Tottenham’s youngsters have a chance to shine

Brian Jeeves

Ipswich Town v Tottenham Hotspur Under 23’s – Trophy – Portman Road – Tuesday 7:45pm – Preview

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR’S under 23 team gets their Trophy campaign underway with a tough trip to Sky Bet League One leaders, Ipswich Town this evening.

Spurs, who also take on Colchester United and Gillingham in this season’s competition, head to Portman Road, facing an Ipswich side unbeaten after six League matches and already eying up an immediate return to the Championship following relegation at the end of last season. 

Defender, TJ Eyoma, was under no illusion as to the size of the task ahead of Tottenham’s youngsters: “Ipswich are a very good team. They’re top of the league and unbeaten, so I think this will be a very tough test for us,” he told

“First and foremost, we have to compete in the match, but it will be a beneficial game for us as we’ll be up against their first team.

“This is a massive opportunity for us as players to show what we’re about and to have the chance to play against the first team of a club like Ipswich at this stage of our development will help us in our careers, so I think it will be an interesting game.”

Tottenham’s under 23 side compete in Premier League 2 and currently occupy third place having recorded impressive victories over their Liverpool and Manchester City counterparts: “The team we have this year is very close. We’re good friends, not just in football, but outside as well,” Eyoma added.

“We’ve started the season quite well compared to previous seasons. I think we just need to keep going with that form and hopefully, we can continue to improve and develop this season.”

Ipswich Town v Tottenham Hotspur – Head to head:

Ipswich Town won: 21

Drawn: 8

Tottenham Hotspur won: 23

Ipswich Town v Tottenham Hotspur – Last five meeting (all competitions):

March 8, 1995 – Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Ipswich Town

August 19, 2000 – Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Ipswich Town

December 30, 2000 – Premier League

Ipswich Town 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur

December 22, 2001 – Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Ipswich Town

January 12, 2002 – Premier League

Ipswich Town 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Jeevesie’s prediction: Ipswich Town 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur U23


Brian Jeeves