing some great skill with the ball he managed to win a free-kick for Spurs on the edge of the Leicester box. Free-kick specialist Harvey White stepped up to curl a superb effort towards the top right hand corner of the goal, off the underside off the bar and into the back of the goal, 2-1. Shortly after the game got back underway Lo-Tutala saved an effort from Marcal-Madivadua, before Santiago had an effort saved by Young at the other end of the pitch, in what was the final action of the half. Leicester got the second half underway and an early effort from Thanawat Suengchitthawon deflected off Kallum 

Cesay and over the Spurs goal. Lewis Brunt headed wide from a Leicester corner-kick, and then Spurs got their third goal of the game shortly afterwards. Harvey White’s cross into the box from the right flank was challenged in the air by Fagan-Walcott with the Leicester goalkeeper, with the ball then falling for Tobi Omole to score from with a first time effort, 3-1. Not long afterwards Spurs got their fourth goal of the game, as Leicester struggled to stop their very good and effective passing game. After receiving Lavinier’s pass, Dilan Markanday cut inside with the ball down the right hand side of the Leicester box. He then managed to find Harvey White in the centre of the box with a pass, and the Spurs midfielder was able to take a touch before finishing the ball past Brad Young, 4-1.

After skilfully going past a Leicester player Dilan Markanday had a low effort saved by Brad Young, before Kallum Cesay was shown a yellow card after making a foul. Romaine Mundle then came on to replace Yago Santiago. Mundle had a low effort saved by Brad Young. And then a pass from Mundle to Nile John resulted in the midfielder taking the ball to the edge of the Leicester box, before having a good effort saved by the Leicester goalkeeper, before Mundle was shown a yellow card shortly afterwards. A volleyed effort from Kasey McAteer was saved well by Lo-Tutala, as Leicester tried to get back into the game. Michael Craig replaced Jack Clarke, before Harvey White had a headed effort saved from a Marcel Lavinier cross. Lyons-Foster blocked an effort from a Leicester player well, and then Harvey White had a goal ruled out for offside. Jacob Wakeling headed wide Ethan Fitzhugh’s cross, and a couple of minutes later Matthew Craig entered the field, to replace Harvey White in midfield. After accidentally passing the ball to Romaine Mundle inside the Leicester box, the Spurs winger had a shot saved by Brad Young, before the ball came back to him and he passed it to Lyons-Foster, who hit the ball over the goal.

While attempting to get the ball off of Ethan Fitzhugh inside the Spurs penalty area Thimothée Lo-Tutala brought down the Leicester player, resulting in the referee pointing to the penalty spot. However, Lo-Tutala managed to save Kasey McAteer’s resulting effort, before then saving an effort from Wanya Marcal-Madivadua, not long after, and that was to be the final chance of the game. Wayne Burnett’s side host Everton at the Lamex Stadium on Friday evening, in their next Premier League 2 game.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothée Lo-Tutala: The Paris born goalkeeper made a number of saves in the Leicester match, including one to stop Kasey McAteer from the penalty spot. This was a good performance from Thimothée.
  • Marcel Lavinier: The right-back linked up well with Dilan Markanday down the right flank, had a good game defensively and also went on some good forward runs.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: Playing on the right side of centre-half, defender Malachi Fagan-Walcott scored his first goal of the season with a finish from a Dilan Markanday pass, during the first half. However, defensively he had a solid game alongside Tobi Omole. Fagan-Walcott was also strong in the air.
  • Tobi Omole: The defender worked well alongside Malachi Fagan-Walcott, made some impressive passes out from defence and also defended well. 
  • Kallum Cesay: Playing at left-back Kallum Cesay looked good in defence and also got forward well on occasions.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Always looking to get on the ball in midfield, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster liked to make forward runs through the middle of the pitch to support the forwards when he could. Lyons-Foster played the game at a good intensity in midfield, and once again he allowed Harvey White to make those important forward runs in and around the Leicester box.
  • Harvey White: The Spurs captain had a really strong game in central midfield. Harvey White’s passing and delivery from set-pieces were consistently very good, but he also showed a real tenacity in midfield as well. The 20 year old took his free-kick goal excellently well.
  • Dilan Markanday: My man of the match, see below.
  • Nile John: The CAM grew into the game as it went on, and he got on the ball a lot and was able to influence the game in a number of ways.
  • Yago Santiago: Playing out on the left flank Yago Santiago did go on some skilful runs, and he also linked up well with centre-forward for the evening Jack Clarke.
  • Jack Clarke: Playing at centre-forward Jack Clarke showed some good movement off the ball and he linked up well with the CAM and the wingers during his time on the pitch.
  • Romaine Mundle: The second half substitute had some good moments on the ball when he came on, and he used the ball well out on the left flank.
  • Michael Craig: Michael Craig came on to play in central midfield in the 79th minute of the game.
  • Matthew Craig: The 18 year old was a late substitute. Matthew played in central midfield.

My man of the match: Dilan Markanday. Playing out on the right flank for the game against Leicester City, winger Dilan Markanday was once again in my opinion Spurs’ most influential and creative player on the day. The 20 year old showed some tremendous skill, particularly during the first half on his forward runs, and he set-up Malachi Fagan-Walcott with a good pass from out on the left side of the Leicester box, for his goal. Dilan also won the free-kick from which Harvey White scored his first goal from, and he assisted Harvey for his second goal of the game, his seventh assist of the season. 

Spurs Under 23’s versus Leicester City: (match preview)

Wayne Burnett’s Spurs Under 23 side travel up to the English Midlands on Monday for their meeting with Leicester City, in the Premier League 2 (the game starts at 19:00pm). Spurs recorded a 1-1 draw against Brighton, in their last league game, but it was a game in which they were the better team in. Leicester City have picked up 13 points from ten league games this season, and they are unbeaten in their last three league games. Leicester have quite a good record at home against us at this level, and with players like Wanya Marcal-Madivadua, Shane Flynn and Josh Eppiah in their Under 23 side, this will be another tough game for Spurs. Dilan Markanday recently won the Premier League 2 player of the month award, which was really well deserved. Hopefully Dilan will get more minutes for the Under 23 side this evening, and then hopefully feature for the first team on Thursday. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for today’s game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Cesay, Paskotši, Fagan-Walcott, Lavinier, Lyons-Foster, White, Clarke, John, Markanday, Scarlett.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Omole, Matthew Craig, Mundle, Santiago.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: Wanya Marcal-Madivadua. The midfielder has scored three league goals and provided one assist from nine appearances this season.

Some notes on Spurs loanee J’Neil Bennett’s performance against Wolves Under 21’s:

Spurs loanee J’Neil Bennett completed 68 minutes of League One side Crewe Alexandra’s 3-0 Papa John’s Trophy win over Wolves Under 21’s, in their final group game of this seasons competition. The 19 year old winger started up front with Mikael Mandron for the home side, in their game at The Mornflake Stadium. Bennett’s first involvement of the game came after Oliver Finney passed the ball to him on the left flank. The Spurs player then cut inside with the ball, taking it towards the edge of the Wolves penalty area, before trying to find the top right hand corner of the Wolves goal, with a fine and powerful effort. However, the Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy made a fine save to stop Bennett’s effort from going into the goal. A couple of minutes later Bennett received a short corner kick on the right flank. He then worked his way into the Wolves penalty area, before having a cross blocked. After Mikael Mandron gave the ball to Bennett on the edge of the Wolves box, Bennett tried a side-footed effort on goal, but John Ruddy was able to save it relatively comfortably.

After receiving the ball down the left flank this time, J’Neil went on a forward run at pace. He eventually passed the ball to a teammate (Mikael Mandron), and him and another teammate managed to work a goal between them, to make it 1-0. Not long afterwards Bennett managed to get onto a loose ball, he then played a one-two with Mandron, before receiving the ball inside the Wolves penalty area. However, his resulting effort on goal was saved by the Wolves goalkeeper, although Bennett was put off by a challenge from a Wolves defender. A cross into the Wolves box by Michael Williams was met by J’Neil Bennett at the back post of John Ruddy’s goal, but J’Neil’s looping headed effort went just over the goal. Always involved in the first half, Bennett continued to put in a strong performance during the remainder of the half. After going on a great run on the right flank, past a couple of Wolves players, J’Neil had a pass to a teammate intercepted by a Wolves defender inside their penalty area. A couple of minutes later he just missed Josh Lundstram’s cross into the Wolves box. 

Just before half-time, J’Neil’s last real notable involvement of the half and the game came, as a clever flick from the Spurs player, who had little space to go with the ball on the right flank, gave the ball to Josh Lundstram. This eventually led to Mikael Mandron scoring his second goal of the game.

Some notes on Spurs Academy player Dilan Markanday’s excellent start to the 2021/22 season:

Barnet born footballer Dilan Markanday has started the new 2021/22 season excellently well for Spurs. The 20 year old winger, who is capable of playing on either flank, as a CAM, centre-forward or even as a full-back, is a player who has terrific skill, is a hard worker and who is also a real team player. Markanday signed scholarship forms with Spurs back in the summer of 2017, and since then he has played regularly for the Spurs Under 18 side, Under 19’s in Europe and now the Under 23’s for the past couple of seasons. The player who actually made his competitive debut for the Under 23 side back in the final league game of the 2017/18 season, has gone onto become a key player for Wayne Burnett’s side in the seasons since then. Markanday was superb during this pre-season, for Spurs’ Development side – scoring five goals and registering three assists from five appearances. He has carried that excellent form into the new season, scoring ten goals and registering five assists, from 13 competitive appearances, so far. Nominated for two PL2 Player of the Month awards (he was always nominated towards the end of last season) already this season, Markanday’s form has been nothing short of sensational. 

Playing in a variety of positions already this season, Dilan has shown how clinical he is in-front of goal, especially when playing as a centre-forward. When playing in that position this season he has looked very, very good. With his fine movement off the ball and ability to strike a ball sweetly, and also show fine composure in-front of goal, he has looked so clinical in-front of goal. He scored an excellent hat-trick against Leeds United for the Spurs Under 23 side earlier this season when playing as a centre-forward, in what was an outstanding individual performance. Other notable performances at centre-forward include the opening league game against Chelsea, when Dilan scored a goal, and also the 3-1 away win over Manchester City, when he scored two goals. Dilan has also been very effective and productive when playing out wide on the flanks. Particularly effective when he has played out on the right flank and when he is able to cut inside onto his favoured and strong left foot, Dilan has got noticeably stronger since the end of last season. Like former Spurs Academy player Samuel Shashoua in some ways, who also got a lot stronger as an Under 23 player, despite Dilan’s size he has in my opinion shown that he is ready and more than capable of being able to play senior football on a regular basis.

As a winger Dilan is a player who has tremendous balance, is very difficult to win the ball off, is good with both feet, and who also is very, very skilful. Capable of going past defenders like they aren’t even there, Dilan has shown great confidence with the ball this season, and his statistics speak volumes. Since I started watching the Spurs Academy sides, Dilan is one of the very best players that I have seen at being able to ride challenges. He has also shown this season and in previous season that from a defensive point of view, that he can be effective. Good at making standing challenges and at tracking back, he is enthusiastic and has a great work rate, in my opinion. So far this season Dilan has excelled at Under 23 level for Wayne Burnett’s side, putting in terrific performances against the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Leeds United and Crystal Palace. The sheer consistency of his performances this season has deservedly meant that he has made the bench for the first team on four occasions, being introduced on one occasion, when he made his competitive debut for Spurs’ first team in a UEFA Europa Conference League group game against Vitesse Arnhem. A real goalscoring and creative force in the Under 23 side this season, after a strong 2020/21 season, the future for Dilan in the game is looking very promising.

Whether he goes out on loan in January (I personally think that he could play as high up in England as the Championship, on a loan) or stays with Spurs until the end of the season, and plays Under 23 football, as well as hopefully getting more first team opportunities, I just think that as long as he gets consistent game time for the remainder of this season, then that is a real plus. Dilan has been an absolute pleasure to watch play so far this season, and I would like to wish Spurs’ number 54 all the very best of luck for the remainder of this season. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the player who is eligible to represent England and India be called up to the England Under 20 side before the end of the season.

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

Spurs’ Under 23 side will travel down to the South Coast to face Brighton & Hove Albion, on Friday evening (the game starts at 19:00pm, at Brighton’s AMEX Elite Football Performance Centre). Wayne Burnett’s side managed to win 1-0 against Manchester United in their last Premier League 2 game, thanks to a late winner from Dilan Markanday. Brighton have started the season well, like Spurs, and they have been particularly strong at home, picking up 13 points from five league games this season. Brighton haven’t actually lost a home game in the Premier League 2 since February, when they lost to Manchester City. Brighton have also only conceded 13 league goals this season. This will be a tough game for Spurs, and with players such as centre-forward and Switzerland youth international Lorent Tolaj, forward and Republic of Ireland Under 21 international Evan Ferguson and Andrew Moran, Brighton will be a difficult team to win against later today. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the match. However, unfortunately I will be unable to report on today’s game, as I have not been given permission to do so by the home club.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala, Cesay, Fagan-Walcott, Omole, Lavinier, Lyons-Foster, White (c), Clarke, John, Markanday, Scarlett.

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Muir, Michael Craig, Mundle, Santiago.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 5-1.

My score prediction: 1-1.

My one to watch: Lorent Tolaj (20). A Switzerland youth international, centre-forward Lorent Tolaj is a strong but technically gifted player, who really impressed me when I saw him play against Spurs’ Under 18 side a couple of seasons ago. Tolaj has scored three goals from ten Premier League 2 appearances this season, and has also provided one assist.

Spurs Under 23’s 1-0 Manchester United: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side faced Manchester United at the Lamex Stadium on Saturday, in the Premier League 2. Wayne Burnett’s side won the match 1-0, thanks to a very late winner from Dilan Markanday. Spurs lined-up with Thimothée Lo-Tutala in goal, while the defence included Kallum Cesay, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Tobi Omole and Marcel Lavinier. Captain Harvey White and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster started in central midfield, and Jack Clarke and Dilan Markanday started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Nile John. Dane Scarlett led the line for Spurs. Manchester United got the game underway, but an early chance for Spurs saw Dilan Markanday hit an effort just wide from Dane Scarlett’s cross from the right flank. Marcel Lavinier then tested Manchester United goalkeeper Matej Kovar from the edge of the Manchester United penalty area, before Markanday had a low effort saved from the left. Thimothée Lo-Tutala saved Anthony Elanga’s effort, and then a couple of moments later Tobi Omole blocked an effort from Amad Diallo. After latching onto a loose ball Nile John hit an effort over the Manchester United goal, and then at the other end of the pitch Thimothée Lo-Tutala came out of his goal to make a challenge (from where I was it seemed to be inside his penalty area) and fouled Shola Shoretire, conceding a free-kick for the away side.

After being shown a yellow card Lo-Tutala saved Shoretire’s resulting free-kick, before Nile John blocked Isak Hansen-Aarøen’s effort. After the Manchester United players looked for a penalty from a supposed handball from Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Lo-Tutala made a save from Joe Hugill’s effort, before Shola Shoretire hit the post from inside the Spurs box. Lyons-Foster blocked Hansen-Aarøen’s effort, and then Fagan-Walcott blocked Hugill’s effort well. The unmarked Teden Mengi volleyed over Amad Diallo’s corner-kick, as Manchester United continued to play well. Lyons-Foster then made a good challenge on Anthony Elanga inside the Spurs box, before at the other end of the pitch John had an effort blocked, before then testing Matej Kovar in the Manchester United goal, in what was the final effort of the half. Spurs got the second half underway, and early on in the half Lo-Tutala saved well from Hansen-Aarøen’s effort, before Dane Scarlett headed wide from Harvey White’s corner-kick. Shortly afterwards Markanday received a pass from Harvey White inside the away team’s box, but his effort was well saved by the Manchester United goalkeeper.

Charlie Wellens volleyed an effort wide from distance, before Amad Diallo saw his effort on goal take a deflection off of Harvey White, before being saved by Lo-Tutala. Nile John hit an effort narrowly wide of the Manchester United goal, before at the other end of the pitch the newly introduced Charlie McNeill hit the side-netting of the Spurs goal. Yago Santiago came on for Jack Clarke, in what was Spurs’ first change of the game. After receiving Markanday’s pass, John had an effort saved from Kovar, before the Manchester United goalkeeper tipped over an effort from Harvey White. Romaine Mundle made his return from injury to replace Tobi Omole, and then a couple of minutes later Markanday won a free-kick on the edge of the Manchester United box, which Harvey White hit over the goal. Michael Craig then came on to replace Nile John in midfield, before Scarlett headed over Mundle’s cross. Then in the 92nd minute of the game Spurs took a deserved lead through their best player on the day – Dilan Markanday. Santiago’s low pass tried to be cleared by a Manchester United defender, but the ball came nicely to Markanday inside the away team’s box. Markanday showed good composure to powerfully hit a low effort past Kovar, and into the back of the goal, 1-0.

Björn Hardley headed over Amad Diallo’s corner-kick, before Yago Santiago had an effort blocked inside the Manchester United box, in what was the final piece of action of the game. This was another very good and deserve win for Spurs, who will play Brighton away in their next and final league game before the upcoming international break.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothée Lo-Tutala: The Spurs goalkeeper made a number of good saves for Spurs on Saturday, in what was a good performance from the France Under 19 international. 
  • Kallum Cesay: I thought that the right-back defended well against the talented Anthony Elanga, down Spurs’ right flank.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: The right sided centre-half made an important block in the first half, and overall I thought that he defended solidly alongside Tobi Omole in central defence.
  • Tobi Omole: The left sided centre-half had a strong game alongside Malachi Fagan-Walcott, during his time on the pitch against Manchester United.
  • Marcel Lavinier: I thought that the full-back defended solidly on Saturday and also got forward well on occasions as well.
  • Harvey White: The Spurs captain and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster had a difficult job to do in midfield, as Manchester United focused a lot on trying to build from midfield, and also trying to be better and more influential than us in that area of the pitch. However, I thought that Harvey White and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster more than held their own in the centre of the pitch, and they complimented each other well. 
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Making some good challenges and interceptions in midfield alongside Harvey White, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster’s overall reading of the game was good.
  • Jack Clarke: The winger who switched flanks with Dilan Markanday during the second half was very direct with the ball out in the wide positions.
  • Nile John: The CAM tried his luck on goal on numerous occasions, and he was very direct with the ball when going forward with it, and showed good skill as well. 
  • Dilan Markanday: My man of the match, see below.
  • Dane Scarlett: The second year scholar led the line well for Spurs and worked very hard off the ball. His movement off the ball was as good as always.
  • Yago Santiago: The second half substitute helped to set-up Dilan Markanday’s winner, and he made a good impression on the game after he came on.
  • Romaine Mundle: The winger made his return from injury as he came on to play the final 12 minutes of normal time of the game.
  • Michael Craig: N/A.

My man of the match: Dilan Markanday. The 20 year old winger really grew into Saturday’s game, and after switching flanks with Jack Clarke he really started to cause Manchester United a lot of problems (he was good before switching flanks). Markanday took his goal really well again, and his directness and excellent skill on the ball was very impressive. He really liked to cut inside onto his favoured left foot after switching onto the right flank during the second half.