Former Spurs forward will get a deal as others try to impress!

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In terms of what’s going on in the academy, I am pleased to say there is some brilliant news as second year scholar Ross Elsom is recovering from injury very well. He is currently on loan at Tilbury alongside goalkeeper Clarke Bogard and managed to play 15 minutes of Tilbury’s 4-0 at Witham after recovering from a leg injury. He’s a very talented player as he netted a hat-trick in under 20 minutes in November and hopefully when he returns to the club he can make an impact in the U21s.


Bogard has been doing very well at Tilbury too, pretty much all of their games. Sam Howes is also on loan at Wealdstone too and hopefully this is an opportunity for U16s Tyler Forde and Jake Leonard to step up to the U18s and get some game time as I still believe Rihards Matrevics has work permit issues and Bermudan goalkeeper Nathan Trott is still waiting on paperwork. Tim Brown, who has also been used as an overage goalkeeper is on loan at Chelmsford until only January 3rd so can play at Reading, but hopefully he can push into the U21s and allow Forde and Leonard some U16 game time.

It was also the FA Youth Cup on Friday night and as I live in the north of England I would’ve like to have gone to the game at Derby but sadly I wasn’t able to. Despite losing 3-1, we played very well as Derby scored two goals in extra time but it was a brilliant team performance from what I heard and all the players should be proud of themselves. Sadly, this is the third time in a row we have exited in the first round, and in 2012 we exited in the second round. Despite that we’ve been doing very well in the league and we return to action on January 7th against Reading.

I’ve spoken many times about scholarships and the club will likely make a decision after Christmas so sadly I cannot offer any more info on that at this time. One player definitely confirmed is Yiannis Constantinou, a striker we signed from Tottenham this summer yet to feature for the U18s but has been an U16 regular. Part of his deal was that he would sign a scholarship so he will be staying with us for at least two more seasons. Idris Kanu and Alfie Lewis should definitely get one following their impressive performances for the U18s, and the likes of Mason Barrett, Ben Wells, Malyk Hamilton and Abdoulahi Diallo have all impressed for the U18s too, plus Ben Johnson and Korrey Henry. In total there are 15 U16s plus Constantinou but seeing as this years intake was relatively small, only seven plus Reece Oxford and Dan Kemp, Terry Westley should likely take on a large number of the group.


Kai Barrett
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