By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham coach Ugo Ehiogu singled out youthful duo Shilow Tracey and Anthony Georgiou for their performances in the club’s Premier League 2 defeat to Manchester City on Friday night.
Attacking midfield duo Tracey, 18, and Georgiou, 19, shone for the Spurs development side even though they lost 2-1 against their big-name rivals at White Hart Lane.
The pair both played the full 90 minutes of the clash at White Hart Lane in Premier League 2, which is a development competition for leading players aged 23 and under.
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Spurs coach Ehigou praised the emerging stars in the immediate aftermath of the match.
““Shilow Tracey and Anthony Georgiou had their opposite numbers on toast – Shilow looked a threat, was aggressive and clean in his passing,” Ehiogu said, as quoted by the official Tottenham website.
“Anthony was aggressive, athletic and relentless and that’s from his first 90 minutes in nearly four months. He was terrific.”
The victory for City allowed them to gain a modicum of revenge for their senior side’s 2-0 defeat to Spurs earlier this month.
Tottenham dominated for much of the match but had only a consolation penalty from substitute Shayon Harrison to show for their efforts.
Marcus Edwards, who also played the full 90 minutes of the encounter, was unable to add to the three goals and two assists he has accumulated in Premier League 2 this season.
Edwards, who made his senior debut in Tottenham’s 5-0 League Cup hammering of third tier Gillingham last month, has a burgeoning reputation.
He has impressed in Spurs’ youth set-up in recent years as well as dazzling during pre-season for the senior team.
The left-footed playmaker was hailed as a future great in the build-up to the League Cup win by manager Mauricio Pochettino, who compared his style of play to Lionel Messi.
In other Tottenham team news, this is the expected starting XI against West Brom on Saturday.