Thursday, February 25News For London

How Tottenham’s Youth Team is shaping the next generation of footballers

Rahman interviewing Tottenham’s U-17 head coach

England put up an incredible degree of patience, courage, and crucially a burning desire to beat Spain 5-2 in the final of the U-17 championship in India.

The triumph is a quick follow up to the FIFA U-20 World Cup triumph, making it the first time ever in the history of English Football that they have won both the U-17 and the U-20 World Cups in the same year.

At the heart of both success stories has been Tottenham Hotspurs, whose famed youth system is finally getting the praise and plaudits after producing multiple talents over the years.

“We are happy that most of our players are beginning to show what we have been teaching them all along and I am very certain that we have a bright future,” Tottenham’s U-17 coach William Antwi told WestminsterWorld

“We have some of the best facilities to train youngsters here and you can attest to the fact that the likes of Harry Kane and Kyle Walker-Peters are good examples of how far we have now.”

Tottenham’s youngster training at their Enfield training grounds/ picture by Rahman Osman

The likes of Josh Onumah who is on-loan now at Aston Villa and Harry Winks who has graduated into the first team were all given the chance to play at Spurs’ Enfield training ground in London.

The U-17 team’s success was molded around the tireless efforts of two of Spurs’ players. Tashan Oakley-Boothe was one of only three players to have played every minute of the tournament in India and his all-out energy display against Brazil in the semi-final really set England on its way to final.

Young left-back Timothy Eyoma also caught the eye in India and was part of the Tottenham first team that had pre-season in the United States. First team head coach Maurico Pochettino thinks highly of him and he has made the reserves games this season.

The meticulous nature of training sessions combined with World class facilities have made Tottenham an attractive place for parents to enroll their kids who have ambitions of playing football.

The entrance to Tottenham’s training ground at Enfield/ picture by Rahman Baba Osman

Their overall success as a club is beginning to rip fruits not for only Londoners who see their kids achieve their dreams of playing football but for England at large.

England has a fair chance of ending the 60-year-old wait for the World Cup title and if that is to happen they will have to count on another Spurs man, Harry Kane, who is a proud product of the Tottenham Youth system.