View: Jamie Donley possesses magic touch Tottenham need after wonder goal
Tottenham Hotspur lacked a spark to create a goal from nothing prior to the World Cup break but one teenager could give them just that.
While the senior team are resting during the World Cup in Qatar, the club’s Under-18s side are hard at work in their own Premier League competition and beat Norwich City’s youngsters comfortably on Tuesday (29 November).
After being 2-0 to the good at half-time, 17-year-old sensation Jamie Donley decided to add some flair to proceedings with a simply sublime long-distance lob over the Canaries’ goalkeeper to end the scoring at 3-0.
Spurs’ official Twitter account labelled the strike ‘special’ accompanying a clip of the goal which sees Tottenham’s teenagers move up to second in the division behind the unbeaten West Ham United.
The long-range wonder goal was Donley’s fourth in as many games for the Under-18s this season after scoring 16 in 18 last term and tries to blend Under-21s and Under-18s matches together.
At 17 years of age, it may well be too soon for him to play every single week for Antonio Conte’s senior side but he has to be included in some training sessions at the very least to learn off the best while he can.
An FA Cup tie with League One Portsmouth could also offer the Italian an ideal chance to get Donley and some of his fellow academy stars into the senior spotlight and perhaps earn a spot in his long-term plans.
Tottenham may prefer him to go out on loan soon to test himself at the senior level but when their first team is so devoid of attacking ideas what harm can a fearless teenager do?
Conte has to find some way of returning to their best form and there are worse players he could select than the England Under-18 international.