Youth football expert waxes lyrical about 'frightening' Tottenham youth talent
We’re delighted to welcome the founder of Kinetic Academy Harry Hudson as our exclusive columnist. Each week the youth football expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on wonderkids across the UK…
Harry Kane is almost certainly the best player to emerge from the Tottenham Hotspur youth setup but more superstars could be on the way.
That is the opinion of Kinetic Academy founder Harry Hudson who has witnessed first-hand some of the training sessions and matches played by the young Spurs sides.
One of the players catching the eye most significantly at the moment is teenager Dane Scarlett, a striker like Kane, after he scored twice in England Under-19s 4-0 win against Serbia on Wednesday 22 June.
The 18-year-old made his Premier League, FA Cup and Europa Conference League debuts for Spurs during the 2021-22 campaign but only played eight games for the Under-23s in Premier League 2 due to injury problems.
He isn’t the only player who has impressed at Hotspur Way though and Hudson thinks the flair and creativity of youngsters from London has helped develop such exceptional talent.
“When I did my B license, the coaching was very much ‘stop and stand still, what could you do better,” Hudson told The Football Wonderkids.
“That’s not what these players want to do or enjoy. They want to have the freedom to express themselves, be creative and have flair.”
“We’ve gone to Tottenham in the past and some of the talent there is frightening,”
Spurs’ Under-23s side finished the 2021-22 Premier League 2 campaign in sixth with 37 points but were beaten by fellow London clubs Crystal Palace (fifth), Arsenal (third) and West Ham (second) as Manchester City went on to win the title.