Academy Watch Club News Comment

Nile John scoops Scholar of the Year award

Nile John has been named as Spurs’ Scholar of the Year.

The 18-year-old midfielder has made huge strides this season, with John’s senior debut coming on as a substitute in the 4-0 win over Wolfsberger in the Europa League. He was also an unused substitute in the last game of the season against Leicester City.

While John started the season with the Under-18s, he was turning out regularly for the Under-23s by January. In all, he made 16 appearances for the Under-18s, including in the FA Youth Cup, in addition to his 10 games in the Premier League 2.

Alongside fellow Hotspur Way prospects Alfie Devine and Dane Scarlett, John was recently named in England’s Under-19 squad. He has now been called up to Young Lions squads at every level from Under-15s through to the Under-19s.

John joined Tottenham Hotspur at the age of seven and looks set to have a very promising future. He is skilful with the ball, quick and has a huge work rate. Despite standing a just 5ft 8 in, he doesn’t shy away from a challenge and is deceptively strong. If he can add more goals to his game, he will be pressing his claims for a regular spot with the first team in the not too distant future.

A full season with the Under-23s may await, but given how quickly John is developing, the club may feel he is ready for first team football and find him a loan move. Either way, we look forward to seeing more of Nile John’s obivous talent over the coming months.

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