Tottenham’s Under-21s have been drawn in Group H of the Papa John’s Trophy and will face off against Oxford United, Cambridge United and Stevenage.
Spurs return to the competition after declining to take part last year. However, in the three preceeding seasons they only managed to win one game (out of nine) within 90 minutes and made it out of the group stage just once. However, that run in 2018/19 ended in Round 2, with Spurs suffering a 3-0 loss against this year’s opponents Oxford United – Japhet Tanganga captained the side that evening.
However, despite the disappointing results, the EFL Trophy will once again offer Spurs’ young players a taste of senior football. It is also worth noting that no Premier League or Championship academy side has won the competition since their introduction in 2016/17.