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New experiences and the lads were not overawed

2:30 pm

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Windy COYS has taken this piece and highlighted some important elements in John McDermott's words, elements that are overlooked by many a fan who isn't interested in anything below the first team.

John McDermott on the support at the U18 match last night. Well done to everyone who made the effort to go & sang themselves hoarse!

The football at Development levels is a world away from first team football and yet a player has to come through that and be prepared for first team action. That can't be done with fingers crossed, we have to build their character, their temperament, their mental approach and decision making.

Football isn't a game where you just pick 11 players send them on the pitch and see what they can do. The coach is arguably the most important element, he is the one who decides how his team are going to play each game. Every player is tasked with duties, different roles in different defensive positions and different roles in attacking positions, a lot of it, work without the ball.

You look at any coach on the sidelines and he is continually giving instructions, giving directions and then his half-time changes to counteract the opposition often make a marked difference, as they did for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. That certainly explains why we took so long finding the right man.

A young player has to learn to take all this on board, he must know his role and the roles of his teammates. The crowd adds a different factor altogether, it adds nerves, tension, fear. Skill simply isn't enough, if you can't handle the mental side you can't be a top footballer and it is the creme de la creme we want to bring through for ourselves.

These games at first team grounds are designed to give them a taste of playing on the big stage with a crowd present. The more the crowd can replicate the signing the better so you have to applaud every Spurs fan that went along to QPR and sang. It is another new experience that they suddenly have to respond to. Concentration levels can drop when you hear fans signing about you, your mind can wander, but it must stay on the job in hand. The pride at hearing your name sung must be put to good use and channeled into a players performance.

The result, a 4-1 win at Loftus Road, suggests our lads were not overawed but took it all in their stride and I bet they talked about the atmosphere in the changing room.


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U-18 in final, Yahaya looking for another club?

5:00 pm
The Tottenham Hotspur youngsters are taking on Maccabi Haifa (Israel) tonight in the final of the IMG Cup. Our 18 side drew 0-0 with Mexican side Toluca FC last night to top their group on goal difference and secure a final berth.

The video below is of our Under-15 side demolishing Liverpool in the final of the Lion City Cup a few months ago.


An example of the problems of dealing with youth is highlighted by 'teenage sensation' Musa Yahaya, the Nigerian who turned 18 earlier this month. He played a starring role scoring four goal and having four assists as his nation won the Under-17 World Cup in 2013.

Success can go to a players head though, they can think they have made it or that they don't have to work so hard at their game, they can think they are entitled to game time ot promotion to a higjer team without putting in the work required. Is Musa Yahaya one of thoise players?

If you son't have the right mental approach as a football loving kid you simply won't make it. he has now fallen out with his national coach and has had a poor last year with us. All the talk is of a poor attitude, poor work ethic and that he is now having to look for another club. To produce a conveyor belt of talent you are going to lose some who don't cut the mustard along the way, if they go on to perform elsewhere with a chgange of attitude so be it, you don't cry over spilt milk. The academy job is to produce professional footballers, if that is for us that is a bonus, not all will be, but we still have a duty to give as many youngsters as we can the tools neded to succeed.


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Video Links: 17yo Ryan Loft gives Chadli some finishing lessons

5:00 pm
The Under-18 boys beat Southampton U-18's 3-1 and you can see highlights of the Spurs goals at the links below.



Samuel Shashoua levels after 12 mins - Southampton 1-1 Spurs
Ryan Loft puts us 2-1 ahead after 31 minutes - Southampton 1-2 Spurs - hope Nacer Chadli was watching how to tuck them away from there after a Kyle Walker type pass behind the full-back.
Ryan Loft again shows Chadli how it is done first half injury time - Southampton 1-3 Spurs

He scored 13 goals last season in the Under-18 Premier League and doesn't turn 18 until 14th September. He is a Gravesend (Kent) boy having gone to school at Northfleet Technology College.

He had 10 minutes as a right sided attacking midfielder in the 2-0 Under-21 Premier League win over Norwich City last season and sat on the bench on a couple of other occasions, against Leicester City and Chelsea.

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The key lesson we learned from the Leicester City game
The underlying midfield issue at Tottenham
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Spurs U18 3 Man United U18 1

9:07 pm
The Under 18 tie was an entertaining affair tonight as Tottenham Hotspur took on Manchester United at White Hart Lane in the last 16 of the FA Youth Cup. David Pleat, Rob Mackenzie and former record signing Chris Perry (£4m from Wimbledon 1n 1999) were all in the crowd watching proceedings.

Spurs U18's celebrate after beating Benfica to win the Champions Cup in September last year

Tottenham are three times winners of the tournament, 1970 when Graeme Souness scored against Coventry City, in 1974 when he beat Huddersfield Town and in 1990 when we had Ian Walker in goal against Middlesbrough. Spurs have twice been runners-up, to West Ham in 1981 after beating Man United in a previous round and when we lost to the same team in the 1995 final.

The Spurs lads played in typical Spurs style, high energy high pressing and good passing.We started lively and had the better of the game for the first 23 minutes. It took 20 minutes to beak the deadlock with Josh Onomah on the ball frequently. The goal came from a corner which wasn't a great one being low at the near post, but it made it's way across the six yard box and Giorgiou reacted first to stab it home.

It took United just 5 minutes to strike back out of the blue. A free-kick from 30 yards was beautifully hit and beat Voss at his near post from their top scorer Marcus Rashford. he was the one player who you felt a little nervous about looking vulnerable at times but wasn't given a great deal to do by United.

The score at half-time was 1-1 but 17 minutes later Spurs were back in front 2-1. Man United had the ball in the Spurs net but it was disallowed for offside. Spurs went up the other end down the right side and Azzaoui on the left was free. He moved central and two passes later he nicely chipped over the on-rushing keeper from 14 yards.

A period of possession after 70 minutes saw the ball played to right-back Walker-Peters near the right hand touchline in his own half. He played a long ball down the line over the full-backs head for Anthony Giorgiou who was about to be substituted. He out ran the defender cut inside into the box and from a tight angle tucked the ball with his left foot between the keepers legs.

That earned him a reprieve as Azzaoui was substituted instead. Centre-forward harrison was taken off after 77 minutes with Sterling taking his place. Tottenham continued to play possession based football and pressed United high.

After 82 minutes Stylianides was replaced by Charlie Owens who has been at Spurs since he was 10. Right until the end of the game United failed to press us high enough and our fitness showed as we kept possession and comfortably saw the game out.

Result: Tottenham 3 Manchester United 1

Tottenham U18 XI: Voss, Walker-Peters, Walkes, Amos, Maghoma, Carter-Vickers, Georgiou, Stylianides, Harrison, Onomah (c), Azzaoui.
Tottenham Subs: Owens, Edwards, Sterling, Loft, Glover (GK)
Manager: Kieran McKenna

McKenna was a Tottenham graduate but a persistent injury meant he had to retire early and take up studies at Loughborough University. At 38 he is now coaching the Spurs Under 18 side after winning the Premier League South title with us in 2006.




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