Tottenham coach: These two academy stars are ready to make an impression next season
By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Two Tottenham teenagers have been praised by Academy chief John McDermott following their stand-out displays in a global youth tournament.
Striker Aramide Oteh and defender Christian Maghoma were praised by McDermott as Spurs’ development squad played a host of different teams in the three-day Terborg Tournament in Holland over the weekend.
They drew 0-0 with Nacional de Colombia on Friday, lost 3-1 to Feyenoord and drew 1-1 draw with Brazilian outfit Atletico Mineiro on Saturday before ending with a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday.
The results were 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 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.
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Centre-back Maghoma, 18, also received praise from McDermott, who has been a key figure in the rise of star White Hart Lane Academy graduates Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll, Joshua Onomah and Andros Townsend.
McDermott, Spurs’ head of player development, told the club’s official website: “It’s been a very good experience for the boys over the last few days at a very tough tournament and I’m pleased that Christian Maghoma has continued his good form from the NextGen Series in Amsterdam last week.
“Similarly, Aramide Oteh has hopefully given himself something to build on when we come back in July by having a good end to the season.”