Looking at how former Spurs Academy player Rafferty Pedder is getting on, over a year since leaving Spurs to join QPR:

For a long while he was incredibly unlucky with injuries, during part of his time in the Spurs Academy set-up, prior to signing scholarship forms with the club in 2018. However, midfielder Rafferty Pedder showed great resilience after spending so long on the sidelines. He featured more times than any of his teammates for the Spurs Under 18 side in 2019/20, having made his competitive debut for Spurs at that level during the previous season. He would also feature on a good number of occasions for the then Spurs Under 23 side, over the next two seasons, before leaving the club to join West London club QPR, last January, on a permanent transfer. Having been at Spurs for so long, similar to Dilan Markanday, it would have been a very difficult decision for the Maidstone born footballer to leave the club. Rafferty is a versatile midfield player, who can play in central midfield, as a CAM or out wide on the flanks. A player who plays the game with a real desire to make the difference in matches, the 20 year old is a tremendous athlete, whose skill, determination and positivity on the ball, makes him a real joy to watch.

Rafferty is very good at linking the play, taking up good goalscoring positions, and at scoring and creating goals. He has in my opinion and from the games that I have seen him play for QPR’s B team, in the past year, really flourished. Doing well in matches that he played for the QPR B team in during the second half of last season. The former Spurs man scored two competitive goals for the B team last season, with both of them coming in a dramatic 3-2 win over Wigan Athletic, late on in that season. However, he has contributed far more than just his goals during his time at QPR so far, and the player who made his first team debut for them last pre-season in a friendly with Uxbridge, has already scored four goals for the QPR B team this season. And as I said, from the games that I have seen Rafferty involved in this season, it is his all-round play and ability to be decisive and always look to make that forward pass or take players on, which has made him really standout this season.

Rafferty also has an excellent low centre of gravity and a real amount of pace, and he never stops running. This season I have seen him have excellent games against the likes of Cardiff City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Colchester United’s Under 21 sides. That 2018/19 Spurs Academy intake were such a tremendously talented group of players, and Rafferty is just as good and has just as much potential as anyone in that group has, in my opinion. And I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see him get a loan move at some point in 2023, or even feature for the QPR first team, as he has really impressed for the B team this season. On Friday night I will hopefully be watching Rafferty play for the QPR B team, as they take on AFC Bournemouth in an Under 21 Premier League Cup game.

Where are they now? Looking at where the former Spurs Academy players who left the club at the end of 2021/22, are now:

An article that I write around this time every season, where I follow the progress of the former Spurs Academy players who left the club at the end of their contracts at the end of the previous season. In the following piece I will be writing a short update on where those former Spurs Academy players are, who left the club at the end of the 2021/22 season. As always, I wish those former Spurs Academy players all the very best of luck for the future.

Josh Oluwayemi: The 21 year old goalkeeper joined League One side Portsmouth, in the summer, after leaving Spurs in June. A Spurs Academy player for many years, Josh was a regular starter for the Spurs Under 18 side and Under 21 side, during his time at the club. Since joining Portsmouth, Josh has so far made five senior competitive appearances for their first team (all in the Papa Johns Trophy). And as the second choice goalkeeper for Portsmouth this season, Josh has featured many times on the bench for Danny Cowley’s side. Josh has kept three clean-sheets from five appearances for Portsmouth this season, and it would be great to see him start for them against Spurs, in their third round FA Cup tie at Spurs, next month.

Thimothée Lo-Tutala: France youth international and goalkeeper Thimothée Lo-Tutala signed for Championship side Hull City in the summer, after leaving Spurs in June, after his contract had come to an end. Thimothée hasn’t featured for the Hull City first team yet, but he has featured on the bench for them on two occasions. He has however, featured for their Under 21 side on occasions, and the Paris born goalkeeper was called-up to the France Under 21 side for the first time, earlier this season.

Kapcer Kurylowicz: A former Poland youth international, 21 year old goalkeeper Kacper Kurylowicz is a goalkeeper, who like Josh and Thimothée, I think very highly of. Having featured for the Spurs Under 18 and 21 sides in the past during his time at Spurs, Kacper spent some time out on loan with non-League side Potters Bar Town, towards the end of last season. Kacper left Spurs at the end of his contract, after that 2021/22 season had come to an end. He was on trial with West Ham United’s Under 21 side during the start of the 2022/23 season, and he even featured on the bench for their Under 21 side in a Premier League 2 game, at the beginning of the season. During the early stages of the season, Kacper signed for Yaxley FC. The club is based in Cambridgeshire, and they play their football in the Northern Premier League Division One Midlands. From researching Yaxley’s matches, I found out that the former Spurs man has started almost every game for Yaxley, since he signed for them.

Isak Solberg: A regular at youth level for Norway, goalkeeper Isak Solberg only featured for the Spurs Under 18 side on one occasion in competitive competition during his time at Spurs, but he did feature on the bench for their Under 21 side on occasions. A Spurs Academy player for three seasons, the player from Voss in Norway signed for Norwegian OBOS-ligaen (second tier of Norwegian football) Kongsvinger in September of this year, during their season. Isak made the bench for  Kongsvinger on a good number of occasions, but didn’t feature for their first team during that season. With that season now officially ended, I was unable to find out whether the 19 year old goalkeeper will still be with them for the 2023 season.

Tobi Omole: Joining Spurs’ Academy set-up in 2020, as an experienced Academy player from his time at Arsenal. 23 year old central defender Tobi Omole spent two seasons with Spurs’ Under 21 side, in which time he became an important player for the side. Tobi left Spurs at the end of the 2021/22 season, and soon after he would join League Two side Crawley Town. Tobi featured for Crawley Town on five occasions early on in the 2022/23 season, before unfortunately picking up an injury in August. He has yet to return from that injury to play again for Crawley Town, since August.

Dermi Lusala: A highly skilful full-back with good balance to his game, an injury halted Dermi Lusala’s progress at Spurs, during his second season of scholarship with the club. After playing some games for the Spurs Under 21 side last season, Dermi left Spurs at the end of that 2021/22 season. He joined Championship side Coventry City in July of this year, and the 19 year old has featured for the Coventry Under 21 side this season. And earlier this month Dermi joined non-League side Barwell Town on a one month loan.

Jordan Hackett: A former England Under 18 international, left-back Jordan Hackett joined the Newcastle United Academy set-up in July of this year, after leaving Spurs at the end of his contract in June. Jordan has so far featured on eight occasions for the Newcastle United Under 21 side in the Premier League 2 Division Two, a league that they currently sit in sixth place in, going into 2023.

Jez Davies: Skilful and tenacious midfielder Jez Davies was previously with the Leyton Orient Academy set-up, before joining Spurs’ Academy. The 18 year old signed scholarship forms with Spurs in the summer of 2020, and would feature mainly for their Under 18 side, during his time at the club. After leaving Spurs this summer, he played some matches for Chelsea’s Under 21 in pre-season, before spending some time without a club. However, he very recently joined Burnley’s Academy set-up.

Oliver Turner: Creative and hardworking midfielder Oliver Turner featured for the Spurs Under 18 side on one occasion, during his two years of scholarship with their Academy. I recently read that Oliver had joined Aldershot Town’s Academy set-up after leaving Spurs in the summer, but unfortunately I’ve been unable to confirm whether he is still playing for them at Academy level.

Renaldo Torraj: Highly creative winger and Albania youth international Renaldo Torraj, like Jez Davies, featured for Chelsea’s Under 21 side in pre-season, but wouldn’t end up signing for them on a permanent basis, after leaving Spurs in the summer. However, Renaldo signed for Burnley’s Academy in October of this year. He has been with their Under 21 side, and he will be a teammate once again of Jez Davies in the new year.

Khalon Haysman: Former England youth international Khalon Haysman, is a central midfielder who during his time at Spurs, at Under 18 level, liked to get forward to support the forward players. One of the Spurs Academy players who left the club at the end of last season, the 18 year old featured for one of Bolton Wanderers’ Academy sides in November of this year. However, I have been unable to find out if he has actually signed for the League One club.

J’Neil Bennett: A skilful and unpredictable winger, 21 year old professional footballer J’Neil Bennett was at Spurs for a number of years as an Academy player, after joining them from QPR. The scorer of the first ever goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, J’Neil joined Brentford B in late November, after leaving Spurs at the end of last season. Paris Maghoma was another former Spurs Academy player who has represented both Spurs at Academy level and also Brentford’s B team in recent seasons.

Where are they now? Former Spurs Academy player Maurizio Pochettino:

Maurizio Pochettino was a hardworking and skilful winger during his days in the Spurs Academy set-up. The son of former Spurs head-coach Mauricio Pochettino, Maurizio signed scholarship forms with Spurs during the summer of 2017, having previously been with Southampton’s Academy set-up. With good technique and skill on the ball, Maurizio is a clever player who got stronger and quicker during his days in the Spurs Academy set-up. Although he wasn’t always a regular for the Spurs Under 18 side during the 2017/18 season (his first year of scholarship), the player who was born in Barcelona would impress when he started matches. However, he continued to make good strides during the following season, a season that he started more matches in for the Spurs Under 18 side, and he made his FA Youth Cup debut during the same season. Progressing up to the Spurs Under 23 side during the 2019/20 season and also playing for the Spurs Under 19 side in the UEFA Youth League, Maurizio had some really good games for Spurs during that season.

The now 21 year old professional footballer would start the 2020/21 season with the Spurs Under 23 side, before moving to Watford on a permanent transfer in the January of 2021. During his time with Watford, Maurizio would spend the majority of his time there with their Under 23 side, and during his first season with the club his teammates included former Spurs Academy players Maxwell Statham and Phoenix Patterson. Maurizio made his one and only appearance for the Watford first team as a substitute against Brentford in the Championship during the 2020/21 season. During the following 2021/22 season he would score three goals for the Watford Under 23 side. He left Watford at the end of last season, and after a short time without a club Maurizio Pochettino signed for Spanish third tier side Gimnàstic in July of this year. Maurizio has so far made five competitive appearances for Gimnàstic. His most recent appearance came against Racing Rioja CF in the Copa del Rey, on Saturday. I would like to wish Maurizio all the very best of luck for the remainder of this season. 

Where are they now? Former Spurs player Gerry McMahon:

In my latest piece on the where are they now former Spurs players series, I’ll be looking at Gerry McMahon, and his time at Spurs during the 1990s. Although not someone who technically came through the youth system at Spurs (this series is often about former Spurs youth/Academy players), Gerard Joseph McMahon was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in the December of 1973. He started his footballing journey with Lurgan United, before joining Glenavon as a scholar in 1988. It was with Glenavon that the highly skilful and fast forward with an eye for goal, was scouted by a number of English clubs, after impressing for Glenavon as a teenager. McMahon was scouted, almost by chance by Spurs during the early 1990s. Spurs’ former Northern Ireland scout Robert Walker recalled to me how he first became aware of Gerry McMahon, in my 2021 interview with him: “ A memory which stands out from my time at Spurs, was when Spurs were signing Nicky Barmby, who had come over here to play against Northern Ireland Schoolboys and I kind of had to look after him for a while as John Moncur was having lunch with Nicky’s mum and dad. ”

“ Another one was a player called Justin McBride who was a very good player and played for Glentoran and was in his early 20s. This would have been in 1991 and I had to go and watch Justin playing for Glentoran v Glenavon in an Irish Cup game, the game ended 0-0. The replay was at Glenavon’s ground on the Tuesday night, so I went up to the game to watch Justin, but there was a player playing for Glenavon who I’d never heard of. As I knew most of the players over here, I could not understand why I I never heard of him, he was absolutely brilliant. I had no mobile phone at the time, so I went down to the social club and got a pound changed into ten pence pieces, and went to the phone on the wall and rang Terry Venables and said that you can forget about Justin McBride as I’ve seen somebody else. They then sent Ted Buxton (Spurs’ chief-scout) over to watch him but he (Gerry) ended up getting hurt in that game, but they signed him a week later for a good fee and also Spurs came over to play Glenavon in a pre-season friendly. Also part of the deal. The player also got to stay with Glenavon until the end of the season when they reached the Irish Cup Final, so Ted Buxton came over to watch the cup final and Glenavon won 2-1, that player was Gerry McMahon, who scored the winner. Gerry was another who loved it at Tottenham. ”

After joining up with Spurs in the summer of 1992 after being signed by the club for a fee of £100,000 , Gerry McMahon would often feature for their reserve side. However, in time he would feature for the Spurs first team in competitive matches  on 20 occasions during his time at the club. He did score one goal for Spurs, and that came in a UEFA Intertoto Cup game against Östers IF. However, going back to the start of Gerry’s time at Spurs, and after he had spent time playing for them at both youth and reserve team level and also for Barnet (on loan), a very special day for the former Northern Ireland international would have been his competitive first team debut for the club. That came in a Premier League match with Coventry City at White Hart Lane at the end of the 1994/95 season. Gerry would leave Spurs in 1996, just over four years after he had joined the club, and after trials with Stuttgart and Udinese, the forward would depart for Stoke City on a permanent transfer.

Later playing for Scottish club St. Johnstone, during a particularly good time for the club in the late 1990s, Gerry McMahon returned to England for a while to trial with some clubs. However, he returned to Northern Ireland to reunite with Glenavon in the August of 2000, and would later become assistant manager, caretaker manager and reserve team manager at the club. Continuing his coaching career, Gerry was assistant manager with Loughgall, before becoming player-manager of Dromara Village, and later manager of Lurgan Celtic (Gerry even played as a goalkeeper in one game for them in 2019!). Nowadays the former Spurs man is a first team coach at Dollingstown FC, who play in the third tier of Northern Irish football, and he has been in that role since joining them from Lurgan Celtic in the summer of 2019. I would like to wish Gerry a successful remainder of the season with Dollingstown. He is somebody who should be very proud of all that he achieved in his footballing career as a player, and of course at Spurs.

Where are they now? Former Spurs Academy player Aaron Skinner:

Aaron Skinner’s tenacious style of defending, as well as his excellent work rate, and versatility meant that he was a regular starter for the Spurs Under 18 side, after joining Spurs’ Academy set-up during the 2019/20 season. From Salford, in Lancashire, Aaron Skinner had previously been with Bury, before moving to Bolton Wanderers’ Academy set-up after Bury’s Academy had closed. A central defender who can also fill in at full-back, or in midfield mainly as a defensive-midfielder, Aaron is a player who is good on the ball but also strong in the challenge. After joining Spurs on trial in the autumn of 2019, Aaron made his competitive debut for the Spurs Under 18 side in an Under 18 Premier League Cup fixture with Stoke City, and soon after that match he signed for Spurs. I watched every game that Aaron played for Spurs’ Under 18 side during the 2019/20 season, and although he would often play in central defence, often alongside Marqes Muir, Aaron would also play in defensive-midfield on occasions.

I remember two matches well in which the then second year scholar played in defensive-midfield for the Spurs Under 18 side. The first one was against Brighton (away), a game that Aaron played tremendously well in, and where he won so many challenges in the midfield, before later moving to full-back for the latter stages of the match. I named Aaron man of the match for that one, and also the game against Swansea City soon after, when he also played in defensive-midfield and did really well. He finished the 2019/20 season really strongly for the Spurs Under 18 side, and he would even make the bench for the Spurs Under 23 side. During the 2020/21 season Aaron didn’t make many appearances for the Spurs Under 23 side after pre-season, although he would make two Premier League 2 appearances for Sunderland when on he was on trial with them, in addition to his two appearances for the Spurs Under 23 side during that same season. Aaron would leave Spurs at the end of the 2020/21 season.

After spending some time without a club, Aaron joined Northern Premier League Premier Division side Bamber Bridge (they are based Lancashire) in the November of 2021. There was a Spurs connection with Bamber Bridge at the time, with former Spurs player and Academy graduate already Mark Yeates playing for Bamber Bridge during that season. Aaron made his league debut for Bamber Bridge in a 1-0 win over Basford United in late November, and he would play a really good number of games during the remainder of that 2021/22 season, helping Bamber Bridge to a sixth place finish in the league. Remaining with the club for the following 2022/23 season. Aaron has been a regular starter for Bamber Bridge so far during this season, and he has been versatile in where he has played, and he has scored two goals so far this season. 

Bamber Bridge currently sit in 7th place in the league this season, and it is great to see the 20 year old former Spurs Academy player getting vital experience of playing non-League football regularly, as he continues to get better. I would like to wish Aaron all the very best of luck for the remainder of this season, and I am sure that he will work his way back up the leagues in the future.

Where are they now? Former Spurs Academy player Rayan Clarke:

During his days in the Spurs Academy set-up, Rayan Clarke often played out on the flanks as a winger. Capable of playing on either flank, and also as a centre-forward, Rayan had been at Spurs for a long time before he made his competitive debut for the Spurs Under 18 side during the latter stages of the 2016/17 season. Clarke would sign scholarship forms with the club during the summer of 2017, and after spending some time out injured, he returned to the Spurs Under 18 side just after the start of the 2017/18 season. He would make a good number of appearances for Scott Parker’s side during that 2017/18 season. However, it was during the following 2018/19 season that Rayan really established himself in the Spurs Under 18 side, as a second year scholar. Part of a very good Spurs Under 18 side that came so close to winning the Premier League South during that season. Rayan scored a good number of goals that season, and provided a good number of assists as well.

A highly skilful and creative winger with very good pace, and a real eye for goal. Rayan Clarke is unpredictable in the way that he dribbles with the ball, and he does like to go inside with the ball from the flank and test the goalkeeper from distance. A good crosser of a ball and a player who can go past players with the ball really well, Rayan actually started for the Spurs Under 18 side against Southampton, in the first ever game that was played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, in 2019. During the following 2019/20 season Rayan Clarke spent one season with the then Spurs Under 23 side full-time (he had already featured for the Spurs Under 23 side in the past), and he would score one goal for the Spurs Under 23 side. Unfortunately Rayan was released by Spurs at the end of the 2019/20 season. He went on trial with a number of clubs in England during the following 2020/21 season, including Sunderland, where he scored one goal from one competitive appearance for their Under 23 side.

Rayan spent some time without a club before signing for non-League side Hayes & Yeading, earlier on this season (2022/23), but he later signed for Isthmian League South Central Division side Westfield FC, during the current season. Rayan last made an appearance for Westfield on the fifth of October, in a league fixture with Bedfont Sports. It’s great to see Rayan playing competitive football again, and at the age of 21, I’m confident that he’ll work his way back up the leagues again in the future. I would like to wish Rayan all the very best of luck for the remainder of this season.

Where are they now? Former Spurs Academy player Armando Shashoua:

London born professional footballer Armando Shashoua was a player who excelled for Spurs at Academy level, during his time at the club. The younger brother of another former Spurs Academy player – Samuel Shashoua. With his low centre of gravity, skill, excellent close ball control and outstanding work off the ball, Armando is also a leader on the pitch, as he showed for Spurs at Academy level so often over the years. After joining Spurs on a full-time basis in the summer of 2017, Armando worked his way up the ranks at the club, at Academy level. He was a regular and important player for the Spurs Under 18 side, during his two seasons as a scholar at the club, and during his second season of scholarship at Spurs, Armando was the captain of the Spurs Under 18 side. He would later progress to the Spurs Under 23 side, and he finished the 2019/20 season as the top scorer of the Spurs Under 23 side, despite leaving the club in the January of that season, to join Spanish third tier side Atlético Baleares, on loan to the end of that season. After making some appearances for Atlético Baleares during that 2019/20 season, Armando would leave Spurs to join the team from Mallorca, in the summer of 2020 on a permanent transfer. Following in his brother Samuel’s footsteps, after he had already played for Atlético Baleares.

Armando did really well, in my opinion during the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons for Atlético Baleares, and he has improved even further in his all-round game. He made 51 competitive appearances for Atlético Baleares during his time in Mallorca, scoring four goals from those appearances. Armando played in a number of different roles on the pitch, during his time at Atlético Baleares. Impressing with Atlético Baleares over the past two seasons, Armando impressed with his ability to bring the ball forward at pace and with great skill from midfield, while starting matches in that position. Armando also played in the CAM role, where once again he linked the play really well, showed his ability to glide past players, as well as working really hard off the ball. He has always been a very clever player, who never stops running and impressing with his movement off the ball, and at Spurs he was a player who I always thought would achieve great things in the game. 

During the 2021/22 season the former Spurs Academy player was a very important player for Atlético Baleares, as they achieved great things in the Spanish Copa del Rey, with Atlético Baleares reaching the round of 16 of the competition that season, having entered it at the first round stage. Armando started his former club’s round of 16 game against Valencia, completing 90 minutes of their 1-0 home loss to Valencia. After two seasons of good strides with Atlético Baleares in the league and cup, the 21 year old midfielder signed for Spanish LaLiga 2 side UD Ibiza last month, on a contract for the next three seasons with Ibiza. Ibiza finished in 15th place in LaLiga 2 last season, and I am sure that Armando will help to improve the side further, as he steps up to play second tier football in Spain, in a very competitive league. I still watch a lot of Armando’s matches, since he left Spurs, and it has been great to see him get better and better in his all-round game. Armando played for UD Ibiza yesterday, against his brother Samuel’s side CD Tenerife, although I don’t believe that Samuel featured in that game. However, hopefully both brothers will feature in the two fixtures involving Ibiza and Tenerife in LaLiga2, this season (2022/23).

I would like to wish the very consistent Armando Shashoua a very successful season, in 2022/23, with Ibiza. He should already be very proud of all that he has achieved in the game, so far.

Where are they now? Former Spurs Academy player Luke O’Reilly:

Luke O’Reilly was a Spurs Academy goalkeeper, who was at the club for one season – 2017/18. The London born former professional footballer had previously represented West Ham United and Peterborough United, as a youth team player, before joining the Nike Academy. O’Reilly joined Cardiff City as an Academy player in 2015, from the Nike Academy. He would play for Cardiff at Academy level, before joining non-League side Redditch on loan, for a while during his time at Cardiff. Not long after returning to Cardiff from Redditch, Luke left Cardiff City. After some time without a club he joined Spurs on a one year contract, joining their then Under 23 side. Luke O’Reilly made the bench for Wayne Burnett’s side on occasions during that 2017/18 season, a season where he competed with Brandon Austin and Alfie Whiteman for a starting place in the side. However, Luke’s one and only competitive appearance for the Spurs Under 23 side, came in a quite remarkable Premier League 2 match at the Lamex Stadium, in Stevenage. He started in goal for Wayne Burnett’s side, up against a Liverpool Under 23 side that had Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings playing as the two centre-forwards in that game. Adam Lallana was also playing for Liverpool in that game.

O’Reilly had a really solid game in goal for the Spurs Under 23 side against Liverpool, as he kept a clean-sheet, in a 1-0 win for Spurs. The goalkeeper didn’t play for Spurs again at Under 23 level, during the remainder of that 2017/18 season. He left Spurs after his contract came to an end at the end of that season, but he joined Carlisle United during that summer. O’Reilly made the bench on six occasions for the Carlisle United first team, during his relatively short time at the club during the 2018/19 season. A commanding goalkeeper with good reflexes, Luke would later spend some time in the non-League, with Chelmsford City, Beaconsfield Town and Maldon & Tiptree, before calling time on his playing career, in the summer of 2020. The now 26 year old former professional footballer, has since started a really promising coaching career, as a goalkeeping coach. During and after his playing career, Luke has so far coached Academy goalkeepers at Colchester United, become the first team goalkeeping coach at Stevenage and later the head of Academy goalkeeping at the League Two club. 

Later becoming a goalkeeping coach at Ebbsfleet United, Luke is impressively now the first team goalkeeping coach at League Two side Crawley Town. He is clearly a talented and promising coach, and I wish him all the very best for the new season, and for his future in the game as a goalkeeping coach.

Where are they now? Former Spurs Academy player Dylan Duncan:

Midfielder Dylan Duncan was at Spurs for a good number of years as an Academy player. The Londoner signed scholarship forms with Spurs in the summer of 2015, and was part of a very good Spurs Under 18 side during the next two seasons, which included the likes of Japhet Tanganga, Brandon Austin, Samuel Shashoua and Marcus Edwards. Primarily starting matches in central midfield, Dylan can also play as a defensive-midfielder, as a CAM and out wide as a winger. Capable of running games from midfield, the now 23 year old footballer showed his very good technical ability on the ball over the years for Spurs, and also his fine skill on the ball, and ability to go past players with it. Duncan would feature regularly for the Spurs Under 18 side during the 2015/16 season and also the 2016/17 season. A midfielder player who has an eye for goal, Dylan joined the then Spurs Under 23 side for the start of the 2017/18 season, and during that season and the following 2018/19 season he would play a really good number of games for the Spurs Under 23 side.

Dylan scored one goal from 26 Premier League 2 appearances for the Spurs Under 23 side, and he also showed the creative side of his game. Unfortunately Dylan left Spurs at the end of his contract, at the end of the 2018/19 season. He soon joined Queens Park Rangers for the following 2019/20 season. Getting a good amount of games for the QPR Under 23 side during the first part of the 2019/20 season, Dylan joined Scottish side Dunfermline Athletic, on loan in the January of 2020. He would then return to QPR for the start of the 2020/21 season, and would join up again with their Under 23 side. Dylan left the West London side at the end of that 2020/21 season, after his contract with them came to an end. After spending quite a while without a club, Dylan signed for League of Ireland Premier Division side Finn Harps  on the 18th of June 2022. The club from County Donegal in Ireland, are currently in ninth place in the The League of Ireland Premier Division, and they will be hoping to avoid relegation from the top division this season.

Dylan will be an important player for Finn Harps during the remainder of the season. He made his competitive debut for Finn Harps as a second half substitute in a league game against Sligo Rovers, and Dylan has subsequently featured in their last two league fixtures. Dylan was always a played that I thought highly of during his Spurs Academy days, and it is really good to see him playing full-time football, again. I would like to wish Dylan all the very best of luck for the remainder of this season with Finn Harps.

Where are they now? Former Spurs Academy player Anthony Georgiou:

It was in the January of 2021 that former Spurs Academy player Anthony Georgiou’s time with the club came to an end. Georgiou, who has represented Cyprus at senior level, was born in Lewisham, and had previously been with Watford at youth level, before joining Spurs some time before signing scholarship forms with the club. A player that I wrote a lot on during his time at Spurs as an Academy player and professional, the winger who I have always thought is a quality player, was a regular for Spurs at Under 18 and 21/23 level, over his years at the club full-time. A winger who mainly plays on the left flank, he has great pace and close ball control, as well as a very good left foot. Georgiou can also play at left-back/left wing-back, as he has shown on numerous occasions throughout his footballing career so far. As well as featuring regularly for Spurs’ Academy sides over the years, the very direct winger (he can also play on the right flank) also made some appearances for the Spurs first team, over three separate pre-seasons. He also made one competitive appearance for the Spurs first team, as a late substitute in a UEFA Champions League group-stage match against Cypriot side APOEL, during the 2017/18 season.

Anthony went on three loans during his time at Spurs, with the last one being to Bolton Wanderers, in the 2019/20 season. Often very unlucky to pick up injuries during very important times in his Spurs career, Georgiou returned to Spurs for the start of the 2020/21 season, and he would make two competitive appearances for the then Spurs Under 23 side, during the first half of that season. He would leave Spurs on a permanent transfer to sign for Cypriot side AEL Limassol, who play in the Cypriot First Division, in the January of 2021. Georgiou would go on to make 23 competitive appearances for AEL Limassol, in just under a year at the club, scoring two goals from those 23 appearances in all competitions. I watched a good amount of the games that Anthony was involved in for AEL Limassol, but he didn’t always start as many matches as he probably would have like to (particularly during the second season). However, in a good number of matches for AEL Limassol, the former Spurs player showed what he is about on the pitch – determination, skill and going forward with the ball at pace. During his first season with AEL Limassol, Anthony helped them to finish in second place in the Cypriot First Division during the second half of the 2020/21 season, just one point behind the league winners.

Anthony had some really fine games against Anorthosis (he scored a goal in a 2-1 loss, while playing on the right flank) and also against Apollon Limassol, respectively. Showing some really good technique and good link-up play as well, on either flank when he played for AEL Limassol, the Londoner got to experience playing professionally in a different league, with a different style of play to what he had often been used to in England. However, the now 25 year old footballer only made seven competitive appearances for AEL Limassol, during the first half of his second season with the club. His last appearance came against Paphos, in a league game that he completed 79 minutes of. Anthony left AEL Limassol in the January of 2022, and while he spent some time without a club, upon his return to England he would join London club Leyton Orient on trial. He was actually on trial with the League Two side for quite a long while during the 2021/22 season, and he impressed in some behind closed doors friendlies for them, prior to signing for them on a one year contract on the 30th of June 2022.

Anthony made his official debut for Leyton Orient in a pre-season friendly against non-League side Haringey Borough on Friday evening. He completed the first half of the 2-1 win for Leyton Orient, scored the opening goal of the match and was also very lively going forward with the ball down the left flank. The 2022/23 season will be one that Georgiou will be hoping is very successful for him and for his new club, Leyton Orient. I would like to wish Anthony all the very best of luck at Leyton Orient for the upcoming season, and I look forward to the JE3 Foundation Trophy game between Leyton Orient and Spurs Under 21’s, later this month.