By John Wenham

27th Sep, 2022 | 7:00am

Expert issues 'big' Tottenham youth star development after what he's just seen

The Tottenham Under-21 side should not be too disheartened after being dumped out of the Papa John’s Trophy.

That is according to Spurs insider John Wenham, who regularly breaks news about the club on his Lilywhite Rose social media channels.

A weakened Spurs Under-21 side lost 3-0 to Peterborough on 20 September, meaning the side cannot progress to the knockout phase despite having one group game still to play.

Wenham is not too disappointed as it was still a “big” night for the club’s young stars.

“We have been missing a lot of players because of internationals even though it is just the academy,” Wenham told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Alfie Dorrington, Jamie Donley and Luca Gunter are all with England. Maksim Paskotsi was called up for the senior Estonia side so we were missing a decent number of players.

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“For me, there is no shame in losing to a senior Peterborough side that only made three changes from their last league game.

“They were looking for a confidence-boosting win. We had three players making their first-ever Under-21s starts as well, big night for them.

“We also brought on academy first-year Ajayi so it was a really inexperienced side. Harvey White was the only player with an experience of senior men’s football apart from Malachai Walcott who got his one appearance for Dundee.

“The result was no surprise. I actually watched the game on SpursPlay and our goalkeeper, Adam Hayton, made a decent number of saves.

“Disappointing defeat but I’m not going to read too much into it. If anything, our players can take the experience from that and they now know what it could be like for them when they go out on loan and play in a proper stadium.

“It’s all about progress and I’m pleased with our participation in the tournament. We are now out of it though despite having one more game to play.”

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