By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Four Tottenham teenagers have been namechecked by Academy chief John McDermott following their stand-out displays in a global youth tournament.
Spurs’ development squad are in Holland this weekend taking on a host of different teams in the Terborg Tournament.
They drew 0-0 with Nacional de Colombia on Friday before losing 3-1 to Feyenoord on Saturday followed by a 1-1 draw with Brazilian outfit Atletico Mineiro.
The results have been secondary to the opportunity to the chance for a number of teenagers to show what they can do in a competitive environment against teams from around the world.
Striker Aramide Oteh scored against Feyenoord and Atletico Mineiro to claim both of Tottenham’s goals on Saturday, and the 17-year-old was one of the players who impressed the coaching staff.
Midfielder George Marsh, defender Christian Maghoma and diminutive playmaker Samuel Shashoua – all of them English teenagers – also received praise from McDermott, who has been a key figure in the rise of star Academy graduates Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Joshua Onomah and Andros Townsend.
McDermott, Spurs’ head of player development, told the club’s official website that he was “really pleased” with Oteh for his goal against Atletico Mineiro, and explained why three other players had impressed him.
“One of the positives from the day was George Marsh – he was excellent against Feyenoord and I thought he really stood out,” said McDermott. “In the second game we were really pleased with Aramide who deserved his goal and I thought Christian Maghoma was excellent against Mineiro and picked up from where he left off last week in Amsterdam. Samuel Shashoua also showed little glimpses of quality in that game.”