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

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


After a lengthy break over the festive period, Wayne Burnett’s development side return to action when they travel to Leicester for a PL2 game on Wednesday night. The game which is being played at Holmes park (a tiny little ground owned by the Leicestershire FA) is the second meeting between these two sides this season after a closely encountered 1-1 draw at Hotspur way in the reverse fixture. And the foxes are flying in the league and are currently on a remarkable 9 game undefeated run in the league which has seen them move up to second in the table only to Liverpool. Steve Beaglehole’s side are mounting a series challenge for the league title, and having already seen Leicester’s youth team three times this season it’s obvious to see why. Whilst they don’t have any outstanding youth prospects, Leicester have a very talented young pool of players as well as being aided by a couple of fringe members of the senior team, are tough to breakdown. As the stats would suggest, they have conceded the least amount of goals in the league this season, a mere 9! Whilst it likely that some of the fringe senior players will be involved such as 30 year old centre half Yohan Benalouane and 25 year old Nigerian international Ahmed Musa, that experience combined with some of the foxes young talents may be too much for Burnett’s young side. But as always it’s an experience and a game which I am very much looking forward to reporting back from. COYS

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Eyoma, Tanganga, C.Maghoma, Brown, Skipp, Pritchard(c), S.Shashoua, Edwards, Georgiou, Harrison.

Subs from: Austin, Bennetts, Marsh, Roles, Sterling.

Doubts: Dylan Duncan and Nick Tsaroulla.

My score prediction: 2-2.

One to watch: Experienced Tunisian centre half Yohan Benalouane is a player who most of you will know. The former Saint Etienne defender has struggled for game time since joining the foxes and this season has found himself playing three times for the development squad. He will be a tough player to play against, if involved.


A round up of recent Spurs games plus a youth update, and more:

A round up of recent Spurs games plus a youth update, and more:


Apologies for my lack of writing over the festive period, a dislocated knee amongst other reasons has given me little time to sit down and write pieces on recent games. Now it is the new year, all will return to normal and I’ll be writing about Spurs everyday. However, as I’m quite behind in my articles on recent games I thought I’d combine all my pieces in to this one blog post. Starting on those two sparkling performances against both Burnley and Southampton, the record breaking Harry Kane was at the heart of both of those wins. But it was the togetherness and sheer dominance of Pochettino’s players collectively as a team, which saw them overcome Burnley and Southampton so emphatically. The fluid attacking play and the sharpness and incisive movement overwhelmed the opposition, it looked just like the Spurs of last season. There’s a lot of talk about Liverpool’s ‘fab four’ and the attacking prowess of the leaders Manchester City. But when our four attacking players are all on form they are just as unstoppable as shown in our previous two games, the victory over the saints saw us play some of our best football this season. Tomorrow Pochettino’s side travel to South Wales for a tricky away game with relegation stricken Swansea, buoyed by a rare win against Watford in their last game. Newly appointed manager Carlos Carvalhal has a monumental task on his hands to keep the swans in the league, they’ve scored the fewest goals this season. Have the poorest home form and lack quality and depth, on paper it’s an inviting game for Spurs and one which they would want to achieve maximum points.

In other news our under 18’s and 23’s both return to action in the coming week starting with our under 23’s who face Leicester in the PL2 on Wednesday night. I will be making the trip to Leicester for that one to report on the game. Meanwhile our under 18’s return to league action on the Saturday with a home game against Leicester at the training centre. In other youth related news, I was at the valley earlier today to watch Spurs loanee Connor Ogilvie in the Charlton v Gillingham game. The 21 year old full back only came on for the last 20 or so minutes of the game, at which point the gills were leading 2-0. Ogilvie put in a typically assured and composed performance at left back. Ogilvie got involved and was dominant in the air, he is getting plenty of game time at the league one club. Watching today’s game (which ended 2-1 to the visitors) it got me thinking. A club like Charlton for example who are on a poor run of form (seemingly lacking a bit of creativity) with a manager with a good youth policy in Karl Robinson, would surely be a good place to send a couple of our young academy starlets on loan to, over the January transfer window. Players like Marcus Edwards (so lacking in senior game time) the brilliant Keanan Bennetts who has been exceptional at wing back for our under 23’s this season and the commanding centre half Japhet Tanganga are just some of the players who could in my eyes all benefit from a loan spell in the football league. We shall see if any of those players are loaned out over the course of the coming weeks.


Spurs under 23’s 0-0 Sunderland: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 0-0 Sunderland: (match report)


Our under 23’s league meeting with Sunderland on Tuesday evening at the Lamex stadium, was by youth football standards a dull affair. As Wayne Burnett’s development side drew 0-0 with the black cats, to record their first league point in over five matches. Burnett would have been slightly disappointed that his side hadn’t picked up all three points, considering we were the better team, especially during the second half. When we bombarded the Sunderland defence, it seemed inevitable that Spurs would break the deadlock. However, that was not to be the case as a sturdy (albeit it quite negative) Sunderland side managed to hold on to the point, despite missing their best youth players who were all left at home. The Spurs team included promising young winger Anthony Georgiou who I assume was returning to action from injury following a spell of no game time. And the young winger turned wingback for this occasion certainly made an impact on the game. The first chance of what was an incredibly dour first half fell to Ethan Robson inside the opening minutes when he tried his luck on the turn. The visitors effort being comfortably gathered by Austin in the Spurs goal. Some good early play from Sunderland culminated in Andrew Nelson volleying over Denver Hume’s pin point cross as Spurs struggled to get a hold of the ball. A good move from Spurs at the other end followed, when Pritchard set Harrison racing through on goal down the right channel, the Spurs striker showing good feet before failing to really test Stryjek with his low effort, which was easily met by the former Polish youth international.

Sunderland were pressing high as Spurs struggled to keep possession during the early stages of the game. An of balance Kazaiah Sterling couldn’t trouble Stryjek from range, a player who he forced a howler out of during this fixture last season. A lucky break for the visitors saw the ball fall kindly to Kimpioka on the edge of the Spurs box, the forwards powerful low effort being spectacularly palmed away from goal by Austin. Both sides were cancelling each other out as few clear cut chances ensued, Burnett had his team really well structured at the back with the tenacious pairing of Eyoma and Maghoma at centre half. Spurs then created their best chance so far through the surging Sterling down the right, his low cross was received by Harrison inside the penalty area as the strikers low deflected effort squirmed inches wide of Stryjek’s left post. Though the game lacked creativity and continued to be a scrappy affair, Spurs were giving more of a go at getting forward. The lively Sterling flashed an effort wide of goal before the centre forward headed Georgiou’s cross well wide a couple of minutes later, as Sunderland continued to sit deep. Burnett’s team started the second half with a more attacking approach, Georgiou in particular seemed to be getting up more. Shortly after the restart the young winger burst past Josh Robson down the left hand side before whipping in a dangerous cross, which frustratingly for the youngster wasn’t met by any Spurs player inside the box. Spurs had now started to stamp their authority on the game a shift in the flow of the game swiftly followed. Whilst Ethan Robson fired over a rare Sunderland attempt shortly afterwards, Spurs were soon back in the driving seat.

Shayon Harrison’s decent effort from range stung the palms of Stryjek before another opportunity followed for Spurs. It was a nice quick attacking move which saw Harrison pass to the unmarked Georgiou down the left channel, he surged forward with the ball before hitting an effort straight at Stryjek who could only parry, Georgiou’s follow up was again stopped by the alert keeper who made a fine reaction save. Spurs were really pushing for that winner, and their sudden creativity had a lot to do with the recent introduction of young magician Samuel Shashoua, who was starting to initiate some nice passages of play. Pritchard saw his long range effort fly over before another golden opportunity fell for Burnett’s team. It was another incisive attacking move as Harrison passed the ball out to Shashoua down the left side, his well measured cross was narrowly missed by the in sliding Tracey inside the box, as a Sunderland defender managed to scramble the ball away for a Spurs corner. Another goal scoring opportunity arose from the corner kick as Harrison volleyed the ball over the cross bar from close range, after receiving a nice cushion header from Maghoma. Harrison then saw his effort blocked after receiving a cross from out left, unfortunately he hadn’t left it for substitute Jack Roles who was ghosting into a nice pocket of space.

Our lads were desperately looking for that illusive goal, Luke Amos blasted an effort over the crossbar from range, whilst Georgiou delivered yet another promising cross into the danger area. Pace was injected into the game through the newly introduced Keanan Bennetts, and it didn’t take him long to make an impact. The wide man trying his luck at goal with a nice curling effort which was met low down by Stryjek. Despite the additional five minutes of added time which was shown by the fourth official, I just got this feeling that for all Spurs’ huff and puff and creativity, that we just weren’t going to see the net bulge. Well, at least not officially there was still time for some late drama after Stryjek went down inside the area defending a cross. Stryjek who was lying on the floor injured didn’t take to kindly to Harrison kicking the ball into the back of the net, the towering goalkeeper quickly sprung to his feet before squaring up to the Spurs man. Harrison saying to Stryjek “are you stupid?” before the matter was quickly resolved. It may be a slightly disappointing result for Burnett’s side but they enjoyed a really good second half and showed great character throughout. Next up for Burnett’s side is an away trip to Leicester’s Holmes park stadium in the new year, as always I will be attending that one. COYS

Player reviews: – Brandon Austin: Had very few saves to make apart from one good one in the first half. Was very comfortable in dealing with crosses.
– George Marsh: Solid and efficient done a fine job, but wasn’t really tested much.
– Christian Maghoma: A really good commanding performance from Christian Maghoma last night. The centre half had a flawless game in central defence, solid and tidy throughout. Maghoma was also a very vocal figure in the team.
– TJ Eyoma: Not to dissimilar to Maghoma, u17 World Cup winner Eyoma had a terrific game against a Sunderland team which lacked potency up top. Strong in the challenge and dominant in the air.
– Anthony Georgiou: My motm, see below.
– Oliver Skipp: Yet another top display from Oliver Skipp or ‘Skippy’ as he is known to his teammates. Dominant in the central areas, Skipp dictated play showing good movement and tactical awareness both on and off the ball. Also made some nice crunching challenges and ambitious forward passes.
– Joe Pritchard: An engine in the midfield, Pritchard was slick and tidy in his play. Initiated numerous good moves for Spurs.
– Luke Amos: Sheer dominance from the skipper overwhelmed the Sunderland players who he gave no time on the ball to!
– Kazaiah Sterling: Great movement throughout, tracked back and made good runs. But didn’t really get the service to convert.
– Shayon Harrison: Operated as a 10 for the majority of the game and looked good throughout. Showed nice ball control and skill under pressure and had a fair few attempts on goal, was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.
– Shilow Tracey: Had very few touches of the ball down the wing, made more of an impact in the second half but was never really in the game.
– Samuel Shashoua: Was the creative spark we so desperately lacked, following his introduction in the second half. Shashoua changed the pattern of the game and became Spurs’ main creative outlet, with his good movement, awareness and fine decision making in the final third. He has adapted really well to u23 football this season.
– Keanan Bennetts: Bright cameo.
– Jack Roles: Brief but impressive cameo, got into good positions.

My man of the match: After a lay off with injury Anthony Georgiou showed exactly why he’s been in the first team fold this season, as he put in an motm display at Stevenage on Tuesday evening. The young winger who operated at left back for the visit of Sunderland put in a really good shift. Whilst he was defensively sound, Georgiou showcased his attacking qualities as a winger. With his searing pace and determination to beat his man, Georgiou really troubled Robson during the game, the defender unable to prevent his lung bursting runs. Georgiou was really positive throughout and was one of the few players on the pitch who actually wanted to run at players and take them on. Georgiou’s high pressing and attacking intent resulted in him getting into some really promising positions, and he whipped in some delightful crosses into the danger zone. In my opinion he is exactly the type of player that Pochettino’s squad is currently lacking. An old fashioned out and out winger who constantly wants to take people on and whip crosses into the box, all that combined with a work rate that few could match, I have a feeling that we’ll be seeing Anthony playing for the senior team again this season!

Side notes: Development squad striker Ryan Loft was not involved in the squad for the Sunderland game, he was sat a couple of rows in front of me in the stands, I’m unsure if he was injured. In addition midfielder Dylan Duncan was involved in the pre match warm ups as he continues to recover from injury. And finally long term absentee, Nick Tsaroulla was once again observing the teams in the warm up from the touchline, I would doubt he’ll be back anytime soon which is a big shame.

Spurs: Austin, Marsh, Georgiou, Skipp, C Maghoma, Eyoma, Pritchard (Roles 82), Amos (c), Sterling (S Shashoua 63), Harrison, Tracey (Bennetts 80). Substitutes (not used): Whiteman, Brown.

Sunderland: Stryjek, J Robson, Hume, Beadling (c), Taylor, Storey, Kimpioka (Diamond 61), E Robson, Nelson (Hacket 76), Embleton (Gamble 82), Allan. Substitutes (not used): Woud, Wright.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Georgiou 90, Harrison 90+5; Sunderland – Nelson 19, Taylor 77.

Referee: Gary Parsons.

Attendance: 482.

Spurs under 23’s versus Sunderland: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Sunderland: (match preview)


It feels like a very long time ago when I watched our under 23’s kick off their PL2 campaign up in rural County Durham against Sunderland. Tomorrow evening Wayne Burnett’s side face the reverse fixture against the black cats, at the Lamex stadium. After a long break from league action, Burnett’s side will be looking to sign off the year with a much welcome three points. Spurs who sit bottom of the table, are without a win in five games, whilst the visitors who are also in the relegation zone, are a point ahead of us having played a game more. It was a quite thrilling game when these two teams met up in Durham, Sunderland somehow managing to nick the game 2-1 courtesy of two late goals. Concerning whether or not the game will go ahead, I phoned Stevenage earlier today and they said that they are quite confident the game will do! Sunderland have a good crop of talented youngsters that could all make the trip down to Stevenage which includes brothers Ethan and Thomas Robson as well as arguably their most talented youngster, forward Joel Asoro. Hopefully it’ll be a great game for Burnett’s youngsters, my in-depth match report will be published sometime on Wednesday. COYS

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Eyoma, C.Maghoma, Tanganga, Bennetts, Skipp, Amos(c), Edwards, Harrison, S.Shashoua, Sterling.

Subs from: O’Reilly, Marsh, Pritchard, Roles, Loft.

Doubtful: Duncan, Oakley-Boothe, Tsaroulla.

My score prediction: 2-1 Spurs.

One to watch: Sunderland’s pacy forward Joel Asoro is a very highly rated player indeed. The young Sweden under 21 international was a real handful in this fixture last season.

Spurs under 23’s versus West Ham: (match preview)


Tomorrows PL2 game involving Spurs and West Ham United is the third meeting between these two sides this season, the previous two games have been enthralling to say the least. Seeing 14 goals, including a memorable 7-2 victory over the hammers in the premier league international cup back in September. Both sides are in bad form, with neither managing to record a victory in there last 5 matches. Though it is Terry Westley’s hammers side who are doing better then Spurs in the league, currently occupying a healthy 5th place, whilst Burnett’s team languish in the relegation zone. Looking to change all that, Burnett’s side will hopefully take the game to the hammers like they so often do on away games, with there being added incentive on this occasion. Having already seen them twice this season, the players that I’d be most wary of are – striker Toni Martinez, talented goalkeeper Nathan Trott and hammers centre half Olatunji Akinola, whose a threat from corners. Though of course, there’s always the possibly that Westley will field a couple of fringe players from Moyes’ senior side. I will be reporting on tomorrow evenings game (kick off: 7:00pm) which will take place at Dagenham and Redbridge’s Chigwell construction stadium, weather permitting! Then the follow night (providing there are no postponements) I’ll be in Stevenage for our FA Youth cup third round tie against Preston. COYS

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Marsh, C.Maghoma, Tanganga, Bennetts, Pritchard(c), Amos, Edwards, Harrison, S.Shashoua, Sterling.

Subs from: Austin, Brown, Tracey, Loft, Skipp.

Doubtful: Dylan Duncan, Nick Tsaroulla and Jonathan Dinzeyi.

My score prediction: 3-2 to Spurs.

One to watch: Toni Martinez. The up and coming Spanish striker has been in fine form for the development squad this season, netting 8 goals in 11 league games. He has also made the bench for the senior team in recent weeks, Martinez is a strong and clinical target man.

Spurs u19’s go marching into the last 16 of the UEFA youth league in style, with 4-1 home win over APOEL:

Spurs u19’s go marching into the last 16 of the UEFA youth league in style, with 4-1 home win over APOEL:


“It was a good, professional performance. APOEL were a team we lost to at their place so we didn’t underestimate them. Although they’ve not had great results in the group, our main focus was to get a result, we knew it was in our hands to win and confirm top of the group and I thought the lads did that very well. In the second half, we had a little bit of a scare when they scored at 3-1 and gave it a bit of a push, but the lads saw out the game and deserved the win. I never felt at any point that we weren’t in control but I suppose the goal was a massive confidence boost for them and you never know, after that, the next goal is crucial but I still felt we controlled the game and in the end showed other bits of quality which pulled us away.”(Scott Parker)

Our under 19’s cruised in to the last 16 of the UEFA youth league with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over APOEL Nicosia at Hotspur Way, yesterday. Needing a win to cement top spot, which would see them avoid a tricky play off draw, Parker’s side went for the win against a team who had already beaten them this campaign. Courtesy of goals from Reo Griffiths, Marcus Edwards, Japhet Tanganga and substitute Rodel Richards saw Spurs overcome the Cypriot side whose goal came from Adoni. Though I wasn’t able to attend the game, it sounds like it was another fluid attacking display from Spurs with a panache about their game. Something which has been so prevalent throughout this campaign, in total contrast to last seasons disappointing one. It’s been a fantastic feat to top a group which included some top class youth teams. Furthermore, Parker’s side played some wonderful football full of confidence and style, they expressed themselves really well and have reaped their rewards with a place in the last 16. Spurs won’t find out who they have drawn in the last 16 until February, with the play off round still to be played. We could draw anyone from PSG to Inter Milan. My hope is that we draw the world renowned Ajax, who we beat in the nextgen series a couple of seasons back. Crucially the game will only be a one legged affair, and Spurs will be the home team. COYS

Spurs: Austin, Eyoma, Bennetts, Skipp (Bowden 82), Tanganga, Marsh, S Shashoua, Roles, Griffiths (Richards 73), Edwards (c), P Maghoma (Reynolds 61). Substitutes (not used): De Bie, Patterson, Hinds, A Shashoua.

APOEL: Paraskevas, Kouppis, Constantinos, Stylianides, Zacharias (c), Neophytos, Sokratous (Okkaridis 46), Artemiou, Grubac, Naoum (Polikarpou 46), Andreou (Charalambous 81). Substitutes (not used): Priniotaki, Papdopoulos, Papoutsos, Veletinas.

Goals: Spurs – Griffiths 12, Edwards 29, Tanganga 43, Richards 80; APOEL – Adoni 61.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Richards 89; APOEL – Kouppis 59.

Referee: Erik Lambrechts.

Attendance: 175.

Statistics: Under 19’s: Goals: Edwards-4

Assists: Edwards-5

Luke Amos and Kazaiah Sterling: Some insight on the two Academy starlets braced for their Spurs debuts this evening:

Luke Amos and Kazaiah Sterling: Some insight on the two Academy starlets braced for their Spurs debuts this evening:


There was a lot of talk about which Spurs youngsters would be included in our final champions league group game at home to APOEL on Wednesday evening. I myself went on about it in some detail in my preview of the game, predicting (as well as hoping) that the likes of S.Shashoua, Edwards and Sterling would all be amongst the match day squad, for a game which from Tottenham’s perspective they can not benefit from, having already secured top spot. It turns out that two Academy starlets will be part of this evenings squad as confirmed by Pochettino at yesterday’s press conference, tenacious midfielder Luke Amos (20) and promising striker Kazaiah Sterling (19) are both braced for their first appearance for the lilywhites. Even though it’s just the two players included by Pochettino and co, I’m absolutely delighted for the pair, who I have watched progress and develop for many years at youth level, below is some of my thoughts on the two players and some insight into their styles of play and traits.

Luke Amos: Now 20 years of age, Hertfordshire born midfielder Luke Amos looks set to make play his first competitive game in a Spurs shirt. The midfielder who joined our Academy set up from Ware youth in 2006, has risen through the ranks at Hotspur Way winning many plaudits along the way. An integral part of our talented FA youth cup team of 2014/15, Amos has also appeared on two occasions for the England under 18’s team and has gone on to become a key member of the development side. A tenacious defensive midfielder by trade, Amos enjoyed a successful loan spell at league one side Southend during the second part of last season. impressing manager Phil Brown and Southend fans alike. In my many match reports of Spurs development squad games, you’ll know from my individual player reviews that I’ll often describe Amos’ performance, as incredibly tidy/efficient, or that he broke up play really well and dominated the midfield. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen the youngster have a bad game, he is one of the most consistent and hard working Academy performers and that will be something that Pochettino will have noted from his time at the club. Though a versatile player, Amos mainly operates as a holding midfielder, a little like former Spurs man Lesniak in many respects. Amos is an anchor man a vital clog in a Spurs side that loves to attack and go forward. The midfielder covers a ridiculous amount of ground, presses the opposition well and isn’t flashy in his play. He keeps it simple with short passes and sharp incisive movement. He is tough tackling and determined, he isn’t the kind of player that’s going to play a defence splitting pass or one that will overplay situations with a sparkling piece of skill. He is more a player in the Wanyama mould, a player who does his defensive duties impeccably so that others can do the attacking sides of the game.

I remember Spurs legend Cliff Jones was left mighty impressed after seeing Amos play in PL2 game last season. Amos has impressed in the numerous senior friendlies he has been involved in, and with his terrific attitude and determination I’m sure that he’ll impress again tonight, if called upon.

Kazaiah Sterling: After bursting on to the scene as a schoolboy back in the spring of 2015 in the FA Youth Cup, former Leyton Orient youngster Kazaiah Sterling has been touted as a hot prospect by many Spurs fans and coaches alike. A talented young striker who has represented England at youth level, Sterling is a powerful and pacy centre forward who possesses a terrific work rate and desire to make promising runs in between the defenders. He is always on the move something that Pochettino will like a lot, but what I like most about young Sterling is his clinical ability in front of goal. He likes to finish with a hard and low effort he hits them early (like Keane) he is sharp of his mark and a real threat in the air. He shows great awareness and is a player who possesses a great goal scoring record at youth level. This season his tally for goals scored stands at 10, whilst he has also chipped in with 2 assists. His cameo for the season side in Hong Kong last season saw him net his first goal for Spurs! I was already planning on writing a much longer piece on the young striker and I will do that soon, I wish both our lads the very best of luck for this evening. COYS


Spurs under 19’s versus APOEL Nicosia: (match preview)

Spurs under 19’s versus APOEL Nicosia: (match preview)


Wednesday will be an intriguing day for the Spurs Academy, firstly there is the crucial under 19 game with APOEL in the afternoon with a win securing us top spot. However, there is also from our perspective a dead rubber game in the champions league. This gives Mauricio Pochettino and John McDermott a dilemma, do they play their key youth players in that game or do they instead give them the opportunity of a lifetime to play in senior side at Wembley in club footballs most prestigious competition against APOEL Nicosia? It’s a decision for Pochettino and his coaches and one that we’ll know more about when the teams for the youth league game are announced on Wednesday afternoon. Regarding the under 19’s game, it’s worth noting that their achievement in already qualifying from a group that contains Real Madrid and Dortmund is just a remarkable as that of our first team. A win against APOEL at Hotspur Way would mean we would go straight into the round of 8 as oppose to the last 16 where we would be given a tricky away game. The last time these sides met back in September, Spurs succumbed to a shock 1-0 defeat. With that being the Cypriot sides only goal of the campaign, they have conceded 20 goals including a 10-0 thrashing to Real Madrid. That being said one thing that is imperative in youth football especially, is that you can’t underestimate your opposition and in this case even more so! Therefore I would expect Scott Parker to field a strong side on Wednesday. Sadly I will be unable to attend the game and it is not being broadcast in the UK, so fans will have to follow Twitter for updates. COYS

Doubtful: Brooklyn Lyons-Foster(who I saw in a protective boot on Saturday), Matt Lock, Jonathan Dinzeyi, Moroyin Omolabi, Nick Tsaroulla.

My predicted lineup: (4-3-3) Austin, Eyoma, Marsh, Tanganga, Brown, P. Maghoma,Duncan, Roles, Richards, Griffiths, Bennetts.

Subs from: De Bie, Reynolds, A.Shashoua, Reynolds, Hinds, Bowden, P.Patterson.

My score prediction: 4-0 to Spurs.

One to watch: APOEL’s left back Constantinos Karayiannis who scored against Spurs in the reverse fixture.

Spurs under 23’s 2-4 Manchester City: (concise report)

Spurs under 23’s 2-4 Manchester City: (concise report)


This game for Wayne Burnett’s side proved to be yet another thriller as Manchester City fought back from two goals down to crush any hopes of a win for Spurs, up in Manchester on Saturday afternoon. On a day of disappointment for Spurs across various levels it was a game which promised so much for Burnett’s talented side. Spurs took a two goal lead inside the opening half hour courtesy of Shayon Harrison’s free kick and then through Kazaiah Sterling’s deflected header. Phil Foden pulled a goal back for the sky blues, and Simon Davies’ side seemed to achieve confidence from that goal, going on to win the second half 4-2 courtesy of a hat trick from striker Lukas Nmecha. A disappointing end to what sounded like a good performance from Spurs, who now sit bottom of the league table. I haven’t been able to find out who assisted Sterling’s goal, but when I do, I will update my statistics. Our development squad travel to Barnet in midweek for the final Checkatrade trophy game, before a visit to east London on the following Monday in the PL2. I will be attending both of those games. COYS

Official match report on Man City’s website: https://www.mancity.com/news/eds/match-report/2017/november/man-city-eds-v-tottenham-premier-league-2-match-report

U23’s 2017/18 statistics: Top scorers: Sterling-7
Bennetts: 1

Assists: Skipp-1

Spurs versus Manchester City under 23’s (match preview)

Spurs versus Manchester City under 23’s (match preview)


A busy week of football for Wayne Burnett’s side starts on Saturday with a trip up to Manchester to face Simon Davies’ (not the former Spurs player) Manchester City side in the PL2. A game which I will be unable to attend due to a fixture clash with the senior teams game with West Brom. Man City have started the season in decent form with 10 points from their first 10 league games, whilst Burnett’s team have struggled on the road. The game which kicks off at 13:00pm will be played at the blues impressive academy stadium with a match report hopefully being published by the club later that day. With our final Checkatrade trophy game against Barnet taking place on Tuesday, I’m guessing that Burnett will field an experienced group of youngsters against the blues, with the visit of Barnet presenting the opportunity for more under 18’s to feature. This fixture has produced some really memorable games over recent seasons going back to the old under 21 league, I remember joking with development squad defender Christian Maghoma after last seasons dramatic 2-2 draw, about just how crazy the games are when we play City. The season before last Maghoma seemed to have netted the winner deep in stoppage time to make it 3-2, only for City to equalise straight after kick off. Hopefully it will be another great experience for our lads. COYS

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Eyoma, Maghoma, Tanganga, Bennetts, Amos(c), Skipp, Edwards, Pritchard, S.Shashoua, Harrison.

Subs from: Austin, Marsh, Tracey, Sterling, Roles.

Doubtful: Nick Tsaroulla, Dylan Duncan.

My score prediction: 2-2.

One to watch: A star of England under 17’s recent World Cup campaign, midfielder Phil Foden is one of the hottest prospects in world football and a player that our lads will know well.