Tottenham transfer chief: These two academy aces stood out for youth team
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham academy chief John McDermott has revealed Moroyin Omolabi and Phoenix Patterson stood out for the club’s Under-18s in their defeat to Aston Villa on Sunday.
A Spurs side featuring a number of Under-16s lost 2-1 in the Under-18s Premier League at Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training base on Sunday.
Tottenham went a goal ahead through a strike from winger Patterson but Carlito Williams scored twice for the hosts to secure the win.
McDermott, who is head of player development and is in charge of recruitment at all levels below the first team, explained Spurs did not field their strongest team at that level as they are involved in an FA Youth Cup quarter-final at Newcastle on Monday.
But McDermott was particularly impressed with the displays of centre-back Omolabi and wide forward Patterson, who are scholars at the successful Spurs academy.
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“Obviously we had some Under-16s players in the team today because of the fixture congestion but I’m certainly not despondent after that second half and I’m quite looking forward to working with the boys when they come in full-time,” said McDermott to the official Spurs website.
“I was pleased Moroyin Omolabi, he stepped up to the plate and asserted himself and Phoenix Patterson, although frustrating with some of his finishing, created a number of opportunities.”
Spurs’ academy has produced a number of players for the first team in recent years, including poster boy Harry Kane, Danny Rose, Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll, Andros Townsend, Harry Winks and Josh Onomah.
Tottenham’s senior side ended a difficult week on a high when they bounced back from Europa League elimination with a 4-0 Premier League demolition of Stoke on Sunday.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.