Spurs Under 18’s 0-3 Southampton: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side faced Southampton in a Premier League South game on Saturday, at Spurs’ Hotspur Way training centre. Spurs lost the game 3-0, and I thought that Southampton did deserve to win, and they were particularly strong in the second half of the match. First year scholar Luca Gunter started in goal for Spurs, while a defence consisting of Brandon Bryan-Waugh, Alfie Dorrington, Will Andiyapan and Jahziah Linton started in-front of him. Captain Dante Cassanova and Rio Kyerematen started in midfield, and Maxwell McKnight and Renaldo Torraj started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway, and an early chance which came Jaden Williams’ way resulted in the Spurs forward trying his luck on goal from inside the Southampton box. However, the centre forward’s effort deflected behind off a Southampton defender, for a Spurs corner-kick. Léon Pambou blocked behind an effort from Rio Kyerematen, and then at the other end of the pitch the same Southampton player headed wide from Fedel Ross-Lang’s free-kick. Luca Gunter made his first save of the game shortly afterwards, when he saved Kaya Tshaka’s deflected effort on goal.

Brandon Bryan-Waugh was shown a yellow card on 18 minutes, as the game continued to be a close one. Gunter saved Fedel Ross-Lang’s effort from distance, before Joshua Squires came quite close to accidentally putting Maxwell McKnight’s fine cross into the box at the other end of the pitch into his own goal, but he did well in the end. Southampton player Tyler Dibling hit an effort over the Spurs goal, and then a couple of minutes later Jaden Williams had a looping headed effort from a corner-kick saved by Southampton goalkeeper Eddie Beach. After cutting inside onto his left foot, Tyler Dibling hit an effort just over the Spurs goal, and then Jimmy Morgan hit a deflected effort wide, with Fedel Ross-Lang then hitting an effort wide after receiving the ball down the left side of the Spurs box. After Dante Cassanova’s corner-kick came to him on the edge of the Southampton box just before half-time, Brandon Bryan-Waugh had a low effort saved by Eddie Beach, in what was the final chance of the half. Southampton got the second half underway. After Maxwell McKnight won a free-kick on the edge of the Southampton box, Jamie Donley stepped up to take it. However, his curling effort was saved by Eddie Beach.

McKnight then made an impressive headed clearance at the other end of the pitch, as he diverted Luke Pearce’s headed effort from a Southampton corner-kick onto the left hand post of Luca Gunter’s goal. Khalon Haysman came on to replace Renaldo Torraj out on the left flank shortly afterwards. Then in the 55th minute of the game Southampton took the lead. Southampton broke forward as Jimmy Morgan went forward with the ball down the right flank, before squaring the ball for Fedel Ross-Lang inside the Spurs penalty area, and he was able to slot the ball home from close range, 0-1. Jez Davies returned to replace Rio Kyerematen in midfield shortly afterwards, and afterwards Southampton had further chances to extend their lead. Jimmy Morgan had an effort saved by Gunter, before Fedel Ross-Lang had an effort blocked by Jahziah Linton, as Southampton missed a number of good chances. However, not long afterwards the away side did extend their advantage. Jimmy Morgan received the ball on the right flank, and he brought the ball into the Spurs box, before finding the bottom left hand corner of the Spurs goal, with a composed finish, 0-2.

Luca Gunter saved Luke Pearce’s headed effort well, before Spurs created a great chance to get a goal from. As Jahziah Linton played a pass through to Jaden Williams, who was was through on goal, but his effort was straight at Eddie Beach, who also saved McKnight’s effort on the follow up. Luke Pearce hit an effort over the Spurs goal, before Alfie Dorrington received a yellow card. At the end of a good Southampton move Tommy-Lee Higgs hit the ball over Luca Gunter’s goal. Billy Heaps then came on to replace Dante Cassanova in midfield, before in the final real moment of the game Southampton made it 3-0. As Tyler Dibling’s deflected effort from the edge of the Spurs penalty area went past Luca Gunter and into the back of the net, 0-3. Spurs will now travel to Fulham’s Motspur Park training ground next Saturday, in their final Premier League Cup group game of this season.

Player reviews:

  • Luca Gunter: The goalkeeper made a number of good saves, and he also commanded his box well during the game.
  • Brandon Bryan-Waugh: Making some good blocks and challenges down the right flank, I thought that this was another solid performance from the first year scholar.
  • Alfie Dorrington: The right sided centre-half defended well in the air and also showed his quality on the ball.
  • Will Andiyapan: Showing good pace in defence on occasions, Wales Under 17 international Will Andiyapan played on the left side of central-defence today, having played at left-back for most of the games this season.
  • Jahziah Linton: The left-back got up and down the left-flank well and he made one good clearance off the line in the second half.
  • Dante Cassanova: The Spurs captain made some good passes from midfield against Southampton, during his time on the pitch.
  • Rio Kyerematen: Starting just above Dante Cassanova on the pitch, central-midfielder Rio Kyerematen completed 60 minutes of the match.
  • Maxwell McKnight: My man of the match, see below.
  • Jamie Donley: The Spurs CAM made some good passes during the game and he tried his best to create chances for Spurs.
  • Renaldo Torraj: It was a strong first half performance from Renaldo Torraj out on the left flank, and once again he showed some tremendous skill with the ball, during his time on the pitch.
  • Jaden Williams: Leading the line once again for Spurs, Jaden Williams pressed the Southampton defence well and he also worked very hard up front.
  • Khalon Haysman: The second half substitute played out on the left flank, and he was very direct with the ball during his time on the pitch.
  • Jez Davies: The midfielder returned today for the first time in a while, as he played in central midfield during the final 30 or so minutes of the match.
  • Billy Heaps: The late substitute was always looking to pass the ball forward from midfield.

My man of the match: Maxwell McKnight. The Colchester born full-back has been playing out on the right flank as a winger quite a bit this season, and today he put in a very good and direct performance, in my opinion. McKnight was quicker than the Southampton left-back, and he went on some really good and strong runs down the right flank, while also showing good ball control and skill. Maxwell also delivered some fine crosses into the Southampton box, and he tracked back well too.

Spurs Under 18’s versus Southampton: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side return to playing Premier League South football, when they host Southampton at Hotspur Way, on Saturday morning (the game starts at 11:30am). Last season Spurs beat Southampton 7-0 at home, and then 3-0 away from home at Southampton’s training ground. Southampton have been in good form so far this season, and they currently occupy second place in the league, having picked up 19 points from nine games. Spurs are seven points and seven places behind Southampton, in ninth place. However, Spurs have played one game less than Southampton, going into Saturday’s match. Spurs have a very good record against Southampton at this level in recent years, but this will be another good challenge for Spurs, to play against a team who have scored a lot of goals already this season, and who are also in good form. Spurs will face (at home) Ipswich Town in the third round of this seasons FA Youth Cup, after Ipswich beat Aldershot 4-1 on Thursday, in a second round tie. This will be another difficult game for Spurs. However, I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the game against Southampton on Saturday, and my report will be out on Saturday evening.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Hayton, Bryan-Waugh, Dorrington, Chaplin, Andiyapan, Cassanova (c), Kyerematen, McKnight, Donley, Torraj, Williams.

Subs from: Gunter, Abbott, Haysman, Bloxham, Owen.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-0.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Kami Doyle. The Southampton player has scored seven goals and provided two assists from from five Premier League South appearances this season.

Where are they now? Former Spurs Academy player Maxwell Statham:

Defender Maxwell Statham left Spurs at the end of the 2019/20 season, after having been at the club as an Academy player for many years. The Southend born player, who is the son of former Spurs player Brian Statham, signed scholarship forms with Spurs in the summer of 2017. He was part of a very talented age group that joined the club on a full-time basis for the 2017/18 season. Statham would make a good number of appearances for the Spurs Under 18 side that season, and he impressed during the following pre-season, when he put in some really strong defensive performances for the Development side. Maxwell would make further competitive appearances for the Spurs Under 18 side in the 2018/19 season, including one in the FA Youth Cup, and in total during his time at Spurs, he made over 25 competitive appearances for them at Under 18 level. Statham also made one competitive appearance for Norwich City’s Under 23 side while on trial at the club. However, the centre-half, who can also play at full-back, stayed at Spurs for the 2019/20 season. Impressing once again for the Development side during pre-season, Maxwell made the bench on two occasions for the Spurs Under 23 side in the Premier League 2 that season. Unfortunately the then 19 year old left the club at the end of that season, after his contract came to an end.

A very brave centre-half, who is very strong in the air, has good reading of the game and who is also good on the ball, Statham is a player who always give his all, and who has always impressed with his range of passing. After leaving Spurs in the summer of 2020, Maxwell was without a club for a little while, before signing for Watford in the September of that year. During the season that he spent at Watford, Maxwell played for the club’s Under 23 side throughout the 2020/21 season. Some of Maxwell’s teammates that season included former Spurs teammates Phoenix Patterson and Maurizio Pochettino. Maxwell and Phoenix left Watford at the end of the 2020/21 season, with Phoenix joining Irish side Waterford, and Maxwell joining Isthmian Premier Division side Hornchurch FC (former Spurs player Mark Stimson is the manager at Hornchurch) a month or so later, in September of 2021. The former Spurs Academy player got some good experience playing senior football for Hornchurch, during his relatively short time at the club. However, after impressing for Hornchurch, Maxwell was signed by National League South side (one division higher) Welling United, with their manager Peter Taylor also a former Spurs player.

Since signing for Welling United in October of this year, the now 21 year old footballer has made five competitive appearances for them in the National League South, since making his debut for them against Hemel Hempstead on the 23rd of October. Maxwell has been playing at centre-half for Welling, and he has so far helped them to keep two clean-sheets. The most recent clean-sheet for Welling United came yesterday, when they beat Tonbridge Angels 1-0 at home. I traveled to Welling to watch Maxwell play on Saturday. And also playing and captaining Welling United on Saturday was former Spurs player Olumide Durojaiye. However, Maxwell had a very solid game on the right side of central-defence, in a back four, for Peter Taylor’s side. Winning everything that there was to win in the air, making some nice forward passes out of defence and also impressing with his reading of the game, this was a very good performance from Maxwell. Starting all of Welling’s games since joining them last month, Maxwell will no doubt be learning a lot from the very experienced manager Peter Taylor, as well as learning a lot from playing senior football on a regular basis. It was great to see Maxwell perform so well in defence against Tonbridge Angels, and it’s really good to see him doing so well for himself. I’m sure that the young defender will continue to rise up through the leagues over the course of the next few years, and I wish him all the very best of luck for his future in the game.

Some notes on Spurs Academy player Jamie Donley’s excellent start to the 2021/22 season:

Jamie Donley’s start to the 2021/22 season for the Spurs Under 18 side has been superb. The England Under 17 international who was born in Antrim, Northern Ireland, but brought up in Colchester, England, has shown great maturity during the Under 18 matches that I have seen him play this season, as well as in international games. Donley (16) is a centre-forward, but he is also very comfortable playing as a CAM as well. The first year scholar who has been at Spurs for many years, made his competitive Under 18 debut for the club in a 1-1 Premier League South draw with Leicester City, at Hotspur Way in November 2020. He scored Spurs’ only goal of that game. Donley made an additional 12 competitive appearances for Spurs’ Under 18 side that season, scoring two more goals. An excellent individual performance against AFC Wimbledon in that seasons FA Youth Cup, which saw the centre-forward score a brace, would make sure that Spurs progressed to the fifth round of the competition that season. Jamie has started the following 2021/22 season really well. He has made eight competitive appearances for Spurs’ Under 18 side so far this season, scoring a very impressive eight goals, and registering seven assists. In addition to his statistics from Spurs, Donley scored two goals from two appearances for Northern Ireland Under 19’s, and two goals from three appearances for England’s Under 17 side.

A tremendous athlete, who has a good amount of pace despite being tall, Jamie Donley has demonstrated some excellent athleticism so far this season. Strong in the air, and with a good jumping reach as well. Physical and good at holding the ball up and bringing others into play, Donley loves to drop deep into good pockets of space to really show his impressive range of passing (he has a consistently nice weight of pass, from whenever I have seen him play). He has shown that he is very clinical in-front of goal, and also that he scores all different types of goals, with some spectacular goals already scored this season. A player who likes to try and test the goalkeeper from long distance, Jamie is a good runner off the ball, and this season I have paid close attention to his impressive movement off the ball, and his willingness to make late runs into the box from playing in the CAM role. Donley is a very consistent performer and despite his great goalscoring form so far this season for club and country, he has really shown that he is a very unselfish player. He has really fine vision for a pass and he really does take responsibility with the ball. He is a creative and clinical forward who has already shown how effective him and centre-forward Jaden Williams are at linking up on the pitch in the Spurs Under 18 side.

Personally Jamie reminds me very much of Troy Parrott at the same age, in how creative he is with the ball and also his willingness to drop deep to get on the ball to try and create chances, even in these very early days. Both players press the opposition’s defence consistently well, and have a real tenacity about them. Whenever I have seen Donley play this season for Spurs and England, he has consistently shown a real desire to track back and make strong challenges to win the ball when out of possession. In addition both players have shown their ability to dribble really well with the ball, and also win a lot of free-kicks and penalties. Donley has really impressed me in all of the games that I have seen him play in so far this season for club and country, but the game against Reading, where he really showed the great all-round ability that he has, throughout the game and also that ability to link up so well with Jaden Williams, as both complimented each other for 90 minutes, was in my opinion his most impressive performance so far this season, that I have seen. Donley recently won the Spurs goal of the month competition for a simply outstanding overhead kick goal that he scored in a game against West Bromwich Albion, in October. Another excellent goal, this time a lobbed effort was scored against West Ham United during the previous month.

This has been a sensational start to the season from Jamie Donley, and I’m hoping that he’ll get a chance to play in the Spurs Under 23 side at some point this season, but all in good time. Donley will also be key for the Under 18 side in this seasons FA Youth Cup, and of course during the remainder of the league season.

Some notes on Spurs loanee J’Neil Bennett’s performance against Wolves Under 21’s:

Spurs loanee J’Neil Bennett completed 68 minutes of League One side Crewe Alexandra’s 3-0 Papa John’s Trophy win over Wolves Under 21’s, in their final group game of this seasons competition. The 19 year old winger started up front with Mikael Mandron for the home side, in their game at The Mornflake Stadium. Bennett’s first involvement of the game came after Oliver Finney passed the ball to him on the left flank. The Spurs player then cut inside with the ball, taking it towards the edge of the Wolves penalty area, before trying to find the top right hand corner of the Wolves goal, with a fine and powerful effort. However, the Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy made a fine save to stop Bennett’s effort from going into the goal. A couple of minutes later Bennett received a short corner kick on the right flank. He then worked his way into the Wolves penalty area, before having a cross blocked. After Mikael Mandron gave the ball to Bennett on the edge of the Wolves box, Bennett tried a side-footed effort on goal, but John Ruddy was able to save it relatively comfortably.

After receiving the ball down the left flank this time, J’Neil went on a forward run at pace. He eventually passed the ball to a teammate (Mikael Mandron), and him and another teammate managed to work a goal between them, to make it 1-0. Not long afterwards Bennett managed to get onto a loose ball, he then played a one-two with Mandron, before receiving the ball inside the Wolves penalty area. However, his resulting effort on goal was saved by the Wolves goalkeeper, although Bennett was put off by a challenge from a Wolves defender. A cross into the Wolves box by Michael Williams was met by J’Neil Bennett at the back post of John Ruddy’s goal, but J’Neil’s looping headed effort went just over the goal. Always involved in the first half, Bennett continued to put in a strong performance during the remainder of the half. After going on a great run on the right flank, past a couple of Wolves players, J’Neil had a pass to a teammate intercepted by a Wolves defender inside their penalty area. A couple of minutes later he just missed Josh Lundstram’s cross into the Wolves box. 

Just before half-time, J’Neil’s last real notable involvement of the half and the game came, as a clever flick from the Spurs player, who had little space to go with the ball on the right flank, gave the ball to Josh Lundstram. This eventually led to Mikael Mandron scoring his second goal of the game.

Some notes on Spurs Academy player Dilan Markanday’s excellent start to the 2021/22 season:

Barnet born footballer Dilan Markanday has started the new 2021/22 season excellently well for Spurs. The 20 year old winger, who is capable of playing on either flank, as a CAM, centre-forward or even as a full-back, is a player who has terrific skill, is a hard worker and who is also a real team player. Markanday signed scholarship forms with Spurs back in the summer of 2017, and since then he has played regularly for the Spurs Under 18 side, Under 19’s in Europe and now the Under 23’s for the past couple of seasons. The player who actually made his competitive debut for the Under 23 side back in the final league game of the 2017/18 season, has gone onto become a key player for Wayne Burnett’s side in the seasons since then. Markanday was superb during this pre-season, for Spurs’ Development side – scoring five goals and registering three assists from five appearances. He has carried that excellent form into the new season, scoring ten goals and registering five assists, from 13 competitive appearances, so far. Nominated for two PL2 Player of the Month awards (he was always nominated towards the end of last season) already this season, Markanday’s form has been nothing short of sensational. 

Playing in a variety of positions already this season, Dilan has shown how clinical he is in-front of goal, especially when playing as a centre-forward. When playing in that position this season he has looked very, very good. With his fine movement off the ball and ability to strike a ball sweetly, and also show fine composure in-front of goal, he has looked so clinical in-front of goal. He scored an excellent hat-trick against Leeds United for the Spurs Under 23 side earlier this season when playing as a centre-forward, in what was an outstanding individual performance. Other notable performances at centre-forward include the opening league game against Chelsea, when Dilan scored a goal, and also the 3-1 away win over Manchester City, when he scored two goals. Dilan has also been very effective and productive when playing out wide on the flanks. Particularly effective when he has played out on the right flank and when he is able to cut inside onto his favoured and strong left foot, Dilan has got noticeably stronger since the end of last season. Like former Spurs Academy player Samuel Shashoua in some ways, who also got a lot stronger as an Under 23 player, despite Dilan’s size he has in my opinion shown that he is ready and more than capable of being able to play senior football on a regular basis.

As a winger Dilan is a player who has tremendous balance, is very difficult to win the ball off, is good with both feet, and who also is very, very skilful. Capable of going past defenders like they aren’t even there, Dilan has shown great confidence with the ball this season, and his statistics speak volumes. Since I started watching the Spurs Academy sides, Dilan is one of the very best players that I have seen at being able to ride challenges. He has also shown this season and in previous season that from a defensive point of view, that he can be effective. Good at making standing challenges and at tracking back, he is enthusiastic and has a great work rate, in my opinion. So far this season Dilan has excelled at Under 23 level for Wayne Burnett’s side, putting in terrific performances against the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Leeds United and Crystal Palace. The sheer consistency of his performances this season has deservedly meant that he has made the bench for the first team on four occasions, being introduced on one occasion, when he made his competitive debut for Spurs’ first team in a UEFA Europa Conference League group game against Vitesse Arnhem. A real goalscoring and creative force in the Under 23 side this season, after a strong 2020/21 season, the future for Dilan in the game is looking very promising.

Whether he goes out on loan in January (I personally think that he could play as high up in England as the Championship, on a loan) or stays with Spurs until the end of the season, and plays Under 23 football, as well as hopefully getting more first team opportunities, I just think that as long as he gets consistent game time for the remainder of this season, then that is a real plus. Dilan has been an absolute pleasure to watch play so far this season, and I would like to wish Spurs’ number 54 all the very best of luck for the remainder of this season. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the player who is eligible to represent England and India be called up to the England Under 20 side before the end of the season.

Spurs Under 18’s 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side welcomed Brighton & Hove Albion to Hotspur Way on Saturday morning, for a Premier League South game. Spurs won the match 2-1, and it was another good team performance. Making his second competitive appearance of the season following his return from injury, Luca Gunter started in goal, while a back four consisting of Brandon Bryan-Waugh, Alfie Dorrington, Archie Chaplin and William Andiyapan started in-front of him. Captain Dante Cassanova and Rio Kyerematen started in central midfield, while Maxwell McKnight and Renaldo Torraj started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs. Brighton got the game underway on a cold day in Enfield, but the first chance of the game came Spurs’ way. McKnight passed the ball to Donley inside the Brighton box, but his effort was blocked behind for a corner kick. From the resulting corner kick from Dante Cassanova, the ball ended up coming to Donley, but his effort was saved well by the Brighton goalkeeper Fynn Talley, who made himself big. At the other end of the pitch Donley headed narrowly over Cassanova’s corner kick, before the Spurs forward then hit a free-kick wide. Alfie Dorrington received Spurs’ first yellow card of the game shortly afterwards.

After Jaden Williams had an effort on goal blocked by a Brighton defender, the ball came to Jamie Donley, who hit the crossbar from his deflected effort. After receiving William Andiyapan’s pass inside the Brighton box, Jaden Williams had a low effort saved by Fynn Talley. Joshua Duffus had an effort cleared off the line, before Spurs took the lead in the 37th minute of the game. The impressive Renaldo Torraj picked the ball up on the left flank, before cutting inside and going on a fine and skilful run towards the edge of the Brighton box. He then hit a wonderful and powerful effort past Talley and into the top right hand corner of the goal, 1-0. Shortly after the game got back underway Dante Cassanova received a yellow card, and then a couple of minutes after that Jack Hinshelwood volleyed over Samy Chouchane’s free-kick. Luca Gunter made an important save shortly afterwards to stop Marcus Ifill’s effort, in what was the final piece of action from the first half. Spurs got the second half underway, and early on in the half Alfie Dorrington made a good block to stop Joshua Duffus from testing Luca Gunter. Then Jack Hinshelwood hit an effort just over the Spurs goal, before at the other end of the pitch Maxwell McKnight had an effort blocked. 

Spurs doubled their advantage after McKnight passed the ball to Donley, who then threaded a nice pass through to Rio Kyerematen down the right hand side of the Brighton box. The Spurs midfielder then calmly tucked the ball past the Brighton goalkeeper and into the back of the goal, 2-0. Brighton tried to respond, Jack Gee hit Luca Gunter’s crossbar before Kyerematen blocked a Brighton free-kick. Marcus Ifill had an effort blocked behind for a corner, inside of the Spurs box, before Brighton managed to get a goal back. Luca Gunter dropped a delivery into the box, and the ball fell for Jack Hinshelwood, who was able to score. However, Luca Gunter was not at all happy with the referee that the goal was allowed to stand, and soon afterwards he received a yellow card. Khalon Haysman came on to replace Renaldo Torraj out on the left flank, before Samy Chouchane hit an effort just wide of the Spurs goal. Elliot Jenks then headed just wide at the back post, after meeting Bailey Smith’s cross. 

Thomas Bloxham then replaced Jaden Williams, as Head Coach Stuart Lewis made his second change of the game. A deflected effort from Donley came to Rio Kyerematen inside the Brighton box. He was one on one with Fynn Talley, but the Brighton goalkeeper was able to save his effort from close range. After latching onto Jamie Donley’s pass down the left side of the Brighton penalty area, Thomas Bloxham skipped past a Brighton defender before having his effort saved by the Brighton goalkeeper, in what turned out to be the final chance of the game. Spurs’ next league game is after the international break, when they host in-form Southampton at Hotspur Way.

Player reviews:

  • Luca Gunter: The Spurs goalkeeper didn’t have a lot to do today, in regards to making saves. He did make one important save in the first half and he was unlucky to concede in the second half.
  • Brandon Bryan-Waugh: This was a solid performance at right-back from the first year scholar. Bryan-Waugh made some good challenges during the game.
  • Alfie Dorrington: Central-defender Alfie Dorrington was assertive in defence, made some good blocks and also led well from defence.
  • Archie Chaplin: I thought that this was another strong defensive performance from Archie Chaplin, overall. Chaplin showed his quality on the ball, but also in defence as well.
  • William Andiyapan: Playing at left-back Wales Under 17 international William Andiyapan read the game well down our left flank, and kept good positioning throughout the game.
  • Dante Cassanova: The Spurs captain worked really hard in midfield, and he also worked well alongside Rio Kyerermaten. Cassanova broke up play well in the middle of the pitch.
  • Rio Kyerematen: Getting forward well from midfield, England Under 17 international Rio Kyerematen took his goal well in the second half, but he also kept good positioning in midfield.
  • Maxwell McKnight: Playing as a winger out on the right flank, Maxwell McKnight went on some strong forward runs down the right flank. He was always looking to take on the Brighton left-back.
  • Jamie Donley: The England Under 17 international had a couple of good chances in the first half, which he was unlucky not to score from. Donley worked well off the ball and his passing was good as well.
  • Renaldo Torraj: My man of the match, see below.
  • Jaden Williams: Making some good runs off the ball, centre-forward Jaden Williams led the line well and worked hard to try and influence the game.
  • Khalon Haysman: The second half substitute moved out to the left flank initially before moving to the CAM role.
  • Thomas Bloxham: The late substitute showed good skill to go past a Brighton defender, before having an effort saved by the goalkeeper, late on in the game.

My man of the match: Renaldo Torraj. Playing out on the left flank Renaldo Torraj gave the Brighton right-back a difficult game. Going on some really fine and skilful runs, the versatile player was creative and unpredictable out on the left flank, and he could even have won a penalty in the first half. It was a very strong first half performance from Renaldo, who took his goal excellently well.

Spurs Under 18’s versus Brighton & Hove Albion: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side host Brighton & Hove Albion at Hotspur Way on Saturday morning (the game starts at 11:30am), in a Premier League South game. Spurs’ Under 18 side won 2-1 away to Aston Villa in their most recent away game, and they face a Brighton side tomorrow who have picked up 13 points from eight league games this season, and who occupy seventh place in the Premier League South. Last season Spurs recorded a 2-1 win and a 1-1 draw with Brighton in the league. Always a difficult team to play at this level, Brighton are a talented team who like us, play good football. This should be an interesting game of football, and I will be in Enfield reporting on tomorrow’s game. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Hayton, Bryan-Waugh, Dorrington, Chaplin, Andiyapan, Cassanova, Kyerematen, McKnight, Donley, Torraj, Williams.

Subs from: Gunter, Willhoft-King, Abbott, Haysman, Bloxham.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Zak Emmerson (17). The former Oldham Athletic player, who made two senior league appearances for the Lancashire based club, is an England Under 18 international. The forward has scored an impressive nine league goals and provided two assists from eight league games for Brighton’s Under 18 side so far this season.

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

Spurs’ Under 23 side will travel down to the South Coast to face Brighton & Hove Albion, on Friday evening (the game starts at 19:00pm, at Brighton’s AMEX Elite Football Performance Centre). Wayne Burnett’s side managed to win 1-0 against Manchester United in their last Premier League 2 game, thanks to a late winner from Dilan Markanday. Brighton have started the season well, like Spurs, and they have been particularly strong at home, picking up 13 points from five league games this season. Brighton haven’t actually lost a home game in the Premier League 2 since February, when they lost to Manchester City. Brighton have also only conceded 13 league goals this season. This will be a tough game for Spurs, and with players such as centre-forward and Switzerland youth international Lorent Tolaj, forward and Republic of Ireland Under 21 international Evan Ferguson and Andrew Moran, Brighton will be a difficult team to win against later today. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the match. However, unfortunately I will be unable to report on today’s game, as I have not been given permission to do so by the home club.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala, Cesay, Fagan-Walcott, Omole, Lavinier, Lyons-Foster, White (c), Clarke, John, Markanday, Scarlett.

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Muir, Michael Craig, Mundle, Santiago.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 5-1.

My score prediction: 1-1.

My one to watch: Lorent Tolaj (20). A Switzerland youth international, centre-forward Lorent Tolaj is a strong but technically gifted player, who really impressed me when I saw him play against Spurs’ Under 18 side a couple of seasons ago. Tolaj has scored three goals from ten Premier League 2 appearances this season, and has also provided one assist.

Spurs Under 23’s 1-0 Manchester United: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side faced Manchester United at the Lamex Stadium on Saturday, in the Premier League 2. Wayne Burnett’s side won the match 1-0, thanks to a very late winner from Dilan Markanday. Spurs lined-up with Thimothée Lo-Tutala in goal, while the defence included Kallum Cesay, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Tobi Omole and Marcel Lavinier. Captain Harvey White and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster started in central midfield, and Jack Clarke and Dilan Markanday started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Nile John. Dane Scarlett led the line for Spurs. Manchester United got the game underway, but an early chance for Spurs saw Dilan Markanday hit an effort just wide from Dane Scarlett’s cross from the right flank. Marcel Lavinier then tested Manchester United goalkeeper Matej Kovar from the edge of the Manchester United penalty area, before Markanday had a low effort saved from the left. Thimothée Lo-Tutala saved Anthony Elanga’s effort, and then a couple of moments later Tobi Omole blocked an effort from Amad Diallo. After latching onto a loose ball Nile John hit an effort over the Manchester United goal, and then at the other end of the pitch Thimothée Lo-Tutala came out of his goal to make a challenge (from where I was it seemed to be inside his penalty area) and fouled Shola Shoretire, conceding a free-kick for the away side.

After being shown a yellow card Lo-Tutala saved Shoretire’s resulting free-kick, before Nile John blocked Isak Hansen-Aarøen’s effort. After the Manchester United players looked for a penalty from a supposed handball from Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Lo-Tutala made a save from Joe Hugill’s effort, before Shola Shoretire hit the post from inside the Spurs box. Lyons-Foster blocked Hansen-Aarøen’s effort, and then Fagan-Walcott blocked Hugill’s effort well. The unmarked Teden Mengi volleyed over Amad Diallo’s corner-kick, as Manchester United continued to play well. Lyons-Foster then made a good challenge on Anthony Elanga inside the Spurs box, before at the other end of the pitch John had an effort blocked, before then testing Matej Kovar in the Manchester United goal, in what was the final effort of the half. Spurs got the second half underway, and early on in the half Lo-Tutala saved well from Hansen-Aarøen’s effort, before Dane Scarlett headed wide from Harvey White’s corner-kick. Shortly afterwards Markanday received a pass from Harvey White inside the away team’s box, but his effort was well saved by the Manchester United goalkeeper.

Charlie Wellens volleyed an effort wide from distance, before Amad Diallo saw his effort on goal take a deflection off of Harvey White, before being saved by Lo-Tutala. Nile John hit an effort narrowly wide of the Manchester United goal, before at the other end of the pitch the newly introduced Charlie McNeill hit the side-netting of the Spurs goal. Yago Santiago came on for Jack Clarke, in what was Spurs’ first change of the game. After receiving Markanday’s pass, John had an effort saved from Kovar, before the Manchester United goalkeeper tipped over an effort from Harvey White. Romaine Mundle made his return from injury to replace Tobi Omole, and then a couple of minutes later Markanday won a free-kick on the edge of the Manchester United box, which Harvey White hit over the goal. Michael Craig then came on to replace Nile John in midfield, before Scarlett headed over Mundle’s cross. Then in the 92nd minute of the game Spurs took a deserved lead through their best player on the day – Dilan Markanday. Santiago’s low pass tried to be cleared by a Manchester United defender, but the ball came nicely to Markanday inside the away team’s box. Markanday showed good composure to powerfully hit a low effort past Kovar, and into the back of the goal, 1-0.

Björn Hardley headed over Amad Diallo’s corner-kick, before Yago Santiago had an effort blocked inside the Manchester United box, in what was the final piece of action of the game. This was another very good and deserve win for Spurs, who will play Brighton away in their next and final league game before the upcoming international break.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothée Lo-Tutala: The Spurs goalkeeper made a number of good saves for Spurs on Saturday, in what was a good performance from the France Under 19 international. 
  • Kallum Cesay: I thought that the right-back defended well against the talented Anthony Elanga, down Spurs’ right flank.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: The right sided centre-half made an important block in the first half, and overall I thought that he defended solidly alongside Tobi Omole in central defence.
  • Tobi Omole: The left sided centre-half had a strong game alongside Malachi Fagan-Walcott, during his time on the pitch against Manchester United.
  • Marcel Lavinier: I thought that the full-back defended solidly on Saturday and also got forward well on occasions as well.
  • Harvey White: The Spurs captain and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster had a difficult job to do in midfield, as Manchester United focused a lot on trying to build from midfield, and also trying to be better and more influential than us in that area of the pitch. However, I thought that Harvey White and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster more than held their own in the centre of the pitch, and they complimented each other well. 
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Making some good challenges and interceptions in midfield alongside Harvey White, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster’s overall reading of the game was good.
  • Jack Clarke: The winger who switched flanks with Dilan Markanday during the second half was very direct with the ball out in the wide positions.
  • Nile John: The CAM tried his luck on goal on numerous occasions, and he was very direct with the ball when going forward with it, and showed good skill as well. 
  • Dilan Markanday: My man of the match, see below.
  • Dane Scarlett: The second year scholar led the line well for Spurs and worked very hard off the ball. His movement off the ball was as good as always.
  • Yago Santiago: The second half substitute helped to set-up Dilan Markanday’s winner, and he made a good impression on the game after he came on.
  • Romaine Mundle: The winger made his return from injury as he came on to play the final 12 minutes of normal time of the game.
  • Michael Craig: N/A.

My man of the match: Dilan Markanday. The 20 year old winger really grew into Saturday’s game, and after switching flanks with Jack Clarke he really started to cause Manchester United a lot of problems (he was good before switching flanks). Markanday took his goal really well again, and his directness and excellent skill on the ball was very impressive. He really liked to cut inside onto his favoured left foot after switching onto the right flank during the second half.