Lilywhite Rose can exclusively reveal next year’s Academy intake in full. 15 players will be making the step up to the U18s, with a number of talented England youth internationals hoping to follow in the footsteps of Alfie Devine, Nile John and Dane Scarlett by making their first team debuts.
A midfielder, Abbott came on as substitute during Spurs’ Academy Showcase Match against MK Dons last month.
A left back, Andiyapan is a Welsh youth international and was recently called up by the U16s for games against England and Northern Ireland. He was formerly with Arsenal, but made the switch to Hotspur Way a number of years ago.
Spurs beat off interest from Chelsea and Liverpool to sign Arganese-McDermott from Luton. He is a natural centre-back, but can slot in elsewhere if required.
Bloxham is an England youth international who plays an attacking midfielder. He really made people sit up and take notice with this worldie earlier this year:
Bryan-Waugh is a centre-back and an England youth international. He is rapid too, winning the Essex Schools Junior Boys 200m in 2019.
You wait for years for Harry Kane’s potential successor then three come along at once. Troy Parrott and Dane Scarlett have been making waves, but Jamie Donley has the talent to match.
Prolific at U16 level, the England youth international made the step up to the U18s in Scarlett’s place, scoring on his debut aged just 15. He finished 2020/21 with 5 goals in 13 games and will lead the line next season. He features in our ‘Dream Team – 2030/31‘.
A commanding centre back, Alfie Dorrington has a very bright future ahead of him. Dorrington is an England youth international (and former England U15s captain) and was recently called up to the England U17s training camp.
He has already played for Spurs’ U18s on three occassions, making his debut on his 16th birthday against West Ham. As exclusively revealed by Lilywhite Rose, the Edmonton-born Spurs fan signed a three year scholarship last year.
Despite there being a host of promising young goalkeepers at Hotspur Way, it is thought that Luca Gunter might be the pick of the lot. The England youth international is very highly thought of and signed a three year scholarship with Spurs last season aged just 15.
Another England youth international in this year’s intake. A midfielder, Heaps moved to Hotspur Way from Stevenage in 2019.
Kyerematen made his debut for the U18s in April despite being just 15 years old. The promising midfielder has also been called up by England at youth level.
Despite previously starting out as a forward, Linton has recently been switched to left-back and is expected he will challenge William Andiyapan for a starting spot next season.
McKnight is predominantly a right-back – he is physically strong and unafraid to get forward and see alot of the ball. Here is his personal highlights reel from a match against Saturn in 2019:
A diminutive central midfielder who is technically good, distributing the ball calmly and dictating the tempo of the game. A personal highlight reel from the 2019 game against Saturn here:
Owen is part of a clutch of talented midfielders who will be making the step up to the U18s. He was a starter in Spurs’ Academy Showcase Match against MK Dons last month.
A speedy winger, Williams faces less competition for places than others in this intake and will be hopeful of decent game time next season to showcase his talents.
Other Spurs U16s Hakeem Sandah and Shannon Brown have joined Huddersfield and QPR, respectively, while Jediah Bombo has been released. We wish them all the best in their future careers.