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Can you name the 9 academy players Pochettino has given debuts to?

10:30 am


Tashan Oakley-Boothe became the ninth Spurs academy player to make his debut under Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday. He came on against Barnsley in our League Cup victory at Wembley.

In youth players contracts at clubs, there are often clauses inserted that guarantee the youngster time with the first team on match day. It is great for their development to be a part of the whole package of a match day so they get used to it and get used to the crowd, which is a big step up from the numbers they normally play in front of.

You'll often see youngsters taken on trips abroad, we regularly took them to UEFA Europa League ties which adds the travelling element, new culture, new crowd reactions, new training facilities. It shows them the level they need to get to, it gives them a carrot and an experience they otherwise wouldn't get, even travelling to an away Premier League match.

On some occasions there is also a game time clause inserted, if injuries etc allow. Thus you will find a youngster gets a substitute appearance in a League Cup tie or is brought on in an end of season game when there is nothing to play for or at the end of a game the club is winning, comfortably ideally. We did that for Filip Lesniak in May before selling him this summer. If we knew he was leaving and presumably we did, there was no reason to bring him on unless he had a clause in his contract. I have no idea whether he did, but events would suggest he did, in hindsight.


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Spurs U-18's beat Southampton

2:15 pm

The Tottenham Hotspur Under-18 side have taken on Southampton Under-18's away from home in their Under-18 Premier League game and we beat the South Coast side 2-1 to pick up 3 valuable points.

Spurs were comfortable at 2-0 after goals from Reo Griffiths on 11 minutes and Phoenix Patterson after  27 minutes. Kornelius Hansen got a consolation goal for the Saints after 80 minutes.

The Week 4 game kicked-off at 11:30 this morning under referee J. Pike at the Staplewood Training Ground, Southampton, Hampshire.

Griffiths scored after shooting from the edge of the area into the bottom corner after Matt Lock had overlapped from right-back to find Patterson who had opened the scoring at the near post.

Spurs XI: Austin, Lock, Louis Statham, Hinds, Reynolds, Bowden (Yellow card 74 mins), Markanday, Maghoma, Shashoua, Patterson, Griffiths.

Subs: Mukendi (for Lock 69 mins), Richards (for Patterson 82 mins), Maurizio (for Markanday 90 mins), Oluwayemi, Thorpe

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16-goal attacking midfielder who arrives late in the box like Alli signs new contract

7:20 am

Tottenham Hotspur Under-18 attacking midfielder Jack Roles has signed his first professional contract with the club.

He has an eye for goal and has been pushed forward giving him greater scoring opportunities. He has impressed all who have seen him and looks a promising talent.

The 18-year-old (19 next February) is right-footed and played 17 Under-18 Premier League games scoring 13 goals with a further 2 assists. In 27 games in all competitions he scored 16 goals and had a further 4 assists.

Just like Dele Alli he is a player who arrives late into the box and he can clearly score goals when he gets there. Born in Enfield and at Tottenham since he was six, he has dual nationality and could represent either England or Cyprus. He has 2 Cyprus Under-19 caps and has scored one goal for them.

He sat on the bench for the final Under-21 game of the season to give him a taste of the next level of football for him, much the same as we put development youngsters on the bench to experience the first-team environment.

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Youth talk and Spurs talking with PSV

9:44 pm


Ledley King training youngsters

Ipswich Town youngster Zak Brown scored for Tottenham Hotspur at the tournament we are playing in San Diego, USA which is being screened on TV in the States

Earlier I brought you news of Ben Knight playing for us at an Under-15 tournament, I understand he has agreed a deal with Ipswich Town to continue his development there.

In addition to Ben Knight, guesting for us on the trip are Zak Brown, Nyan Mesuria and Liam Gibbs.

The Ipswich Town academy head of coaching and player development, Bryan King, was assistant academy director and head of player development at Spurs prior to returning to Ipswich Town in 2012. We therefore have a good working relationship with the Championship club.

The USA recently beat England Under-15's at the Torneo Delle Nazioni in Italy with Mexico beating Portugal for third place.

It is becoming increasing more difficult for Eredivisie clubs to buy players with transfer fees skyrocketing. Manchester City and Real Madrid have just bid £113.58 million (€130m - AUS$195.18m - US$145.39m) for 18-yar-old (19 in December) striker Kylian Mbappe of Monaco.

PSV general manager Toon Gerbrands has told the media that PSV have held positive talks with Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Chelsea about working together to develop players clubs buy that they can then loan to PSV to develop. Full story at the link below.

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Spurs looking to build player loyalty

6:00 am

John McDermott head of Coaching and Player Development expressed the sentiment to NBC that inner drive was important to Spurs. He said it isn't the pushy patent or the pushy coach, we look to develop that inner drive within a youngster so he will want to continually improve.

You can not expect to build player loyalty or a successful academy if you do not bring players through and give them opportunities in the first team. In are cases it can be achieved at clubs winning trophies and paying top wages, like John Terry at Chelsea, but the wages are not something we can compete on.

We had to find another way to compete and investing in youth was the answer we came up with. That means employing the best coaches, the best scouts at a very grass roots level and be better at it than our nearest rivals.

We have arguable overtaken Arsenal in terms of youth development, they are now all about buying players after growing so many of their own. Manchester United grew their own before buying to sustain success.

Our club has a real identity now, young English players abound in the first team where you look at Chelsea and they only play two English players a game, often the case with other clubs challenging as well. If you are a young English player living in London Tottenham must figure high on the places you would ant to go and learn simply because if you are good enough you are likely to be given a chance while other clubs won't give you a look in.

Long may we hear the Spurs fans singing he's one of our own, you don't seem to hear it anywhere else.

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Academy centre-back praises Alderweireld

5:00 pm


Young academy centre-back Japhet Tanganga has been inspired by our Belgian international Toby Alderweireld.
The 17-year-old (18 in March) England Under-18 international is a regular starter for Spurs' Under-18 team and has made two appearances from the bench for Spurs' Premier League 2 side as well as being selected four times in the UEFA Youth League.

Player Profile
Name: Japhet Tanganga
Position: Defender
Date of birth (Age): 31/03/1999 (17)
Place of birth: Hackney
Country: England
Club: Tottenham ( ENG)

UEFA competition debut:
Club: UEFA Youth League (Group stage)
18/10/16: Leverkusen 3-1 Tottenham
National team: UEFA European Under-17 Championship (Elite round)
24/03/16: England 3-1 Turkey

Wikipedia tell us that Tanganga joined Tottenham as an Under-11. In August 2014 and was voted MVP when Tottenham won the South Korea Cup, an Under-16 tournament, which included teams such as Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund. 

He made his youth team debut as an Under-16 during 2014-15, going on to make a total of five appearances in the campaign. Japhet impressed in central defence, Tottenham's Under-18 team kept clean sheets in four of the five games Tanganga started.

The youngster was asked about the strengths of Alderweireld and then what aspects he was trying to instill into his own game.

"He's very comfortable in possession, good at long and short-range passing. I think he defends well and he reads the game really early. I think that's something you need as a footballer. 
"He's very sharp and that's why I'd say he's one of the best defenders in Europe right now. I've seen him training and he's always alert, always knows what he's going to do and I'd like to be like that one day so I look up to him because of all that he does. 
"There are two things actually - one is his ability to read the game early. He spots things, senses danger really well and manages to help out his team-mates as a result. 
"Secondly, he's a goalscorer, a real threat in the opposition's box and I'd like to score goals as frequently as he does. Those are two things I'd like to emulate.
"I really like how he's able to adapt to different formations. He can fit into a different system and still do his job really well and you could say he's versatile in the sense that he's pretty much playing centre-half, just in a slightly different area sometimes when we have three at the back. 
"Since he's been at the club I think he's helped Jan Vertonghen, their defensive partnership is one of the best in Europe. I think he helped Cameron Carter-Vickers last week in the FA Cup and Kevin Wimmer too, so he's a big factor and a welcome influence in defence."

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Pochettino has changed youth development at Tottenham

6:00 am


The changing face of youth development at Tottenham Hotspur can be seen by the number of loans deals now made.

Mauricio Pochettino has told the press that young players can be developed better at Tottenham and can learn the way Tottenham want them to play best by staying and being coached at Hotspur Way.

That stems from a belief that his coaching is better for these youngsters than others, which it is. Tottenham players have to have immense fitness levels. They get worked hard and a player has to become used to that when they sign. Several players we have signed have had to get 'Tottenham fit' so retaining youngsters at the club means they grow up with our fitness levels.

They also learn a system inside out, they learn feet positioning they learn that a foot or a change of angle can cut off a passing lane and learn the roles of their teammates. Passing and movement of key to our game, the more you can drill into a player how to see what opportunities there are on a football pitch the better.

Our play is like moving a whole series of cogs. It isn't good enough to see one cog, one pass, you have to know the whole series so you can instigate a passing sequence, take part in a passing sequence or anticipate a passing sequence is going to take place.

harry Winks and Josh Onomah have never been loaned out by Pochettino, hey have been retained at the club and we can see that Harry Winks is getting regular game time and is trusted by Pochettino because of the work he has been able to put in with him on the training field. The academy staff love the Argentinian because he works with and gives youth a chance.

He is what a youth coach dreams of and we fans are glad we have him.


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Our 18yo U-23's crushed

10:30 am

It was a bad night for our young Under-23 side who crashed to a 2-6 defeat at home to Liverpool. 17-year-old Marcus Edwards scored again to take his tally to three in 5 games for the side and Ryan Loft bagged the other when we were 6-1 down.

Something went disastrously wrong as we were 3-0 down after 8 minutes and effectively out of the game. We lost the rest of the game 3-2.

You can read a comprehensive report of the match on the official website.

Spurs XI 
Tom Glover (18 - 19 in December)
Kyle Walker-Peters (19 - 20 next April)
Joe Muscatt (18 - 19 in December)
Charlie Owens (18 - 19 in December) (Sub - Eyoma 46)
Christian Maghoma (18 - 19 in November)
Anton Walkes (c) (19 - 20 next February)
Shilow Tracey (18 - 19 next April) (Sub - Hinds 84)
Zenon Stylianides (18 - 19 next January)
Ryan Loft (19 - 20 next September)
Marcus Edwards (17 - 18 in December)
Joe Pritchard (20 - 21 next September) (Sub - Oakley-Boothe 46)

Substitutes (not used): Tom McDermott (GK) (18 - 19 next January)

Liverpool: Grabara, Alexander-Arnold, Maguire (Garcia 87), Ilori, Whelan, Stewart, Wilson (c), Virtue (Phillips 59), Gomes (Lennon 72), Brannagan, Woodburn. Substitutes (not used): Brewitt, Firth (GK).

Goals: Spurs - Edwards 57, Loft 90+6 (pen); Liverpool - Wilson 3, Woodburn 6, Brannagan 8, 79, Alexander-Arnold 33, Lennon 84.

Yellow cards: Spurs - Maghoma 45+4, Oakley-Boothe 47, Loft 70; Liverpool - Wilson 17, Alexander-Arnold 40, Brannagan 88, Ilori 90+3.

Referee: Carl Brook.

Attendance: 1,016.

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Video: Samuel Shashoua in match action

7:00 pm


In the last article we looked at England Under-17 youth international Samuel Shashoua showing some close control ball skills for the camera so next up is a look at the 17-year-old (18 next May) Tottenham attacking midfield starlet in action.

It's a brief video but he seems to glide past players with ease and is composed when finishing. Obviously, he has a way to go yet and will play football where there are more tackles,rather than simply letting him run and do when he wants.

The skill is there, it is now a question of how he develops and whether he hits a barrier or gets distracted. So many things can go wrong in the development of a player or wrong decisions can be made by the player, as appears to be the case with Tom Carroll.

I'm convinced he should have agreed to a loan move to Ajax when Christian Eriksen joined us and perhaps his game would have developed more than it has. He has struck a plateau. His skill suggests he should be a better player than he is.

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Watch Marcus Edwards take on Liverpool tonight

5:35 pm

Tottenham Hotspur U23 vs Liverpool U23

The English premier League 2 fixture between Tottenham Hotspur Under-21's and Liverpool Under-23's takes place at 7pm this evening and there are streams available on the Internet for anyone who wants to watch the game.

Tottenham start marginal favourites at the bookies with both sides having won two and lost two in the league. Young starlet Marcus Edwards has been playing in the tournament and you can catch his exploits while there is no Monday Night Football online.

A Google search and I'm sure you'll find something.

Last matches: TOTTENHAM U23
09.09.16PL2Chelsea U23Tottenham U233 : 1
26.08.16PL2Derby U23Tottenham U231 : 2
22.08.16PL2Reading U23Tottenham U231 : 4
15.08.16PL2Tottenham U23Everton U230 : 2
Last matches: LIVERPOOL U23
11.09.16PL2Liverpool U23Leicester U234 : 0
26.08.16PL2Arsenal U23Liverpool U231 : 3
22.08.16PL2Chelsea U23Liverpool U234 : 1
14.08.16PL2Liverpool U23Southampton U231 : 4

Premier League 2 table
1Manchester City U23531111:810
2Sunderland U23531110:710
3Everton U2343018:29
4Southampton U2343019:59
5Chelsea U2342209:48
6Liverpool U2342029:96
7Tottenham U2342027:76
8Reading U2342027:96
9Manchester United U2341213:45
10Arsenal U2341034:73
11Derby U2340044:100
12Leicester U2340043:120

Spots 11 and 12 are the relegation spots. Four players have scored 4 goals and then 19-year-old (20 next May) Shayon Harrison has 3 goals for us as our top scorer, 17-year-old (18 in December) Marcus Edwards has 2 goals.

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