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. 

Where are they now? Former Spurs Academy player David Ajiboye:

Former Spurs teammate Samuel Shashoua on David Ajiboye: “ David always had huge potential. He was incredibly fast and a good dribbler. I’m really happy to see that it’s going well for him now. ”

On Tuesday evening David Ibukun Ajiboye helped Sutton United to make history, as they beat League One side Wigan Athletic on penalties, to reach the final of this seasons Papa John’s Trophy, for the first time in their history. The Londoner who was with Spurs as an Academy player, up until the age of 16, when the club would announce who their scholars were for the upcoming season, has been a key player for Sutton since he joined them. Ajiboye was part of a very talented Spurs Academy age group, one which included the likes of Marcus Edwards, Samuel Shashoua, Brandon Austin and Keanan Bennetts. David Ajiboye, who is a skilful winger who can also play as a centre-forward, signed scholarship forms with fellow Category One Academy side Brighton & Hove Albion, for the start of the 2015/16 season. Ajiboye made a number of competitive appearances for Brighton’s Under 18 side during his first season at the club and during his second season, but his best memory from those two seasons would surely have been scoring the winner against Arsenal, in a 2-1 away Under 18 Premier League South win.

The forward made seven competitive appearances for Brighton’s Under 23 side during the following 2017/18 season. He went out on loan during that 2017/18 season on two occasions, the first one being with non-League side Worthing. Then later on in the season David joined Millwall’s Under 23 side on loan. However, David Ajiboye was released by Brighton at the end of the 2017/18 season. He signed for previous side Worthing, who he had previously been on loan with during the season before. The 2018/19 season went really well for Ajiboye, who really showed his potential with the Isthmian Premier Division side, and he scored 16 league goals for them during that season, as well as more goals in the cup competitions. After his impressive debut season in senior football, the forward would have attracted the interest of a number of higher league clubs. However, for the start of the following 2019/20 season, he joined then National League side Sutton United. Ajiboye made a really good number of appearances for Sutton, during his first season with the club. In 2019/20 he made 37 league appearances for them, scoring four goals.

Sutton United made history during the following 2020/21 season, when they were promoted to the Football League, after winning the National League during that season. And Ajiboye played 39 league games for Sutton during that season, scoring five goals from out wide. And since the start of this season (2021/22) he has improved further, adapting really well to life in League Two. He has scored seven league goals from 31 appearances, and has provided three assists in the league, plus an additional one in the Carabao Cup. Ajiboye has made a really good impression on League Two football so far this season, and in addition to helping Sutton reach the final of the Papa John’s Trophy, they currently sit in fourth place in League Two, which is such a big achievement for Matt Gray’s side. There is quite a bit of a Spurs connection at Sutton as well, with defender Ben Goodliffe an old Spurs Academy teammate of David’s, while midfielder and former Chelsea youth team player Kenny Davis is a Spurs supporter. However, it is really good to see David Ajiboye doing so well for himself in the Football League.

The former Spurs Academy player, who now predominantly plays out on the right flank as a winger, is a very fast player with a lot of pace and skill to his game (I have seen David play on three occasions since he joined Sutton). He is very direct and inventive with the ball at his feet, and he showed this directness during his most recent Sutton appearance, against Wigan Athletic. While he is a player who is creative and who has a real eye for goal, as he has shown, he is also a real team player who works hard for the team, and his statistics have been impressive this season for someone who before this season had never played in the Football League before. Sutton’s top league scorer this season should be very proud of all that he has achieved in the game already as a 23 year old, and David Ajiboye has good potential to improve further as a player, and hopefully he will help Sutton win promotion to League One this season.

Where are they now? Former Spurs player John Bostock:

Former Spurs player and Crystal Palace Academy coach Micky Hazard on John Bostock: “ As a youngster John was exceptional and he was one of the very best around. I think that every club in the country wanted him, as well as clubs from abroad. I know that John went to play for Barcelona at one point and scored two goals in one of their youth team games. But he was a brilliant player, although I’m not sure that he ended up getting the guidance that he should have got, as I look at him and I know that there was so much more to achieve. He had a great background and a lovely family, and so he had the right grounding and was very well educated. From the age of 15/16 he never sort of fulfilled what he had shown as a youngster, in the way that he should have, even though he’s still playing in the Football League now, but it’s not a level that he should have been playing at, for the talent that he had. But ultimately he’s a lovely, lovely human being and his family is amazing, and so I genuinely believe that if he’s happy then that’s the be-all and end-all, and over and above success. 

John never struck me as somebody who would let things get him down and he would accept that what ever came his way was what was due to him. Therefore as he was very religious, he would accept whatever came his way. And that was what was so lovely about him, and that no matter how great or poor he got he would always be that nice human being. He had a nice level outlook. ”

John Joseph Bostock was born in Lambeth, South London, in 1992. Starting his footballing career with Crystal Palace, a club with a very good youth set-up, John Bostock was very highly rated as a youth player, and a great number of top clubs wanted to sign him. Clubs such as Barcelona, who even offered him a ten year contract to join them, at an early stage in his career. However, Bostock, who attended the Nautical School as a youngster, would continue to progress really well at Crystal Palace, as a youth player. He progressed so well at the South London club that the midfielder rose up the ranks faster than anyone else in Crystal Palace’s history, to make his senior competitive debut for their first team as a 15 year old, in the Championship. Bostock, who was part of the same Crystal Palace youth team as Nathaniel Clyne and Victor Moses, and who was coached as a youth player by Spurs legend Micky Hazard, made an additional four competitive first team appearances for Crystal Palace’s first team during the remainder of his time at the club. However, John Bostock made the move across London, to sign for Spurs on a permanent transfer in the May of 2008, when he signed scholarship forms with Spurs.

Bostock made his non-competitive first team debut for Spurs during his first pre-season at the club, when he came on as a substitute in a friendly against Spanish side Hercules. During that first season at the club, and in the subsequent season John Bostock became a regular and important player for a very talented Spurs Under 18 side. He did however, also make appearances for the Spurs reserves as well. But once again he made history, this time at Spurs, when he came on as a substitute in a UEFA Cup game against Dinamo Zagreb, in the autumn of 2008. He became the youngest player in Spurs’ history, at 16 years and 295 days, to appear for their first team in a competitive match, when he came on in that game at White Hart Lane. Bostock would make an additional three competitive appearances during his time at the club, plus some appearances in friendly matches. He also went out on various loan moves to other clubs, during his time at Spurs.

John Bostock went out on his first loan move in 2009, when he joined Brentford. The midfielder scored two goals on his Brentford debut, in a 2-2 League One draw with Millwall. A midfielder with great ability, Bostock has always been a classy player, and one who has expressed himself on the pitch with the ball at his feet. A very technically gifted player, who has always been quick, skilful and assertive in midfield, Bostock has demonstrated his good vision for a pass and eye for goal, and also his quality left foot (he can pass the ball well off of either foot). After returning from his loan move at Brentford, John went on several more loan moves away from Spurs. Loan moves that would see him play for Hull City, Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon Town and MLS side Toronto, via a trial with LA Galaxy. However, after Bostock’s contract came to an end with Spurs in the summer of 2013, five years after he made the move across London, the footballer who was still relatively early on in his career at that stage, made the decision to try a different footballing culture. He joined Belgian side Royal Antwerp in the July of 2013. 

After a season of getting a lot of minutes and a lot of games for Royal Antwerp, John Bostock made a really good impression in the second tier of Belgian football, during that 2013/14 season. The former England youth international left Royal Antwerp to join another Belgian side, in Oud-Heverlee Leuven in the summer of 2014. He spent two very fine seasons with Oud-Heverlee Leuven, scoring and providing a really good number of assists from midfield. Bostock also played a big part in helping Oud-Heverlee Leuven get promoted to the top tier of Belgian football, during his second season with the club. His influence on the team was recognised a lot by Oud-Heverlee Leuven fans and in the second tier of Belgian football itself, during his time at the club. A successful time in the French Ligue 2 followed for John, who made the move to France in 2016, to sign for RC Lens. Scoring five league goals and providing five assists for Lens during an impressive first season at Lens, John Bostock won the player of the year award for Ligue 2, during his first season playing in that league.

After leaving RC Lens in the January of 2018, the talented midfield player signed for Turkish side Bursaspor. He later moved back to France to play for Toulouse, before returning to England to sign for Championship side Nottingham Forest on loan, during the 2019/20 season. He later left Toulouse during the following 2020/21 season, and ended up signing for League One side Doncaster Rovers in the January of 2021. Bostock has so far made 32 league appearances in the time that he has been in Yorkshire. And the player who was once called up to represent Trinidad & Tobago, is currently still out after picking up an ankle injury last year. Although he should hopefully be back playing again for Doncaster, who he will be very much hoping to help avoid relegation to League Two (they are currently in 23rd place in League One). Last season I saw John Bostock play twice for Doncaster, in League One games against Ipswich Town and Portsmouth (I was watching those two games to watch Spurs loanees Troy Parrott and Harvey White). Providing an assist in the 2-1 win over Portsmouth and having a really strong game in midfield that day, Bostock also impressed in the game against Ipswich Town.

In both of those games that I watched last season I thought that the former Spurs player stood out very much on a technical level. He was always composed on the ball and used it very well. But it was that very obvious class that he has had since he first came onto the footballing scene all those years ago, which was still very much at his feet. Still only 30 years of age, John should be very proud of all that he has achieved in the game so far, and his career still has quite a long way to go. But right now he’ll be very focused and eager to return to help Doncaster Rovers avoid relegation to League Two. He may not have made a lot of appearances during his time at Spurs, but he has been very well traveled in the game and experienced different footballing cultures. The player who was thought of so highly by his old Spurs youth team teammates and also by so many others in the game, has achieved an awful lot more than most would ever dream of achieving in the game, and at 30 years of age he still has a lot more to achieve in football. I would like to wish John Bostock all the very best of luck for the remainder of the 2021/22 season with Doncaster Rovers.

Where are they now? Former Spurs Academy player Maximus Tainio:

Maximus Tainio predominantly played for Spurs’ Under 18 side as a right-back, during his time at the club. The son of former Spurs player Teemu Tainio, Auxerre born footballer Maximus joined the Spurs Academy full-time in the summer of 2017, having previously been with Finnish side HJK Helsinki. He made his league debut for the Spurs Under 18 side in a Premier League South game against West Ham United, which Spurs won 3-1, back in the October of 2017. Tainio would make an additional five league appearances for Scott Parker’s side, during the rest of that season. Also capable of playing in midfield, as a central-midfielder, Maximus made his competitive debut for the Spurs Under 23 side during the same season, when he came on as a late substitute in an away Premier League 2 game with West Ham United. During the following season, and during the early parts of it, then second year scholar Maximus made a good number of appearances for the Spurs Under 18 side. He played really well and really made that right-back position his own, during the first part of the season. Really good at making forward runs off the ball, the Finland youth international put in some excellent defensive performances.

Always playing the game at a really good intensity, and having a good balance to his game as well, Tainio captained the Spurs Under 18 side to a highly impressive 9-0 league win over West Ham United during the first half of 2018/19. In total Maximus made 14 competitive appearances for the Spurs Under 18 side during 2018/19, and it would have been a lot more had he not been unfortunate enough to miss the second half of the season because of injury. He also made two competitive appearances for the Spurs Under 23 side before missing much of the second half of the season, and he even went in goal during the latter stages of a Premier League International Cup game with Norwich City, making two good and important saves during his time in goal. Maximus left Spurs at the end of the 2018/19 season, after his contract came to an end. He joined Finnish Veikkausliiga side FC Haka, soon after leaving Spurs. His dad Teemu is the manager of FC Haka. Maximus then joined then Finnish second division side AC Kajaani, on a short loan. He made two competitive appearances for them, before returning to FC Haka, where he made 14 Finnish Veikkausliiga appearances, during the 2020 season.

The former Spurs Academy player enjoyed another good season of development at FC Haka, during the recent 2021 Finnish Veikkausliiga season. The now 20 year old footballer made 24 Finnish Veikkausliiga appearances for FC Haka during the 2021 season, scoring two goals and providing four assists, as he helped them to achieve an eighth placed league finish. Maximus seemed to be playing in a good variety of positions during his time at FC Haka. Last month he signed for fellow Finnish Veikkausliiga side HIFK on a permanent transfer. Maximus made his competitive debut for HIFK in the Liigacup, on the 28th of January, when he completed 77 minutes in central-midfield, as they won 1-0 against FC Inter. It’s great to see Maximus doing well for himself in the game, and I wish him a very successful 2022 season with his new club.

Where are they now? Former Spurs Academy player Moroyin Omolabi:

A versatile player, former Spurs Academy player Moroyin Omolabi, was capable of playing in defence, at centre-half or in a midfield role, during his time at Spurs. Omolabi joined Spurs full-time in the summer of 2016, and over the next season and a half (2016/17 and the first half of 2017/18) he would make a total of 22 league appearances for the Spurs Under 18 side, scoring one goal and providing one assist. Moroyin played at centre-half and in central-midfield, during his season and a half as a scholar at the club. At the start of the 2017/18 season (while still a second year scholar) the former Spurs Academy player teamed up on some occasions with Brooklyn Lyons-Foster at centre-half, where he did well. I remember Moroyin being very good in the air, composed on the ball and good in the challenge. I also remember Omolabi being good at reading defensive situations, as well. Around halfway through the 2017/18 season, Moroyin Omolabi left Spurs as a second year scholar, and joined Reading, where he started playing some matches for their Under 18 side. 

The defender made some competitive appearances for Reading’s Under 18 side during the remainder of the season, and in one Premier League South game against Norwich City, he scored two goals from midfield, in a 4-1 win. Then during the following 2018/19 season, Moroyin made two Premier League 2 appearances for Reading’s Under 23 side. The former Spurs player left Reading at the end of the 2018/19 season, and then he joined non-League side Berkhamsted, in November of 2019. After some time spent there, Moroyin joined another non-League side in Grays Athletic, who he was with for a while. And most recently Moroyin had been playing in the third tier of Swedish football, with Ljungskile, who he made 19 league appearances for during last season. Omolabi last made a squad for Ljungskile, who finished in sixth place in their league, last season, back in November of last year, when he came on as a late second half substitute against Lindome. Ljungskile’s new league season starts in April of this year, but I have been unable to find out whether or not Moroyin will still be playing for them during the new season. However, I wish him all the very best of luck for his future in the game.

Where are they now? Former Spurs Academy player Reo Griffiths:

Centre-forward Reo Griffiths (21) was at Spurs for a number of years as an Academy player, after making the move from his first club Leyton Orient. A very versatile player, who could play in defence, out-wide, in midfield and up-front as a centre-forward, prior to signing scholarship forms with Spurs, when Reo would often lead the line for the Spurs Under 18 side. After signing scholarship forms in the summer of 2016, the former England youth international became a regular for the Spurs Under 18 side, and although he didn’t always play up-front as a centre-forward during that 2016/17 season. He still scored a good number of goals. Griffiths was also an important member of the Spurs Under 18 side that reached the semi-final’s of that seasons FA Youth Cup, and he scored one goal in the quarter-final 5-3 win over Newcastle United, that season. In 2017/18 Reo had an outstanding season with then Head Coach Scott Parker’s Spurs Under 18 side, when he was honestly unplayable in nearly every game that season. The then second year scholar scored a combined total of 34 goals for the Spurs Under 18 side, and the Under 19 side in the UEFA Youth League, and also provided 12 assists for his teammates.

During 2017/18 Reo, who hadn’t really long started playing up-front by that stage in his career, was really adding a lot more to his game. He was holding the ball up really well, bringing others into play, and most importantly of all scoring a real variety of goals. The centre-forward finished the 2017/18 season as top scorer in the Under 18 Premier League South, with 27 goals. Griffiths also made four competitive appearances for the Spurs Development side during 2017/18. In recent years however, Reo’s outstanding goalscoring total will probably not be bettered or even matched for a very long time, by a Spurs Academy player. However, at the start of the following 2018/19 season Reo departed Spurs, as he moved to France to join French side Olympique Lyon, on a contract until the summer of 2022. The former Spurs player made his competitive debut for Olympique Lyon B, in the fourth tier of French football, as a substitute in a league game with FC Martigues, in December of 2018. He made a further seven competitive appearances for Olympique Lyon B, during the remainder of that season. 

Strong in the air and a clinical finisher, who likes to try his luck on goal from distance. Griffiths scored six goals and provided one assist from 16 competitive appearances for Olympique Lyon B, during 2019/20. He then scored six goals from nine league appearances during the following 2020/21 season, when he captained Lyon’s B team on three occasions. However, during the current 2021/22 season Reo has only made one appearance for Olympique Lyon B. With that coming in a 4-0 league defeat to Marignane G. FC, in October of last year. That was his first competitive game of football for a long time. He last made a squad for Olympique Lyon B in November of 2021, and with Reo’s contract running out at the end of this season, it will be interesting to see if he does stay with Lyon, in France, or if he even comes back to England at some stage. I always enjoyed watching Reo play for Spurs at Academy level, and in particular during that 2017/18 season he was just so consistently good. I wish him all the very best for the rest of the 2021/22 season, and also for his future in the game.

Where are they now? Former Spurs Academy player Tariq Hinds:

Full-back Tariq Hinds was at Spurs as an Academy player for a number of years, up until leaving them at the end of his contract in the summer of 2020. The Goodmayes born footballer who is capable of playing at full-back on either flank, or in central-midfield, was a player who was consistent in my opinion, and also very reliable during his time as a Spurs Academy player. Hinds signed scholarship forms with Spurs during the summer of 2016, and he would make his first competitive appearance of the season for the Spurs Under 18 side in a 5-1 home league win over Aston Villa in the August of 2016. Making good progress during that 2016/17 season, Tariq also stepped up to play for the Spurs Under 23 side on occasions during that season. The then first year scholar had a memorable game against Swansea City at Under 18 level during 2016/17, when he scored a brace against them, while playing in central-midfield. Tariq helped Spurs’ Under 18 side reach the final of the Under 18 Premier League Cup, during the following 2017/18 season, when he was a regular and important player for the Spurs Under 18 side for the second consecutive season.

Hinds stepped up permanently to the Spurs Under 23 side during the 2018/19 season, when once again I thought that he did well on a consistent basis. A good all-round full-back, who reads the game well and is tenacious, but who also is a really good and skilful footballer who has good pace and who likes to take players on. Tariq is a real team player and one who will always give his all for the team. He reads situations really well, and is always alert. And his versatility and ability to comfortably play at full-back on either flank, or in midfield, is something which is really impressive. During his final season at Spurs (2019/20), Tariq played almost every game for the Spurs Development side, and he often filled in at left-back because Dennis Cirkin was injured for quite a bit of that season. A really determined player, Hinds provided two assists for Wayne Burnett’s side during that season, and he put in very good performances for the Under 23 side against the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Everton. However, he was released by the club at the end of the 2019/20 season, and he would then unfortunately spend some time without a club.

Tariq decided to try a new footballing culture and he joined Portuguese side Lusitano Évora, and he played there for a while during the 2020/21 season, in what must have been a really good experience for him. He returned to England for the beginning of this season, and he joined National League South side Billericay Town, in October of 2021. The now 21 year old has made 11 league appearances for Billericay since joining them, and he seems to be doing well for them. His most recent appearance for them came as recently as Tuesday, when he played for them against Slough Town, in the National League South, in a game which ended 1-1. Teammates of Tariq’s at Billericay, are former Spurs players Shaq Coulthirst and Jack Munns. Tariq also plays in the same league as former Spurs Academy player Maxwell Statham. Billericay are currently in bottom place in the National League South, but hopefully they can stay up. I wish Tariq all the very best of luck for the remainder of the season, and for his future in the game.