Another new contract out of the youth ranks! Tottenham Hotspur announced this morning that promising young English-American goalkeeper Brandon Austin has put pen to paper to sign a new professional contract with the club through the end of next season.
Austin, 18, is one of two keepers in Spurs’ youth ranks that have shown a great deal of promise, alongside 19-year old Alfie Whiteman. While Whiteman actually got a call up to Spurs’ bench in their last match against Crystal Palace as the break-glass-in-case-of-emergency keeper, he has split time with Austin as Spurs’ starting keeper in the U23s. In 11 total matches thus far in all competitions, Austin has two clean sheets.
Austin is uncapped at the international level, but he did get a call up to the USA U18s back in April.
Spurs haven’t had a goalkeeper come up through the academy and play for the first team since
Harry Kane Ian Walker. Austin is still a teenager, which is ludicrously young in keeper years, but both he and Whiteman are showing a lot of promise. This contract strikes me as both a confirmation that there’s something special about the kid, as well as a hedge so that if he doesn’t develop in the way they hope they’ll be able to flip him for a bigger profit down the road.
Either way, it’s good for Austin. And who knows, just maybe we might see him starting between the sticks for Spurs in the 2024 Champions League final.