Academy Watch

Where are they now? – Class of 2014/15

At the weekend Dane Scarlett, Alfie Devine and Roshaun Mathurin helped Spurs’ Under 18s to a 6-1 victory over Chelsea. There are high hopes for this generation of talent now coming through.

Half a decade ago there were some promising prospects coming through too, including one who was drawing comparisons to Lionel Messi. We take a look at where they all are now:

Goalkeeper

Tom Glover

Australian born Glover, like many Academy keepers that come through the ranks at Spurs, impressed for both the Under 18s and 21s and was subsequently rewarded by appearances in the first team’s match day squads.

A mainstay at youth level for Tottenham, Glover showed all the signs of being able to make the step up to the staring XI, however, this promise did not come to fruition. Glover was loaned out to Australian outfit Central Coast Mariners in 2017, Swedish side Helsingborg in 2019, and finally signed permanently for Melbourne City, where he is currently their number one. He is an Australian youth international, but has yet to make his debut for the senior side.


Defenders

Kyle Walker-Peters

Kyle Walker-Peters signed for Tottenham in 2013, and was one of the academy’s most consistent performers as a pacy and dependable right back. His performances at all academy levels warranted a call up to the senior squad for the tour of Malaysia and Australia in 2015, where he made his first team debut.

Irregular first team appearances were hindered by Serge Aurier and Kieran Tripper being above him in Pochettino’s pecking order, but Walker-Peters still impressed when called upon, and was rewarded with a new and improved five-year contract in 2018.

In a bid for regular first team football, the right back was loaned out to Southampton in January 2020. After impressing on the south coast, KWP signed permanently in the summer of 2020, and continues to shine as the Saints’ first choice right back.

He has appeared for England youth sides up to the Under 21s, and was a starter as England won the Under 20 World Cup in 2017.

Cameron Carter-Vickers

Southend born, American international Cameron Carter-Vickers signed for the club at the age of 11, and made his first team debut in 2016 in the International Champions Cup.

However, the centre back has struggled to find regular first team at the club, and has spent much of his time time out on loan , with six different clubs since 2016.

CCV is currently playing in the Championship, on loan, for promotion candidates Bournemouth. At 23 years old, many believe that this will be Carter-Vickers’ final loan spell, and his decent performances for the Cherries may encourage them to move for him permanently. He has made eight appearances for the USA since his debut in 2017.

Christian Maghoma

Carter-Vickers’ defensive partner, Chris Maghoma, didn’t enjoy the same lengthy spell at Spurs that CCV has, and struggled to make a name for himself at Tottenham.

He signed for the club in 2014, and was loaned out to Yeovil Town the following year in an attempt to gain some first team experience. Unfortunately, Maghoma didn’t make an appearance during the spell and he moved to Polish side Arka Gdynia in 2018. The 23 year old now plays for Gillingham and has made 11 appearances so for this season.

Maghoma appeared for England’s Under 16s, but made his senior international debut for DR Congo in 2017, his first and last cap to date.

Anton Walkes

Lewisham-born Anton Walkes joined the club in 2013, and was a very solid prospect at academy level, but struggled to make the breakthrough to the first team, making only one appearance in the League Cup in 2016.

The full back captained the under 18s at UEFA Youth League level before signing for MLS side Atlanta United on loan in 2017, and then Portsmouth the following season. Walkes was sold to Portsmouth permanently in 2018, but has subsequently returned to Atlanta.


Midfielders

Luke Amos

A talented and versatile midfielder, Luke Amos impressed at academy level consistently and earned loan spells at Southend, Stevenage and QPR respectively.

Amos made his debut for Spurs on the opening day of the 2018/19 season and was on the brink of becomnig a first team regular, but he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, keeping him out of action for the rest of the year.

His loan move to QPR established him as as one of the standout performers in the Championship, appearing 35 times for the West London side in 2019/20. That summer, the midfielder made a permanent switch, but devastatingly for QPR and Amos, he suffered a repeat injury which is likely to keep him out for the rest of the season. A huge talent and hopefully he can pick up where he left off.

Zenon Stylianides

Luke Amos’ regular partner in the centre of the Spurs Under 18s midfield was Zenon Stylianides. Like a number of academy players in this intake, Stylianides wasn’t able to make enough of an impact at youth level to push for the first team. The midfielder was released by Tottenham in 2017, and now plays for East Thurrock in the Isthmian league.

Marcus Edwards

Undoubtedly the most naturally gifted player of this generation, Marcus Edwards signed for the club at the age of eight and was one of the brightest sparks at every age group up to the 23s.

Unfortunately for the talented winger, he was only able to make one competitive appearance for the Lilywhites under Pochettino, despite the current PSG manager describing Edwards as ‘similar to Messi’.

Loan spells to Norwich City and Dutch side Excelsior followed before a permanent move to Vitoria de Guimaraes. There Edwards has rebuilt his career, shining in the Portuguese ‘Liga Nos’ by scoring 10 goals and laying on 12 assists in 48 appearances.

Despite speculation linking him away from the club, Edwards has recently signed a new contract with a €50,000,000 release clause.

Josh Onomah

Another highly tipped player in 2014/15, Josh Onomah made his competitive debut for Spurs the following season by Mauricio Pochettino and went on to make a further 12 appearances for the first team.

Loan spells at Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday ensured regular senior football, earning him a permanent move to Fulham in 2019 as part of the deal that bought Fulham wonderkid, Ryan Sessegnon to Tottenham. Onomah has made 34 appearances for Fulham since his move, and was an integral player in Fulham’s play off win last season, netting in their play-off semi final win against Swansea.

He has appeared for every England youth side up to the Under 21s, and was a starter as England won the Under 20 World Cup in 2017.

Anthony Georgiou

Anthony Georgiou signed for Tottenham in 2013 from Watford as a 16 year old, and was a regular starter at academy level as he worked his way through the ranks.

Georgiou was placed in a similar position as Cameron Carter-Vickers by Mauricio Pochettino, as he featured heavily in pre-season friendly competitions, but wasn’t able to nail down a spot for first team. The Cypriot international spent time on loan at Ipswich and Bolton respectively, before moving to Cypriot side AEL Limassol on a free. He has made eight international appearances for Cyprus since since debut in 2018.


Striker

Shayon Harrison

Another player who struggled to make the transition from the youth team to the first team, Shayon Harrison made one appearance for Spurs in the EFL Cup in 2016, before spending three seasons out on loan. However, he only managed to find the net on five occasions during this period, before signing permanently for second division Dutch side, Almere City in 2019.

Harrison now plays in League one with AFC Wimbledon, but has made a single, nine minute substitute appearance for the Dons.

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