My end of season player review of the Spurs under 23 side:
It’s fair to say that it’s been a thrilling and at times difficult season for Wayne Burnetts development squad over the course of the 2017/18 campaign. There have been many highs and lows, and disappointments on the domestic stage. But his young side have shown the character and the bottle when it mattered. Seemingly destined to be heading for relegation at the midpoint of the league season, Burnett and the now departed Justin Cochrane galvanised the side into going on a great run of results. A 3-1 win at Old Trafford in January was the start of the fight back, impressive victories against the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal followed. And Burnett’s side secured their division one status with a game to spare, after they defeated Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge with just ten men! Burnett’s first season as manager of the development squad has seen Spurs compete in three domestic competitions. The PL2, the checkatrade trophy (which we need to enter again next season) and the premier league international cup. We were knocked out of the checkatrade trophy in the group stages after picking up one point from our three games. We were also knocked out of the premier league international cup in the group stages however, we were desperately unlucky. We finished second in a group containing Villarreal B and Benfica B. We picked up four points from our three matches, and only missed out on one of the two best runners up places by one point. Whilst us surviving relegation in the league, was by far our best achievement, I think the season gone has provided some invaluable experience for members of the development squad, particularly for those who have yet to play a minute of senior football.
It’s been an absolute pleasure traveling the country reporting on this team, I have seen some great games of football. But most importantly of all I have been left proud of every single one of our lads performances throughout the season. They embody the very spirit of this club, they are all one of our own. The following is an in-depth review of each players season, I have not included those who have made the odd appearance from the under 18 side, as I will be doing a separate review of the under 18’s season at a later date. All views are my own. COYS
Alfie Whiteman: It’s been an interesting season for the 19 year old goalkeeper, Whiteman made more appearances for the development side then any other keeper. But due to the arrival of Paulo Gazzaniga back in the summer of 2017, Whiteman’s involvement with the first team has decreased. Now regarded as the fourth choice goalkeeper at the club, Whiteman has still been training with the seniors on occasions. He even featured on the bench for Pochettino’s side during our premier league game against Crystal Palace, owing only to an injury crisis. As for Whiteman’s performances for the under 23’s, well they’ve been varied. Don’t get me wrong he is a solid and talented young goalkeeper however, I feel that his lack of consistent game time for the youth team over the last year and a half has hampered his development just that little bit. His performances for the development side have varied greatly. Most of the time he has been decent for Burnetts side. However, I have noticed quite a few costly errors which have stemmed from his distribution. Games against Barnet and Manchester United particularly spring to mind. Whiteman, who hasn’t been called up to England’s youth team in a over a year will most likely be on the plane to the states with the seniors this summer. Still only 19 years of age, I’m predicting a first team loan to a league one or two club next season, to aid his development. Kenny Jacketts Portsmouth side springs to mind.
Brandon Austin: The former Chelsea schoolboy has made great strides this season. A key member of both the development side and the under 19’s. Austin’s exceptional performances inbetween the sticks, have been an all too common theme in my reports over the course of the season, and this hasn’t gone unnoticed. The USA under 19 international has recently been called up to England’s under 19 squad ahead of next months European championships in Finland. Austin was also given a new contract by the club earlier in the season. A consistent and important member of Burnetts side, Austin’s excellent shot stopping ability combined with his fine all round goalkeeping has impressed me massively throughout the campaign. Austin played every game in the run up to the quarterfinals of the UEFA youth league, his goalkeeping heroics in the last 16 against Monaco helped us to win the penalty shootout. I’m a big fan of Austin, not only do I think he’s a brilliant keeper. But I also like his assertiveness and dominance inside the box, he is a vocal member of the side and he manages to marshal his defence well. I would expect Brandon to be the first choice goalkeeper for the under 23’s next season, assuming of course that Whiteman will go out on loan. His only direct competition would come from Jonathan De Bie.
Luke O’Reilly: O’Reilly was a surprise inclusion in the development squad at the start of the season. He appeared out of nowhere on the bench for our first U23 game of the season against Sunderland, back in August. It turned out that he had joined Spurs on a one year deal after being released by Cardiff City. O’Reilly who is also eligible for the Republic of Ireland, only went on to make one appearance for Burnetts side. That came in our 1-0 victory over Liverpool in February, he actually looked really good in the one game that he did play for us. A good all round keeper who looked good with his feet. However, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see him end up being released come the end of June.
Tom Glover: Glover (20) spent the entirety of the season out on loan with Australian A league side Central Coast mariners in his native Australia. Glover only played two games for the A league club all of which came in the first month of the season, for the rest of the season he sat on the bench and had his loan terminated earlier this month. There is talk that Glover will be released upon the expiration of his contract in June.
Jaden Brown: Brown made the step up full time to the development side for the 17/18 campaign. A versatile defender who is primarily used a left back, Jaden went on to make 17 league appearances for Burnetts side during the season. Brown has looked decent and competent at this level, but he is a very defensive Ogilvie-esque fullback who rarely takes on players. The Lewisham born defender who has also filled in at cb on occasions, is a decent prospect who defensively speaking has had a good season. Although injuries have halted the 19 year olds progress to an extent, he has put in some strong performances notably against the likes of Sunderland and Liverpool towards the beginning of the campaign. Brown has also been involved in a number of UEFA youth league matches and scored an excellent goal in our win against Borussia Dortmund. It is unclear what the future holds for the 19 year old.
Jonathan Dinzeyi: Dinzeyi is a player who I am a massive fan of, he is an exciting ball playing centre half who loves to take risks. The 18 year old has made great strides during the 17/18 season. Combining his time playing for both the under 18’s and 23’s Dinzeyi endured a difficult first few months to the season. After being included in Pochettino’s pre season squad which traveled to the USA in the summer, Dinzeyi also appeared on the bench for our senior side during their friendly with Juventus at Wembley, in August. However, he had to wait until the end of that month before he played his first youth game of the season. Then came the injuries, and the youngster had to wait until October time before he could start getting regular game time at both u18 and u23
level. Dinzeyi featured on eight occasions for Burnetts side throughout the season, the second year scholar put in a string of strong performances. Most of which came with the commanding Maghoma by his side. Dinzeyi also featured prominently for Scott Parker’s under 18 side where he also put in a string of fine defensive performances. Dinzeyi is an interesting player to watch as he is still a relatively recent convert to his role, it wasn’t too long ago that he was playing for the under 16’s out on the wing. Dinzeyi is a courageous defender who is never afraid to slide in on his man, something which has tended to cost him on occasions. However, I greatly admire his style of play. He certainly isn’t afraid to go on long surging runs through the middle, nor is he afraid to play about the with the ball whilst under pressure. He is very raw and is by no means the finished article, but the former England youth international shows great promise and the recent campaign will have given him a lot to build on ahead of next season. A loan to a lower league 2 or national league club certainly isn’t beyond his capabilities!
TJ Eyoma: Eyoma has enjoyed an excellent season in the Tottenham youth set up, the England under 18 international has played in a variety of roles but has remained consistent throughout. Playing mainly at right back, Eyoma has been eased back into his natural position as a centre half as the season progressed. Featuring 14 times for Burnetts side during the PL2 campaign, Eyoma’s ice cool defending and maturity proved crucial to Spurs avoiding the drop. Eyoma was solid at right back for the majority of the campaign though his lack of pace could be an issue at times. But it was when he was in his natural position of centre half, which he really shone. Unlike Dinzeyi he rarely dives into challenges, for Eyoma it’s all about timing. His anticipation to danger is second to none, Eyoma was also an important member of Scott Parker’s under 18 and 19 sides. Hopefully next season will see Eyoma play in his favoured position throughout the U23 season.
Christian Maghoma: Without the Democratic Republic of Congo international, Wayne Burnetts side would not have avoided the drop, it’s simple as that! The towering and dominant centre half was a leader throughout the campaign, his steel and grit at the heart of the Tottenham defence combined with his excellent aerial ability, really strengthened our young defence. I thought that him and Dinzeyi formed a particularly strong defensive pairing. Unfortunately Maghoma will be leaving Spurs next month with a whole host of top European clubs looking to secure him on a free transfer despite Spurs wanting to keep him.
Further reading: https://superhotspur.com/2018/05/20/farewell-and-good-luck-to-our-young-defender-christian-maghoma/
Japhet Tanganga: Tanganga is another defender who suffered with injury problems throughout the campaign. However, the England under 19 international still managed to rack up 15 league appearances for the under 23 side. Tanganga had a good season, particularly in the UEFA youth league. The Hackney born defender put in a series of strong defensive performances, excellent in the air and as good as anyone at making a challenge, it was a fine albeit slightly frustrating season for Tanganga. I sincerely hope that he’ll get exposure to men’s football over the next course of the next season. Physically and technically speaking he is more than ready to play for a league one club.
Anton Walkes: After spending a successful loan spell out in the states, Walkes returned to Spurs in January of this year. And would go onto play two games for the development side (scoring one goal) before being shipped out on loan once more, this time to league one side Portsmouth. Walkes enjoyed a successful loan spell at Pompey, he played 12 times for the south coast club before having to return to Spurs following an injury. Hugh Bunce of Pompey news now, kindly gave me some insight as to how Walkes got on at the league one club. “Anton arrived on loan in January after previously impressing on loan for Atlanta United. Anton slotted straight in at right back and scored on his debut with a volley at the back post. The first attribute that stands out is his excellent athleticism. Combining this with an excellent work-rate, Walkes gets back into defensive position very quickly after pushing forward. After losing Danny Rose to injury before Christmas, Pompey desperately needed a defensive midfielder. Walkes strength, tenacity, athleticism and ability to make a good pass out of midfield made him a prime candidate. It took Kenny Jackett a little longer to realise this, however, once Walkes was moved to defensive midfield he thrived. Pompey looked like a different side with Walkes in the middle. He closes teams creative midfielders down well. Against Champions Wigan, Walkes helped keep their flurry of creative midfielders at bay, while making the pass to Ben Close who won a penalty. There is a lot of creditable chat that Walkes will be back with Pompey on a permanent deal next season. Specifically, to play his new role in the heart of the Pompey side.“
Nick Tsaroulla: Nick Tsaroulla’s season has been absolute nightmare and I really feel for the talented 19 year old fullback. Barring a five minute cameo against West Ham under 23’s back in August, Tsaroulla hasn’t kicked a ball for Spurs this season. It is to my understanding that Nick was involved in a car crash right at the beginning of the campaign, this resulted in a neck injury being sustained, an injury has continued to bother him throughout the season. Nick is an exciting left back who was pivotal to Spurs under 18’s reaching the semifinals of the FA youth cup the previous season. Pacy and nimble footed, Tsaroulla is an excellent dribbler who contributes massively to the game at both ends of the pitch, he loves a crunching challenge! Tsaroulla has often been seen watching the development side warm up ahead of games. More positively I have noticed that Nick appears to be back in training at Hotspur Way however, I have seen various postings on social media suggesting that he will be released by the club next month. I would be shocked if that were to be the case.
Connor Ogilvie: Connor spent the entirety of the season out on loan with league one side Gillingham, after joining the Gills back in June of 2017. His third consecutive loan spell in three seasons, the left back who is now 22 went on to appear 41 times for the Kent club. Ogilvie turns 23 next February and I cannot see him spending another season on loan from the lilywhites, unfortunately I would expect him to be sold during the summer, which is a shame as I’ve always been a big fan of the former England under 17 international. A Gillingham supporter kindly gave me his take on Ogilvie’s season for the Gills. ”Connor Ogilvie has played forty two Matches For Gillingham football club, with his only goal for the Gills coming in our 2-1 Away Defeat Against Bury. LINK IS HERE”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO7D9vx0i_Y
”Connor Ogilvie has played at left centre back In a back Three / back five, left wing Back, and for the most part, Connor Ogilvie has started for Gillingham at left back, but has struggled to get in the starting line up recently, With Bradley Garmston recovering from injury. I think it has been a difficult step up for Ogilvie, having had loan spells with Stevenage in League Two, and Gillingham have had a tough season this season before finally being able to retain our league one status with a 1-1 draw against Bristol Rovers a couple of weeks back. I am unsure on what happens for Connor Ogilvie in the summer, does he go back to Tottenham and push for a first team role, could he return to Gillingham on loan again, or sign for a league One / league two club on a five month loan deal, or a season long loan.“
Luke Amos: The 21 year old did a fine job for the development side during the first half of the season, operating mainly as the hod carrier within the side. Amos even made the bench for the senior side during our champions league game against APOEL back in December. A tireless and tenacious midfielder, Amos was loaned out to league two club Stevenage for the second half of the season. Twitter user Stevenage central picks up from here: ”Some players struggle to adapt to EFL football but Amos has settled right in perfectly. He gives everything in games. He is very mobile and has high levels of composure, he is so calm on the ball. He is very adaptable and played on the right side of a diamond for a fair while before he revelled in his chance to shine in attacking midfield. He has this way of finding space and making things happen. He has put a shift attacking and defending as well. He’s dealt with physicality well. He transformed our midfield and we all think he is capable of higher league football. He in february had arguably had one of the best midfielders in the division Luke Berry in his back pocket. Popped up with two important goals. Took the club in to his heart and always has time with fans. We are desperate for him to stay but if not he’s got our best wishes because he’s got a massive future ahead of him. I couldnt even pick a main criticism out of his game really.” I would be shocked if Luke wasn’t included in the squad that will travel to the US in July!
Marcus Edwards: Widely regarded as Tottenham’s most exciting youth prospect in a generation, by many. Marcus Edwards rocketed to fame amongst the Spurs fans the previous season after his lively 15 minute cameo against Gillingham in the league cup. Forward a year and a half in time and Edwards situation couldn’t look more different. Tottenham’s ”mini Messi” put in a series of mixed performances for the development side, though he was excellent for the under 19’s during the group stages of the UEFA youth league. Still this was not enough for Pochettino to call him up to the senior side. Edwards was subsequently loaned out to Norwich in January in what turned out to be a disastrous loan move for the teenager. It took weeks before canaries boss Daniel Farke even named him on the bench for the Championship club. Matters weren’t helped by the fact that Farke hinted that there were a couple of issues with Edwards attitude, as previously alluded to by a fair few journalists. Edwards made just the one appearance for Norwich when he came on in the 84th minute of their 2-0 home defeat to Fulham. Edwards never played for Norwich again and his loan spell was terminated back in April, this prompted a very interesting article in the Telegraph which I’m sure you lot are all aware about. Edwards has talent in abundance, but I don’t subscribe to the massive hype that surrounds him. And I personally much prefer Samuel Shashoua who is a very similar type of player to Edwards. I just hope that Edwards gets given the chance to showcase his quality out on loan again, next season.
Dylan Duncan: Looking to build on a great season with the under 18’s the previous term. The powerful midfielder shone in pre season for the development side and he was able to continue that fine form into the beginning of the domestic campaign. Putting in some eye catching performances in the centre of the park, Duncan was showing an attacking flair to his game, which even saw him score two goals in the month of August. However, from that moment on Duncan was plagued with injuries and was ruled out until January. After returning to action in our 3-1 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Duncan went on to make a series of appearances from the subs bench, but was unable able to regain his place in the side.
Anthony Georgiou: For many of you who follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’m a massive fan of Anthony Georgiou. I don the Spurs wingers shirt with pride at every game, and have long been a fan of the pacy and direct left winger. Anthony has had the season of his life for both club and country, he shone during the pre season tour of the states. He seized his chance with both hands and put in a really promising performance against Roma in Minneapolis. Georgiou featured on a couple of more occasions for the seniors that summer but the best part was yet to come. After training exclusively with the senior side during the first few months of the season, Pochettino handed Anthony his senior debut for the club in our UEFA champions league group game against APOEL. Georgiou came on as a late substitute in a country that he has such strong links with, it was a wonderful moment for the youngster. Anthony appeared on the bench for the seniors on two more occasions, against both Real Madrid and Newport respectively. He also made 12 appearances for Burnetts development side, scoring on one occasion in a 4-2 win against Derby. Anthony divided his time playing at left wing back and also as an out and out winger, he put in a series of excellent performances for the U23’s across the campaign. His searing pace, strength and excellent crossing ability combined with his tight defending, gave the team an important attacking outlet. In an age where the modern winger has become more and more reluctant to take on defenders, it is so refreshing to see Anthony run at defenders without any fear.
By the end of the season Anthony had won two full international caps for Cyprus, a remarkable feat! What Anthony has achieved in the season just gone is absolutely incredible, when you think back to the 16/17 season. A season which Anthony missed the vast majority of due to a serious knee injury. After a long rehabilitation process which resulted in a trip to the Aspetar clinic in Qatar, Anthony has come back even stronger. He is without doubt the hardest worker on the pitch of anyone in the development side, and he is a great role model to any young player in the academy. I hope to see Pochettino involve Georgiou even more in the first team next season, he is capable of offering so much to the side.
George Marsh: The tough tackling midfielder made 15 league appearances for Burnetts side during the 17/18 season. Marsh who also featured prominently for the under 19’s, had on the whole a decent season which was at times spoilt by his lack of discipline. Marsh put in a string of a very competent performances at both right back and CDM, he was particularly good at chasing down opponents and fitted in well with Tottenham’s high pressing philosophy. As mentioned in almost every single one of my reports over the course of the season, Marsh has an issue with his temper. He was sent off twice last season but in men’s football that figure would have been far, far higher. Don’t get me wrong I am an admirer of Marsh, I like his style but I think that a loan to a league two club would do him the world of good.
Samuel Shashoua: After an exceptional season for the under 18’s in the 16/17 season, Shashoua made the permanent step up to the development side during the recent campaign. A player who I have called ”our own David Silva” for his likeness to the Man City star, Shashoua is without doubt one of our brightest academy prospects. However, owing to a series of injuries Shashoua has been unable to make as much of an impact as he would have liked this season. He was unable to get many opportunities to start for the 23’s during the first few months of the season. Owing to Marcus Edwards and Shilow Tracey being given a large bulk of playing time. Yet when he did play he impressed, and it was during October time when he went on a fine run of form for both the under 19’s and 23’s, putting in some sparkling attacking performances. Frustratingly injuries continued to disrupt his progress for the remainder of the season, but when he did play he was excellent. His clever little weaving runs, deceptive through balls and movement in the final third caused opposition teams many problems. Earlier this month Shashoua picked up the player of the tournament award in the U19 Volksbank cup in Germany, finding the net on five occasions. I’ve been very impressed with Samuel once again this season, and I’m sensing an even brighter campaign for him next season. Of Samuels many impressive performances this season, ones which stand out are his game changing performance against Monaco in the Youth league. His mesmeric display against West Ham in August, aswell as his quietly influential performance against Arsenal in March.
Oliver Skipp: Name me a better 17 year old (English) midfielder then Oliver Skipp and I’ll be mightily impressed. The immensely talented central midfielder made incredible strides during the course of the season. After an impressive pre season, Skipp took to under 23 football like a duck to water. Playing over 20 times for Burnetts side, Skipp became a key player in the side. His remarkable maturity and awareness made the first year scholar a force to be reckoned with. He singlehandedly embarrassed Jack Rodwell during our first PL2 game of the season, up in County Durham. From there he never looked back, his consistent and dominant performances in the middle of the park blocked the progress of players such as Jack Roles (19) who couldn’t get a game. Skipp is hard to compare to one particular player as he has such a wide ranging skill set, comfortable at centre half which he has filled in at on many occasions for the under 18 side this season. Skipp has the ability to totally dictate games from the middle of the park, the way in which he bosses the midfield, recycles possession and creates from deep is superb. He is light years ahead of his age group, it’s his anticipation of the game which makes him such a good player. He is constantly looking over his shoulder, he doesn’t play about with the ball nor does he take unnecessary risks, for me he is the complete midfielder. I would be astonished if he doesn’t make his senior debut for the lilywhites next season.
Keanan Bennetts: Sadly Bennetts has since departed Spurs for Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach. However, were it not for the flying winger/wing back, Spurs wouldn’t have stood a chance in beating the drop. Chipping in with seven goals and eight assists for the development side, Bennetts was unquestionably our player of the season. After enjoying a fine second half of the season for the U18’s back in 2017, Bennetts really stepped up this season. Dividing his time playing at both LWB and LW, Bennetts produced the magic which time and time again saved us. His exceptional dribbling ability, searing pace and perfectly timed crosses wreaked havoc for opposing teams defenders. The 19 year old starlets departure is such a massive loss.
Further reading: https://superhotspur.com/2018/05/18/farewell-keanan-and-good-luck/amp/#click=https://t.co/LUOFjaMCpL
Tashan Oakley-Boothe: To put it quite bluntly the 18 year old has endured a season of nothingness at Spurs. That may sound odd when you consider the fact that he impressed with the seniors out in the US in the summer, as well as the fact that he made his senior debut for the club in the Carabao cup against Barnsley in September. However, his exclusive training with the main team meant that he only played a handful of games for both the 18’s and 23’s. Not ideal for an 18 year old midfielder, Oakley-Boothe is an exceptionally talented player. An under 17 World Cup winner with England, TOB is highly regarded in the England youth setup. Oakley-Boothe is an exciting and very much attacking central midfielder I just hope that he gets plenty of games under his belt for the under 23’s next season.
Joe Pritchard: A crucial figure within the development squad, the now departed Joe Pritchard (21) had an excellent season for the under 23’s. A tireless grafter in the centre of the park, Pritchard was tidy and efficient. Defensively sound, he would fill in for other players who joined in during attacks. Creatively speaking he was also very good, he laid off seven assists for his teammates whilst also finding the net on four occasions. Pritchard skippered the side on multiple occasions, since leaving Spurs he has trialled with the likes of Cheltenham and Bolton U23’s. I wish Joe all the very best for the future and have no doubts in my mind that he’ll go onto achieve great things in the game.
Jack Roles: Roles had to wait a long time before he got given his first start of the season for Burnetts side. The Cypriot under 21 international only featured on 9 occasions in the PL2, but still managed to find the back of the net on three occasions. After scoring 18 goals for the under 18’s the previous season I was hopeful that Roles would play a starring role in the under 23 side this season but the aforementioned Skipp blocked Roles’ progress and limited his chances of starting. Roles did impress when he played for Burnetts side and still showed that excellent knack of ghosting into excellent positions. He was in a rich vein of form in the month of January, and went on a run of scoring in three consecutive games. I expect Roles to play a more prominent role in the side next season.
Shilow Tracey: After a difficult first half of the season, the 20 year old who we signed from Ebbsfleet for 200k back in January of 2016, went on to enjoy his best form in a Spurs shirt, during the second part of the campaign. Tracey scored three goals for Burnetts side and created a further seven goals for his teammates. He gets a lot of unfair criticism but the youngster has showed during the second part of the season that despite his limited skill set, he can still go onto become a useful player. Post January Tracey started to really take on fullbacks, his pace and strength started to cause a lot of problems. His directness worked a treat for Spurs and his best game came during our thrilling 3-3 draw with Benfica B back in January. I hope that Tracey gets his contract extended by the club for another season as he thoroughly deserves it.
Forwards: Kazaiah Sterling: Sterling played his part in Spurs’ push for survival under the tutelage of Wayne Burnett. He was by no means outstanding but his extremely high work rate really impressed me throughout the season. He does lack a bit of physicality at this level as well as a bit of craftiness inside the danger zone, but he is still a very clinical finisher. Sterling scored eight league goals from 20 games the development side and ended up finishing the season as our top scorer. A loan move beckons next season. Sterling made his senior debut for Spurs during their 3-0 win against APOEL at Wembley in December, he also appeared on the bench for our premier league game with Man City.
Ryan Loft: After an uninspiring season last term, Ryan Loft would have hoped to made more of an impact in Burnetts side during the first half of this season. The physical Loft struggled for game time and only featured 11 times for Spurs scoring once in our defeat to Luton back in January (it was a cracking finish by the way!). Loft was subsequently loaned out to Exeter during the winter transfer window however, it has been another disappointing loan for the Kent native. Loft has only featured once for the league two club and unless they have an injury crisis ahead of this Monday’s league 2 play off final against Coventry, then it will stay that way. Loft’s prowess at under 18 level (due to physical advantage over opponents) should serve as a reminder to Griffiths that form doesn’t always stay on your side after you step up a level. I would expect Loft to be released by the club next month.
Shayon Harrison: The 20 year old centre forward was in sparkling form for the development side during pre season. However, an unfortunate injury ruled him out for the opening couple of months of the league campaign, after returning from injury in October. Harrison looked decent for the under 23’s and went on to score four goals from 10 games. Harrison was loaned out to league one club Southend United in January. Twitter user Southend United fans explained to me how Shayon faired in league one: ”In fairness we didn’t get to see an awful lot of him but when he did play he looked a nippy, skilful player who can bring something else to the attack and cause opposition defenders problems. He had a good first touch and control on him and you could certainly tell that he has some elements of class about him. I would probably say his best game for us was at home to Portsmouth in a 3-1 win where in the first half of that match he was unplayable and I thought the best player on the pitch. The defenders defended him better in the second half of that game but he still managed to cause a few issues;he was very impressive that day.“
The Superhotspur goal of the season: After much thought, it has to go to Keanan Bennetts for his terrific free kick against Arsenal during our 3-1 win against the gunners back in March. At least 28 yards out from goal Bennetts tried an audacious effort at goal, it was a Bale-esque free kick. It flew over the Arsenal wall and dipped wonderfully inside the top right hand corner of the goal leaving the gunners goalkeeper Matt Macey rooted to his spot. The significance of the goal was instrumental in Spurs avoiding the drop and picking up a famous win against their old foes.
The Superhotspur game of the season: Our 3-1 victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford in January proved to be a turning point in our season. 1-0 down with just over half an hour to go Burnetts side showed immense character to stun the Red Devil’s on their own patch, goals from Bennetts, Roles and Sterling secured all three points. It was brilliant to watch!
The Superhotspur player of the season: Keanan Bennetts had a sensational season for the under 23’s. His bursting pace, mercurial skill and decision making in the final third resulted in him being involved in 15 of our goals. Time and time again the teenager came up with magic at the decisive time. Young Keanan will be a great success for Mönchengladbach next season.
U23’s 2017/18 statistics: Top scorers: Sterling-11