A piece on Spurs Under 23’s talented goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi and his Spurs journey so far:

Joshua Oluwayemi (known by his teammates as Josh) is now in his third year as a professional with Spurs. The goalkeeper who was born in Waltham Forest, and brought up in Harold Hill, joined the Spurs Academy full-time in the summer of 2017/18, and during the previous season he made the bench for Spurs’ Under 18 side in a Premier League South game, on one occasion. Joshua’s younger brother Tobi (ex-Spurs Academy player) is also a goalkeeper, and he is currently with Scottish side Celtic. However, Joshua made his competitive Spurs Under 18’s debut as a second half substitute in an Under 18 Premier League South game away to Leicester City in the early stages of the 2017/18 season, and he would make a stunning late save in that game. Often the second/third choice goalkeeper for the Spurs Under 18 side during the 2017/18 season (Jonathan De Bie was the first choice goalkeeper), Oluwayemi made an additional competitive appearance for then head-coach Scott Parker’s side in the league, in an away match to Aston Villa, which Spurs won 5-0, with Joshua making some impressive saves in that game. 

During the 2018/19 season, this was to be the season that Oluwayemi made the number one goalkeeping spot his own in the Spurs Under 18 side. The former England youth international was a key member of the Spurs Under 18 side that came so close to winning the Premier League South during that season. Making some incredible and very important saves, I’ll always remember Oluwayemi making an outstanding save to stop what looked like a certain goal that seemed destined to go into the top left hand corner of the goal, in a north London derby with Arsenal.  During that season the penalty kick saving specialist saved an impressive five penalties for the Spurs Under 18 side. The 2018/19 season was definitely a season of very good progress for Joshua at that stage of his career, and he was absolutely brilliant during that season. Vocal and encouraging to his teammates in matches during the 2018/19 season, Joshua would spend the start of the next pre-season (2019/20) with the Spurs Development side. After making some appearances in pre-season friendlies, Oluwayemi impressed greatly for the Spurs Development side in the Tournoi Européen in France.

At the Tournoi Européen Joshua was outstanding in all of the games that he started in, and I actually thought that he was Spurs’ best player in that tournament, that pre-season against some very good sides. Having to wait until the November of 2019 to make his competitive debut for the Spurs Under 23 side. The then first year professional would make an additional four appearances for the Spurs Under 23 side before the end of that season, as well as featuring for the Spurs Under 19 side in the UEFA Youth League. Later making 12 Premier League 2 appearances for the Spurs Under 23 side during the following 2020/21 season, Oluwayemi would go out on his first loan move during the first half of that season (to National League side Maidenhead United), where he would make two competitive appearances. After returning to Spurs and starting a good number of games for their Under 23 side, Oluwayemi has gone onto become a regular starter for Wayne Burnett’s Spurs Under 23 side during the following 2021/22 season. He has so far made 18 appearances in all competitions for the Spurs Under 23 side this season, and he is doing well for them.

The goalkeeper who was called-up to the senior Nigeria national team for a friendly with Mexico last year and who turned 21 last month, is a goalkeeper who has tremendous reflexes and is capable of making some spectacular saves, as he has shown for Spurs over the years at Academy level. However, although he isn’t very tall for a goalkeeper, Oluwayemi has a really good jumping reach, and he commands his penalty area with a real assuredness. He is good at dealing with crosses and set-pieces, but is also calm and composed with the ball at his feet, such is his fine distribution. Always vocal and encouraging to his teammates on the pitch, Joshua’s positioning inside his penalty area is some of the best that I’ve seen from a Spurs Academy goalkeeper over the years. He also rarely makes mistakes, and is a reliable all-round goalkeeper, who is quick out of his box and very brave in his goalkeeping. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Joshua at Spurs, but he is someone who should be very proud of all that he has achieved so far in his time at the club. Goalkeeping places in the various Academy sides in Academy football is very strong, and so to go on and become a regular starter for both the Spurs Under 18 and 23’s side is very impressive.

I would like to wish Joshua all the very best for the remainder of this season with the Spurs Under 23 side. The next Spurs Under 23’s game is a Premier League 2 fixture with Derby County, on the 25th of this month.

A season of fine progress – A piece on Spurs Under 23’s mainstay Alfie Devine, and his season so far:

Second year scholar Alfie Devine has been in excellent form for Spurs’ Under 23 side this season. The former Wigan Athletic player, who joined Spurs from Wigan in the summer of 2020, has scored nine goals and provided four assists for Wayne Burnett’s side, so far this season (he has also scored an additional two goals for the Spurs Under 18 side this season). The footballer from Warrington has undoubtedly been one of the most important players for the Spurs Development side this season, regardless of his impressive stats in regards to goals and assists. Devine, who was recently nominated for the Premier League 2 player of the month award for March, has shown real leadership and maturity for a second year scholar this season. He has mainly played for the Spurs Under 23 side throughout the season so far, apart from the odd game for the Spurs Under 18 side, mainly in the FA Youth Cup. Devine has been a regular starter for the Spurs Under 23 side, apart from missing some games in the autumn of 2021, because of injury.

After regularly starting games for the Spurs Under 18 side during the 2020/21 season, and becoming an important player for them as a first year scholar, Devine also played for the Spurs Under 23 side, particularly during the second half of the 2020/21 season. However, this season and after spending much of pre-season with the Spurs Development side, Devine has gone on to become a really important player for Wayne Burnett’s side. Often starting matches in the CAM role for the Spurs Under 23 side this season, Alfie has also done well whenever he has started matches out-wide, or in central-midfield. Starting the season really well, and putting in impressive performances against the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Derby County. Devine was in really good form before getting injured in the October of 2021. He returned as a second half substitute in a Premier League 2 home game against Manchester City in the December of 2021, and after that match he soon started scoring goals and providing assists again.

Very impressive performances against Crystal Palace and Arsenal followed, and the very consistent midfield player who has made the bench for the Spurs first team on two occasions this season, has also impressed when representing his country, England. A regular for the England Under 19 side, Devine recently scored a goal in a Euro Under 19’s 2022 qualifier against Armenia, during the recent international break. The Spurs player who only last season scored in his one and only appearance so far for the Spurs first team (in an FA Cup match against Marine), will be hoping to be included in the England Under 19 squad which will compete in this June’s UEFA European Under 19 Championships, in Slovakia. However, going back to Spurs, the 17 year old midfielder has shown throughout this season so far his ability to make the difference in matches when given the ball. He is a brave player, but one whose determination and impressive skill level has made him in my opinion one of the most impressive players in the Premier League 2 this season for Spurs, along with former Spurs player Dilan Markanday.

I have noticed this season when starting matches as a CAM or out on the wing, that Devine is always looking to make runs in behind the defence, at every opportunity. A very skilful player with good reactions, Devine is a midfield player who after receiving the ball will look to bring it forward at pace, taking players on by going on a surging forward run. With his good pace and physicality on the ball he is difficult to get the ball off, but he is someone whose fine movement off the ball always allows him to create that extra bit of space to receive it in a good area of the pitch. He is unpredictable and capable of creating wow moments in matches, but his tremendous work off the ball (he often likes to drop deep to receive the ball) certainly doesn’t go unnoticed. Devine is good in the air, and really likes to make a surging run from the centre of the penalty area to the near post at corner-kicks, providing the Spurs Under 23 side with a real outlet from corners. His weight of pass is good, as is his link-up play, and in one versus one situations in matches, he is often successful.

A player with many great attributes, it is possibly his ability to score goals and also play anywhere in forward areas, that makes him such an important player with real potential. He has shown time and time again this season, his clinical ability in front of of goal, and he has scored a real variety of goals so far this season. Devine has done so well this season for the Spurs Under 23 side, and his consistently impressive performances are from that from a player who has real potential for the future. I’m already looking forward to seeing what next season (2022/23) holds for Devine, who has adapted really well since joining Spurs, and it would be great if he got a good run of games for the Spurs first team in pre-season. 

Some notes on Spurs loanee Troy Parrott’s performance against Crewe Alexandra:

Troy Parrott completed 64 minutes of a League One fixture between MK Dons and Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday evening, which MK Dons won 2-1. The Republic of Ireland international scored a really well taken goal during the match, meaning that he has now scored seven goals for MK Dons this season. Parrott started the game out on the right flank, to the right of centre-forward Mohamed Eisa. After some good early work with the ball out on the left flank, Troy Parrott received the ball on the edge of the Crewe penalty area, before curling an effort over their goal. Not long after, a Scott Twine free-kick which was delivered into the Crewe penalty area, was met by Parrott, but his headed effort appeared to deflect off a Crewe defender before going narrowly wide of the goal. In the 24th minute of the game a nice lofted pass over the top of the Crewe defence by Dean Lewington, allowed Parrott to latch onto the ball, after making a good run in behind the defence. The Dubliner controlled the ball really well as he brought it into the Crewe box, before finishing really well past goalkeeper Dave Richards, with a clever lofted finish into the back of the goal, to give Mk Dons the lead.

Troy was getting into some good positions in the final third, and as always he was working hard off the ball. Just before half-time he delivered a good low cross into the Crewe box from the right flank, with the ball just being missed by Eisa inside the penalty area. Troy didn’t complete much off the second half, but shortly before being substituted he dropped deep to receive the ball in midfield before playing a good forward pass towards Kaine Kesler Hayden. However, Kesler Hayden was unable to control the ball on the right flank.

Spurs Under 23’s 1-3 West Ham United: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side faced West Ham United at their Rush Green training ground on Monday evening in a Premier League 2 match. Spurs lost the match 3-1, against a West Ham side who deserved to win. Spurs lined-up with Joshua Oluwayemi in goal, while a back four consisting of Maksim Paskotši, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Tobi Omole and Marcel Lavinier started in front of him. Captain Jamie Bowden and Matthew Craig started in central midfield, while Kallum Cesay and Yago Santiago started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Romaine Mundle. Midfield player Max Robson led the line for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway, but it was West Ham who had the first real chance of the game, with Sonny Perkins heading over from inside the Spurs box, after connecting with a cross from the left flank. After receiving Keenan Appiah-Forson’s pass on the edge of the Spurs box, Armstrong Okoflex had an effort saved by Joshua Oluwayemi. After showing some good skill with the ball on the left flank, Marcel Lavinier came inside with the ball onto his right foot, but his curling effort from distance was saved by Krisztián Hegyi. Yago Santiago then had a penalty shout waived away by the referee, after Harrison Ashby had made a challenge inside the West Ham box.

Romaine Mundle had an effort blocked for Spurs, before Matthew Craig hit an effort over the West Ham goal, after Yago Santiago was able unable to take the ball in his stride inside the West Ham box, after initially controlling the ball well. Pierre Ekwah hit an effort over for West Ham, and then in the 42nd minute of the game, West Ham took the lead. Harrison Ashby’s cross from the right flank was met by Sonny Perkins inside the Spurs box, and the centre-forward managed to control the ball before finding the bottom right corner of Oluwayemi’s goal, 0-1. The referee sounded his whistle for half-time shortly after. West Ham got the second half underway. Spurs had made two changes for the second half as Dante Cassanova and Dermi Lusala came on to replace Jamie Bowden and Makism Paskotši respectively. After receiving the ball on the right side of the Spurs box, Thierry Nevers hit a low effort on goal, which took a slight deflection off of a Spurs defender, before going just wide. West Ham captain Ajibola Alese headed behind Harrison Ashby’s resulting corner-kick.

After Spurs went forward with the ball Marcel Lavinier headed wide after meeting a cross inside the West Ham box. Malachi Fagan-Walcott was shown a yellow card by the referee for making a challenge, and then a couple of minutes later West Ham  doubled their lead. Emmanuel Longelo’s free-kick delivery into the Spurs box was met by Thierry Nevers, who headed the ball into the goal, despite the best efforts of Spurs goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi, 0-2. A good Spurs move after the game got started again saw Lavinier pass the ball to Santiago down the left side of the West Ham box. Santiago squared the ball for Robson, but his first time effort went just wide of the goal. Armstrong Okoflex volleyed an effort over Oluwayemi’s goal, from a corner-kick, before Robson just missed being able to tap home a Marcel Lavinier cross, at the other end of the pitch. The impressive Romaine Mundle had a penalty shout waived away by the referee, and then a couple of minutes later Mundle delivered a really good cross into the West Ham box, which was just missed by Dermi Lusala.

Marcel Lavinier hit an effort wide from distance for Spurs, before Romaine Mundle created a good chance out of nothing. After receiving Kallum Cesay’s pass, Mundle skilfully brought the ball to the edge of the West Ham box, before having a good effort saved by Krisztián Hegyi. Harrison Ashby volleyed an effort wide of Joshua Oluwayemi’s goal from inside the Spurs box, just before West Ham got their third goal of the game. After Sonny Perkins received the ball he brought it forward towards the edge of the Spurs box, and then made a pass to Kamari Swyer on the right side of the Spurs box. Swyer hit a low effort past Oluwayemi, and into the bottom left corner of the goal, 0-3. Marcel Lavinier received a yellow card, before Malachi Fagan-Walcott headed over from a Dermi Lusala cross. Spurs managed to score a late goal, in stoppage time of the second half. After receiving Romaine Mundle’s pass down the right hand side of the West Ham box, Dante Cassanova passed the ball into the feet of Max Robson, in the centre of the box. Robson turned with the ball and showed good composure, before powerfully hitting the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal, 1-3. 

Malachi Fagan-Walcott managed to block behind Keenan Appiah-Forson’s effort, before the referee sounded his whistle for full-time. Spurs’ next Premier League 2 game is away to Chelsea on the 15th of April.

Player reviews:

  • Joshua Oluwayemi: The Spurs goalkeeper was unlucky not to stop West Ham’s second goal of the evening, and he was vocal throughout the game.
  • Maksim Paskotši: I thought that the Estonia international made a couple of good challenges, and did a good job at defending against West Ham player Armstrong Okoflex, on the right flank. Maksim only completed the first half of the game.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: The centre-half won a good amount of challenges, but both Malachi and also Tobi Omole had quite a lot of defending to do in the game against West Ham.
  • Tobi Omole: The left sided centre-half brought the ball out well from defence, but like Malachi Fagan-Walcott he had a lot of defending to do, and was busy throughout the match.
  • Marcel Lavinier: Starting the match at left-back and showing some good skill on the ball as he brought it forward well, the former Chelsea Academy player later moved into a midfield position for the second half.
  • Jamie Bowden: The Spurs captain only completed the first half of the match, a game in which he started in central midfield, just behind Matthew Craig. Bowden used the ball well in midfield.
  • Matthew Craig: The midfielder worked well off the ball, and after Jamie Bowden left the field for the second half Craig moved into a more defensive midfield position.
  • Kallum Cesay: The Sierra Leone international started the game out on the right flank as a winger, but would finish the game at right-back.
  • Romaine Mundle: My man of the match, see below.
  • Yago Santiago: The former Celta Vigo youth player started the game out on the left flank as a winger and he was unlucky not to get a goal during the first half.
  • Max Robson: The Spurs centre-forward for Mondays game completed the whole of the match. Robson worked really well off the ball, was clever in his movement off the ball and could have scored an earlier goal, but was unlucky on that occasion. However, he deservedly got his first competitive goal at this level very late on in the game, as he finished well after showing good composure in front of goal.
  • Dante Cassanova: The midfielder and second year scholar completed the whole of the second half and he set-up Max Robson’s late goal.
  • Dermi Lusala: The full-back went to left-back after replacing Maksim Paskotši. Lusala went on some good forward runs with the ball down the left flank, and he linked up well with Yago Santiago.

My man of the match: Romaine Mundle. The skilful winger showed throughout the second half his ability to go past players with ease. Mundle showed some excellent skill with the ball as he went forward with it. By far Spurs’ most inventive and creative player during the game, Romaine played a part in Spurs’ only goal of the game. He also delivered some very good crosses into the West Ham box. After starting the game as a CAM, the first year professional went out to right flank as a winger for the start of the second half.

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

Spurs’ Under 23 side face West Ham United on Monday evening (the game starts at 19:00pm) at their Rush Green training ground. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side won their most recent Premier League 2 match 3-1 at home to Leicester City, last month. Spurs are currently in sixth place in the Premier League 2 Division One league standings, while West Ham are in second place in the league, having picked up 39 points from 21 matches. West Ham were impressive in the reverse fixture, when they won 4-3, but that was a close game of football, which either side could have won. West Ham are a good team however, and with players such as Ajibola Alese, Daniel Chesters and Sonny Perkins all players who could potentially start against Spurs tomorrow, this London derby match will be a difficult one for Wayne Burnett’s side. However, it will be interesting to see whether the three Academy players (Jamie Bowden, Dane Scarlett and Harvey White) who made the bench for the Spurs first team against Newcastle United on Sunday, will be involved on Monday for the Spurs Under 23 side. This should be a good game of football, and one that would like to wish the Spurs team all the very best of luck for.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala, Paskotši, Fagan-Walcott, Omole, Lavinier, Bowden, White (c), Bennett, Devine, Mundle, Scarlett.

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Muir, Cesay, Santiago, Robson.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-4.

My score prediction: 2-2.

My one to watch: Daniel Chesters. The very direct West Ham United winger has scored two Premier League 2 goals and provided four assists so far this season for West Ham’s Under 23 side. Chesters was very impressive in the reverse fixture against Spurs last October, and he is a player who has already played for West Ham’s first team this season.

Spurs Under 23’s 3-1 Leicester City: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side faced Leicester City in a Premier League 2 fixture on Friday evening, at the Lamex Stadium. Spurs won the game 3-1, after starting the match really well, and going into the half-time break 3-0 up. Spurs lined-up with Thimothée Lo-Tutala in goal, while a back four consisting of Maksim Paskotši, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Tobi Omole and Marcel Lavinier lined-up in front of him. Captain Jamie Bowden and Matthew Craig started in central midfield, and Kallum Cesay and Yago Santiago started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Alfie Devine, while first year scholar Jamie Donley led the line for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway, and early on in the game Leicester City player Tawanda Maswanhise had an effort blocked inside the Spurs penalty area by Maksim Paskotši. A couple of minutes later at the other end of the pitch, Jamie Bowden had an effort from distance saved by Leicester goalkeeper Brad Young. Jamie Donley then had an effort on goal saved by Brad Young, before Yago Santiago headed an effort wide, after meeting Marcel Lavinier’s cross from the left flank.

Spurs were playing very well, and in the 23rd minute of the match they deservedly took the lead. After controlling Marcel Lavinier’s header well and showing good skill on the ball, Yago Santiago brought the ball forward at pace down the left side of the Leicester box, before finishing low, inside the bottom right hand corner of the goal, 1-0. Less than ten minutes later Spurs doubled their lead, through Alfie Devine. Devine gave the ball to Jamie Donley, who then played the ball through to him inside the Leicester penalty area. Through on goal the England Under 19 international never looked likely to miss, and he confidently finished past Brad Young, 2-0. Spurs wanted to extend their lead before half-time, and after the impressive Jamie Bowden passed the ball out to Alfie Devine on the right flank, Devine brought the ball forward before sending a low cross into the Leicester box. He was almost able to pick out Jamie Donley, but he couldn’t reach the ball, and it deflected past Brad Young off of Leicester player Lewis Brunt, 3-0. This was the final chance of the first half, for either side. 

Leicester got the second half underway and early on in the half Thanawat Suengchitthawon hit a free-kick from distance towards the Spurs goal, but Thimothée Lo-Tutala was able to gather his effort. Lestyn Hughes then had a low effort saved by Lo-Tutala, before the Spurs goalkeeper made another save to stop the same Leicester player a couple of moments later. Lestyn Hughes curled an effort over from the left side of the pitch, before Will Russ hit an effort wide on the turn. Spurs then went on a good forward run, as Alfie Devine showed great pace to go past a Leicester defender and enter the Leicester box, before attempting to square the ball for Jamie Donley in the centre of the penalty area, but his pass was put behind by a Leicester player. A couple of minutes later Jamie Bowden took a free-kick early and managed to pick out Jamie Donley inside the Leicester box, but Donley’s resulting effort was blocked by a defender.

After going on a surging forward run with the ball past Malachi Fagan-Walcott and into the Spurs box, Will Russ tried to score past Lo-Tutala with a lofted effort, but it went wide of the Spurs goal. Dermi Lusala came on to replace Maksim Paskotši at right-back, before Tobi Omole received a yellow card. Ethan Fitzhugh hit a free-kick wide for Leicester, from the right side of the pitch, and then captain Jamie Bowden handed the captains armband to Tobi Omole, as he left the field to be replaced by Romaine Mundle. After latching onto Khanya Leshabela’s through-ball pass, Ethan Fitzhugh was through on goal inside the Spurs penalty area, and the midfielder finished past Lo-Tutala, 3-1. The referee sounded his whistle for full-time moments later, as Spurs won their first game of the year at this level. Their next Premier League 2 game is not until the fourth of April, when they travel to East London to face West Ham United.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothée Lo-Tutala: The Spurs goalkeeper and France Under 19 international made some fairly comfortable saves during the match, but he was very vocal throughout. And he was constantly organising the Spurs defence.
  • Maksim Paskotši: Starting the match at right-back and completing 77 minutes of the game, Estonia international Maksim Paskotši had a solid game in defence. The 19 year old made an excellent long run at pace to get back to make a really good and important challenge on a Leicester player to win the ball, not long before he was substituted.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: Starting the match on the right hand side of central-defence, Malachi Fagan-Walcott defended well alongside Tobi Omole, although they weren’t really tested too much by the Leicester forwards. 
  • Tobi Omole: Like Malachi, Tobi Omole hardly made a mistake during the match and he defended well.
  • Marcel Lavinier: This was an impressive performance from the 21 year old at left-back, as he went on some very good forward runs at pace with the ball, got an assist for the opening goal of the game and defended well down his side of the pitch.
  • Jamie Bowden: The Spurs captain had a really good game in my opinion, on his first competitive start for the Spurs Under 23 side of the season. Bowden showed some really good skill and composure on the ball in midfield, as he helped Spurs to be the better team in midfield, also making some good forward passes. The 20 year old completed 83 minutes of the game.
  • Matthew Craig: Starting the match alongside Jamie Bowden in central midfield, Matthew Craig covered a lot of ground and did well alongside Bowden. He completed the whole of the match.
  • Kallum Cesay: The full-back actually completed Fridays game as a winger on the right flank. Cesay did however, do some good defensive work. 
  • Alfie Devine: My man of the match, see below. 
  • Yago Santiago: Taking his and Spurs’ opening goal of the game really well, and also going on some nice runs forward with the ball down the left flank and also linking up well with left-back Marcel Lavinier, Santiago had a fine game for Spurs.
  • Jamie Donley: On only his second ever competitive appearance for the Spurs Under 23 side, the forward and first year scholar didn’t look out of place at this level, and he led the line well and got an assist for Alfie Devine’s goal. 
  • Dermi Lusala: The full-back replaced Makism Paskotši at right-back for the final part of the game.
  • Romaine Mundle: The winger replaced midfielder Jamie Bowden in the 83rd minute of the game.

My man of the match: Alfie Devine. The Spurs CAM for the match scored a goal and got an assist, to take his total goal involvements at Under 23 level for Spurs this season to 13 (nine goals and four assists). Devine would often drop deep to try and get on the ball and influence the game, and the second year scholar showed some really good pace and energy both with and without the ball. He took his goal well during the first half, and it was his cross that resulted in the third goal of the game. The England Under 19 international worked really well both on and off the ball, and he is definitely one of the most clinical finishers in the Premier League 2.

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

Spurs’ Under 23 side will be looking to bounce back after losing 7-1 to Liverpool on Saturday, in the Premier League 2. Spurs’ next Premier League 2 game is on Friday, when they face Leicester City at Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium (the game starts at 19:00pm). Spurs have not won a competitive game this year, but they did win 4-1 away to Leicester City in the reverse fixture last year. Leicester are in good form of late and are unbeaten in their last six competitive games. They are two points and two places behind Spurs in the league, and once again they will try and make this a difficult game for Spurs. Spurs had a very difficult game against a talented Liverpool side, in their last game. However, Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Matthew Craig will return from suspension for the game on Friday, and could possibly start the match. Leicester players Tawanda Maswanhise and Shane Flynn are two players that I have been impressed with in the past, and they are players who Spurs will have to watch. I’ll be at the Lamex Stadium on Friday, for Spurs’ second last home league game of the season, and I’d like to wish the team all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: Lo-Tutala, Cesay, Fagan-Walcott, Omole, Lusala, Matthew Craig, Bowden (c), Bennett, Devine, Mundle, Robson. 

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Paskotši, Muir, Santiago, Donley. 

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 4-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Tawanda Maswanhise. The skilful Leicester City forward impressed during the reverse fixture between Spurs and Leicester, earlier in the season. The 19 year old scored a fine goal in the reverse fixture to give Leicester the lead in that game, and he was Leicester’s best player during the match, in my opinion. He has scored eight Premier League 2 goals and provided one assist, from 20 appearances this season. 

Spurs Under 23’s 1-7 Liverpool: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side traveled up north to face Liverpool on Saturday in the Premier League 2, at their Academy. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side lost the match 7-1, in what was a very disappointing afternoon in Liverpool, for Spurs. Spurs lined-up with Joshua Oluwayemi in goal, while Dermi Lusala, captain Maksim Paskotši, Charlie Sayers and Kallum Cesay started in defence. Alfie Devine and Max Robson started the match in central-midfield, and J’Neil Bennett and Romaine Mundle would start the game out on the flanks, either side of CAM Yago Santiago. First year scholar Jamie Donley led the line for Spurs. Liverpool got the game underway. Starting really well from very early on in the game, defender Rhys Williams headed wide Liverpool’s first chance of the match, from Leighton Clarkson’s corner-kick. Then a couple of minutes later Liverpool captain Tom Clayton received Tyler Morton’s pass inside the Spurs box, but his low effort was saved by Oluwayemi. Leighton Clarkson managed to latch onto Joshua Oluwayemi’s pass out from the Spurs box, but then Oluwayemi managed to save Clarkson’s effort on goal.

Liverpool continued to play well, and after a good run down the right side of the Liverpool box Conor Bradley had an effort saved by Oluwayemi, before Leighton Clarkson managed to get to the ball, but ended up putting it wide of the goal. Alfie Devine managed to partially block Jack Bearne’s effort, which was saved by Oluwayemi. Liverpool then took the lead shortly after, as Max Woltman received the ball inside the Spurs box, before then laying it off to Northern Ireland international Conor Bradley, who managed to find the bottom right hand corner of the Spurs goal, with a low finish, 0-1. Spurs responded in defence, as centre-half Charlie Sayers switched sides with Maksim Paskotši. A good run into the Spurs box (down the left side) from Woltman, ended in him managing to get past Sayers, before finding the bottom right hand corner of the goal, with a good finish, 0-2. Liverpool extended their lead not long after, after Max Woltman passed the ball to James Norris down the left of the Spurs box, and the full-back powerfully found the far corner of Oluwayemi’s goal, 0-3.

After receiving Leighton Clarkson’s pass, Max Woltman tried to score from a lofted effort, but it was saved by Oluwayemi. Spurs tried to respond. Romaine Mundle came very close to meeting J’Neil Bennett’s low cross towards the back post of the Liverpool goal. However, Liverpool then went forward with the ball. Tyler Morton’s cross to Max Woltman inside the Spurs box, resulted in Woltman having an effort saved by Oluwayemi, before Sayers fouled the Liverpool forward inside the Spurs box, resulting in a penalty for the home team. Leighton Clarkson passed the ball into the bottom right corner of the Spurs goal from the resulting penalty kick, 0-4. J’Neil Bennett then fouled a Liverpool player and was shown a yellow card by the referee. After meeting a cross from James Norris down the right side of the pitch, Mateusz Musialowski had an effort deflected behind by Kallum Cesay. Just before half-time Rhys Williams headed a Leighton Clarkson cross towards goal, but his effort hit the arm of Jamie Donley, with the referee again pointing to the penalty spot. This time Leighton Clarkson hit the ball into the top left corner of the goal, 0-5. The referee sounded his whistle for half-time soon after.

Spurs, who got the second half underway, had made a change at half-time as Jamie Bowden replaced Max Robson in midfield. An early Jamie Bowden corner-kick was met by Jamie Donley inside the Liverpool box, and his headed effort on goal was saved by Liverpool goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga. A cross from the right from Leighton Clarkson wasn’t gathered by Joshua Oluwayemi, but Jack Bearne could then only hit the ball over the goal. Bowden then managed to pick out Bennett on the right flank with a great lofted pass, and Bennett then cut inside onto his right foot before finding the far corner of the goal, with a good effort from the edge of the Liverpool penalty area, 1-5. Both Charlie Sayers and Kallum Cesay received yellow cards in quick succession, before a good lofted pass from Bowden put Donley through on goal, inside the Liverpool box. However, Donley’s effort was saved by Marcelo Pitaluga. Liverpool managed to get their sixth goal of the game a couple of minutes later, after Jack Bearne latched onto a long pass and then went down the right side of the Spurs box, before finishing across Oluwayemi, and into the far corner of the goal, 1-6. 

Liverpool wanted to score more goals, and after Tom Clayton went past Devine on the left flank, Clayton crossed the ball into the Spurs box. Oluwayemi was unable to gather it, and Mateusz Musialowski ended up putting the ball wide of the goal. After receiving Bowden’s lofted pass out on the right flank, J’Neil Bennett had a deflected effort on goal saved by the Liverpool goalkeeper. Marqes Muir replaced Maksim Paskotši in defence, and then Jaden Williams replaced Yago Santiago. Liverpool went forward with the ball again, as Leighton Clarkson received Tyler Morton’s pass down the right side of the Spurs box, but his effort was saved by Oluwayemi. After Charlie Sayers stopped a pass inside the Spurs box, the ball came to Fidel O’Rourke, who finished well into the bottom right hand corner of the Spurs goal, 1-7. The referee sounded the final whistle soon after, to bring the game to an end. Spurs’ next Premier League 2 game is at home to Leicester City on Friday evening, at the Lamex Stadium.

Player reviews:

  • Joshua Oluwayemi: The Spurs goalkeeper made some good saves, and I certainly didn’t think that he was at fault for any of Liverpool’s goals.
  • Dermi Lusala: Starting the match at right-back, Dermi Lusala later switched sides with Kallum Cesay, during the second half. This was a difficult game for all of the Spurs defenders, and Lusala had a lot of defending to do, with Liverpool focusing a lot down the flanks. 
  • Maksim Paskotši: The Estonia international made his first competitive start for the Spurs Under 23 side this year, on Saturday afternoon. The centre-half completed 79 minutes of the match, and he had to defend against talented Liverpool centre-forward Max Woltman. For both Paskotši and Sayers, there were some difficult moments in the game, but then Liverpool did field a very strong side for the match. 
  • Charlie Sayers: The second year scholar and centre-half completed the whole of the match and although he did start the game to the left side of Maksim Paskotši, Sayers did switch sides on occasions during the game. On only his second ever competitive start at this level, the former Southend United player did have some difficult times during the match against a much more experienced Liverpool side, but I thought that he defended well during the second half.
  • Kallum Cesay: Starting at left-back and later switching flanks with Dermi Lusala during the second half, Cesay had a lot of defending to do throughout the game.
  • Alfie Devine: Often dropping deep in midfield to try and get on the ball during the Liverpool match. Alfie Devine started the game as the deepest midfielder, but later moved higher up the pitch after Jamie Bowden came on during the second half. Devine couldn’t influence the game in the same way that he has done for Spurs’ Under 23 side during recent games, because of the fact that he didn’t receive the ball a lot in the middle of the pitch. 
  • Max Robson: Working hard as always from midfield and trying to make a good impression on the game, midfielder Max Robson only completed the first half of todays game, and he wasn’t playing in his usual role as a CAM, but was instead in central-midfield.
  • J’Neil Bennett: The winger who started the game out on the right flank, improved a lot in the second half following the introduction of midfielder Jamie Bowden. Bennett took his goal really well. 
  • Yago Santiago: Starting the game as a CAM and later switching positions with other players during the match, Yago Santiago completed 83 minutes of the game.
  • Romaine Mundle: Starting out on the left flank as a winger, Romaine Mundle didn’t receive the ball much out on the left side, at times during the game.
  • Jamie Donley: Making his competitive debut for the Spurs Under 23 side, England Under 17 international Jamie Donley led the line for Spurs against Liverpool. Donley didn’t get great service during the match, but came close to scoring during the second half, after being put through on goal by Jamie Bowden. However, the Liverpool goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga managed to save his effort.
  • Jamie Bowden: My man of the match, see below.
  • Marqes Muir: The centre-half came on to replace Maksim Paskotši during the second half.
  • Jaden Williams: The late substitute came on to play as a centre-forward, with Jamie Donley moving to the CAM role.

My man of the match: Jamie Bowden. After being introduced for the start of the second half, classy midfielder Jamie Bowden got on the ball a lot and really tried to get Spurs back into the game. Providing an assist for J’Neil Bennett’s goal from a nice lofted pass, Bowden also created a really good chance for Jamie Donley. The 20 year old was always looking to pass the ball forward and he showed great vision and skill on the ball. He made a real difference to the Spurs team after being introduced for the second half of Saturdays game.

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

Spurs’ Under 23 side face Liverpool at their Academy on Saturday (the game starts at 12:00pm), in their latest Premier League 2 fixture. Spurs won 2-1 against Liverpool in the reverse fixture, earlier in the season, in a game in which they conceded early on in. However, a good second half performance during that game against a good Liverpool side which included Kaide Gordon, was enough to win the game. Liverpool are currently in eighth place in Premier League 2 Division One, four points behind sixth placed Spurs. Liverpool are a good team, and with players such as Northern Ireland international and full-back Conor Bradley, highly skilful winger Kaide Gordon and top scorer Max Woltman all players who could possibly start against Spurs on Saturday, this will be another difficult game for Wayne Burnett’s side. Still in search of their first competitive win of 2022, this would be a great game for Spurs to win. However, with Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Matthew Craig both suspended for this game, and with Harvey White very possibly making the first team squad once again, Spurs could really miss these players for the game on Saturday. I have already arrived in Liverpool, as the match starts early on the Saturday. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: Lo-Tutala, Cesay, Muir, Omole, Lusala, Lavinier (c), Robson, Bennett, Devine, Mundle, Santiago. 

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Sayers, Kyerematen, Williams.

Injured/unavailable: Malachi Fagan-Walcott (suspended), Matthew Craig (suspended).

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Max Woltman. The Liverpool player has scored five league goals and provided one assist, from 19 Premier League 2 appearances this season. He is Liverpool’s top scorer in the Premier League 2 this season. 

Some notes on Spurs loanee Troy Parrott’s performance against Cheltenham Town:

Spurs loanee Troy Parrott started for MK Dons in their League One fixture with Cheltenham Town (unfortunately Kion Etete wasn’t in the squad for Cheltenham), on Tuesday evening. Parrott completed the whole of the match (MK Dons won it 3-1), as he started out to the left of centre-forward Mohamed Eisa, and deservedly scored two goals in the match. Early on in the game the Republic of Ireland international tried to meet MK Dons defender Harry Darling’s lofted pass into the Cheltenham penalty area. However, the forward, who had made a good run in-behind the Cheltenham defence, couldn’t quite control the ball, with Eisa also trying to get the ball. And in the end the Cheltenham goalkeeper gathered the ball. Troy Parrott deservedly scored his first goal of the year for MK Dons, in the 26th minute of the game. After Kaine Kesler Hayden passed the ball to Matthew Smith to the right side of the Cheltenham box, Smith delivered a nice cross into the penalty area, which the Dubliner met. Parrott guided his header well into the right corner of the goal to give MK Dons the lead.

Continuing to make good runs into space as the game went on, early on in the second half a lofted ball over the Cheltenham defence was almost latched onto by Parrott. However, he couldn’t quite head the ball on goal, as he was unable to reach it in the end. Then in the 85th minute of the game a good all round performance ended with Troy getting his second goal of the game. After receiving Theodor Corbeanu’s pass down the right side of the pitch, Parrott brought the ball into the Cheltenham penalty area well, before finishing really well by hitting the ball across goal and into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, to get MK Dons’s third goal of the game. This was another very good performance from the hardworking forward, and it was really great to see him score two goals.