Farewell and good luck Kacper Kurylowicz:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Player reviews:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: 2-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Player reviews:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: 1-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spurs Under 23’s 1-0 Derby County: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side traveled up to Derby on Monday, to face a Derby County side who had already been relegated from the Premier League 2 Division One, going into the match on Monday evening at Pride Park. Spurs won this Premier League 2 match 1-0, and it was a game that I thought that Spurs deserved to win. Thimothée Lo-Tutala started in goal for Spurs, while Kallum Cesay, Marqes Muir, Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Marcel Lavinier started in defence. Captain Jamie Bowden and Matthew Craig started in midfield, and Romaine Mundle and Yago Santiago started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Nile John. Max Robson led the line for Spurs. Derby got the game underway. After showing some nice skill on the ball, Spurs captain Jamie Bowden made a through-ball pass to the alert Max Robson down the left side of the Derby penalty area. However, Robson’s effort went just over Harry Evans’ goal, in what was a good early chance for Spurs. After going on a surging forward run with the ball from midfield, Bowden then hit a low effort wide from the edge of the Derby box.

Max Robson then came close to getting on the end of a low cross into the Derby box, but goalkeeper Harry Evans managed to get the ball clear in time. Spurs continued to do well during the opening stages of the match. After receiving Jamie Bowden’s pass, Romaine Mundle went forward with the ball, before hitting a low effort wide of the Derby goal. Max Robson was shown a yellow card, before a really promising low cross from Kornell McDonald towards Jack Stretton inside the Spurs box, was cleared just in time by Marqes Muir, who did well on that occasion. Spurs took the lead not long before half-time. Santiago passed the ball to Cesay on the right flank, and he then passed the ball to Nile John in the centre of the Derby box. John’s effort was deflected onto the post, but the ball then came to Jamie Bowden inside the Derby box, and his effort found the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 1-0. The referee sounded his whistle for half-time not long after.

Spurs got the second half underway. Jamie Bowden received an early yellow card, before Nile John hit an effort wide from outside the Derby box. After receiving Romaine Mundle’s pass inside the Derby box, Max Robson managed to find Yago Santiago, but his following effort on the turn was saved by Harry Evans. Muir blocked Osazee Aghatise’s effort inside the Spurs box, and then at the other end of the pitch Kallum Cesay hit an effort wide of the Derby goal, from inside their box. Josh Shonibare hit an effort wide of Lo-Tutala’s goal from the left side of the Spurs box, before Romaine Mundle had a good curling effort tipped behind by Harry Evans. Yago Santiago then had an effort from far out blocked, before Romaine Mundle managed to find Marcel Lavinier with a pass down the left side of the Derby box, but his following effort was blocked by Kornell McDonald. Following a pass from Bowden to Robson, the Spurs centre-forward managed to show some good strength and skill with the ball, to take it to the edge of the Derby box, before having his effort saved by Harry Evans.

Spurs made a double change as Max Robson and Nile John were replaced by J’Neil Bennett and Jamie Donley. Marqes Muir was able to get an important touch on the ball just in time, from a good cross inside the Spurs box, before a lofted pass from Bowden to Donley inside the Derby box, saw Donley have a volleyed effort tipped behind by Harry Evans. Then after some good work with the ball from Romaine Mundle, the Spurs winger had an effort blocked. Bennett then had a deflected effort saved by Harry Evans. Kallum Cesay received a yellow card, just before Thimothée Lo-Tutala was able to gather Tyree Wilson’s pass inside the Spurs box. Dermi Lusala then replaced Yago Santiago, in what was Spurs’ final change of the game. An effort from Marcel Lavinier down the left side of the Derby box was saved well by Harry Evans. A couple of minutes later and after a good forward run from Romaine Mundle, he passed it to J’Neil Bennett down the left side of the Derby box. However, Bennett’s effort went over. The referee sounded his whistle for full-time shortly after. Spurs’ next Premier League 2 fixture is at home to Brighton, next Monday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothée Lo-Tutala: The Spurs goalkeeper didn’t actually have a save to make against Derby. The France Under 19 international did show some good composure on the ball however, and his distribution was good.
  • Kallum Cesay: The right-back was involved in Spurs’ goal after passing the ball to Nile John inside the Derby box. Cesay got up and down the right flank well, before moving to the left flank, after Dermi Lusala was substituted on, late on in the match.
  • Marqes Muir: My man of the match, see below.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: The left sided centre-half for this match read the game well and alongside Marqes Muir, Malachi Fagan-Walcott did well at defending.
  • Marcel Lavinier: Starting the match as a left-back, Marcel Lavinier often found himself in quite a lot of space out on the left flank. Lavinier got forward well throughout the match, and he came close to scoring during the second half.
  • Jamie Bowden: The Spurs captain made some good forward passes from midfield and he also showed good skill, as he carried the ball forward well himself, on occasions.
  • Matthew Craig: The midfielder worked hard off the ball and was also tidy with it.
  • Romaine Mundle: The creative winger had a very good game out on the right flank. Mundle went on some excellent and skilful forward runs with the ball, and he was creative with it. During the second half the winger had a very good game.
  • Nile John: Starting the match as a CAM, Nile John was in my opinion at his best against Derby during the first half of the match. John showed some fine skill on the ball.
  • Yago Santiago: The winger who started the match out on the left flank, did well at what he did with the ball, and he used it well.
  • Max Robson: Leading the line well again and impressing with his link-up play and movement off the ball, Max Robson was unlucky not to score a goal from his good early chance. However, Robson worked so well once again off the ball, and he created some good space for himself, and made some good runs in behind the Derby defence.
  • J’Neil Bennett: The second half substitute was very direct with the ball.
  • Jamie Donley: The second half substitute had a good effort saved by the Derby goalkeeper, not long after being introduced to the game.
  • Dermi Lusala: The late substitute went to right-back, as Kallum Cesay moved to left-back, following his substitution on.

My man of the match: Marqes Muir. The right sided centre-half was decisive in his defending against Derby County, and he kept good positioning throughout the match. Getting stronger in his defending as the match went on, Muir defended well against Derby County centre-forward Jack Stretton, and there were a couple of important moments in the game when Marqes stepped up and made some good defensive interventions. He was also good on the ball.

Spurs Under 23’s versus Derby County: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 23 side return to Premier League 2 action this Monday evening (the game starts at 19:00pm) when they face already relegated Derby County, at Pride Park. Derby haven’t won a Premier League 2 match since the December of last year, when they won 3-1 against Chelsea, at home. Spurs won 3-1 at home to Derby County, in the reverse fixture last year. And on that day Derby had a number of players with first team experience, who started that match. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side are currently in seventh place in the league, and will be hoping to do well in their final three matches of the season. A lot of the Derby players have stepped-up to play for their first team this season, and although they have already been relegated from Division One of the Premier League 2, this will still be a difficult game for Spurs, in front of a crowd at Pride Park. Nile John, who is currently on loan at Charlton Athletic, has not been making the Charlton squad recently (he has yet to feature for them) so it will be interesting to see if he does start for Spurs’ Under 23 side tomorrow, especially as the season is almost over. I remember Will Miller and Luke Amos starting matches for Spurs’ Under 23 side even though they were still on loan with other clubs.

I will be travelling to the match tomorrow, and I would like to wish the Spurs side all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Paskotši, Fagan-Walcott, Omole, Lavinier, Bowden (c), Matthew Craig, Mundle, John, Bennett, Robson.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Lusala, Cesay, Santiago, Williams.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: Jack Stretton. The Derby County forward has scored scored an impressive total of eight Premier League 2 goals from ten appearances this season.

A piece on Spurs’ promising Academy goalkeeper Thimothée Lo-Tutala:

Goalkeeper Thimothée Lo-Tutala has established himself as the first choice goalkeeper for France’s Under 19 side during this season. The former Brentford Academy player, who has been at Spurs for a good number of years, joined Spurs full-time in the summer of 2019, for the start of the 2019/20 season. Lo-Tutala was born in Paris, in France, but brought up in Hainault, Essex. While with Brentford, he would have been with future Spurs Academy players Dermi Lusala and Eddie Carrington, who were in the same age group as him at the west London club. First making the Spurs Under 18 squad as a substitute in a Premier League South game away to Brighton & Hove Albion during the 2017/18 season, Lo-Tutala made a decent number of appearances for the Spurs Under 18 side during his first season full-time with the club, in 2019/20. He also started both of the FA Youth Cup games that Spurs played in that season. However, it was during the following 2020/21 season that Thimothée Lo-Tutala really became the first choice goalkeeper for the Spurs Under 18 side. 

During the 2020/21 season, Lo-Tutala was a regular for then Spurs Under 18’s head-coach Matt Taylor’s side, and was named captain of the side on all but one occasion during that season. He also kept seven clean-sheets for the Spurs Under 18 side during that season, and would go onto make his debut for the Spurs Under 23 side in the Premier League 2, in a 6-1 home loss to Manchester City, in the final league game of that season. After featuring for the Spurs Under 23 side during pre-season, Thimothée made his first competitive start of the season for the Spurs Under 23 side in a 3-1 away win against Manchester City in the Premier League 2, and has since gone onto make a further seven appearances for Wayne Burnett’s side in all competitions, plus an additional two for the Spurs Under 18 side, during the early part of this season. Lo-Tutala has done really well in my opinion this season, in the games that he has started. There has also obviously been a lot of competition for a goalkeeping place in the Spurs Under 23 side, with Joshua Oluwayemi, Kacper Kurylowicz and Isak Solberg also all part of the Spurs Under 23 squad.

Really impressing in Premier League 2 games against the likes of Manchester City (at home) and Manchester United (at home), Thimothée was first selected to represent the country that he was born in (France) at Under 19 level for the September international break, of 2021. The goalkeeper has since made 10 appearances for a very talented France Under 19 side, and the goalkeeper who speaks fluent French has kept three clean-sheets so far for the French Under 19 side. So what kind of goalkeeper is Thimothée? Well he is a tall and very commanding goalkeeper, and one who doesn’t let physical centre-forward’s get the better of him from crosses and set-pieces. He is a reliable goalkeeper and I’ve always noticed in matches that he is very alert. Always talking the defenders through the game, and giving them instructions, Thimothée has good distribution, and he doesn’t take unnecessary risks with the ball at his feet. He is capable of rushing out of his goal at a good pace to clear the ball if needed, but he is also a very good shot stopper, and one who is capable of making excellent reflex saves, especially from close range (for example – the great late save that he made against AFC Wimbledon in the FA Youth Cup, last season).

Good at saving penalties, as he has shown on occasions since joining the club full-time in 2019, Lo-Tutala is in my opinion just a very good all-round goalkeeper, and someone who has got better and better over the past couple of seasons, continuing to make really good strides. At Spurs, the Academy goalkeepers who are at the club, are all very talented ones, and so Thimothée and also the very talented Joshua Oluwayemi have both had good opportunities of game time for the Spurs Under 23 side this season, which is great to see. I would like to wish Thimothée all the very best of luck for the remainder of the season. A season which he has done really well in, so far.

Some notes on Spurs loanee Troy Parrott’s performance against Sheffield Wednesday:

Troy Parrott completed the whole of MK Dons’ 3-2 loss to Sheffield Wednesday, in a home League One fixture on Saturday night. Once again impressing during the match, Parrott started the game to the right side of MK Dons centre-forward Mohamed Eisa, but the Spurs player would often appear in different positions in the final third throughout the match. Fairly early on in the match and after starting an MK Dons move, Troy received the ball before hitting a low effort wide of the Sheffield Wednesday goal, from the edge of the penalty area. The Dubliner was involved in two more good moves during the remainder of the first half. The first one would see him receive the ball before then going forward with it down the left side of the Sheffield Wednesday box, before passing it to Scott Twine, whose resulting effort went wide of the goal. Then not long before half-time, Parrott received a pass from Scott Twine down the left, and he then took the ball into the Sheffield Wednesday box. Parrott then lifted the ball over the outrushing goalkeeper, with Sheffield Wednesday defender Liam Palmer unable to stop the ball from going in on the line.

Early on in the second half Troy would make a good run in behind the Sheffield Wednesday defence, to try and get on a long pass. However, his resulting cross into the box was gathered by the goalkeeper. After Mohamed Eisa picked up an injury and had to be substituted, Troy went to the centre-forward position. A good pass with pace from substitute Hiram Boateng to Parrott inside the Sheffield Wednesday box, was unluckily not controlled as Troy would have wished, otherwise he would have had a great chance to score a goal. As the game went on Troy continued to work hard and also show good skill on the ball when it came his way. A good pass to Scott Twine down the left side of the Sheffield Wednesday box ended up with Twine having an effort saved. And then very late on in the game Parrott came inside with the ball into the left side of the Sheffield Wednesday box, before having an effort saved by the goalkeeper.