Tottenham Hotspur’s U17 squad won the UEFA Youth Cup this past weekend in Germany, defeating Galatasaray 1-0 in the final, thanks to a converted penalty kick from midfielder Harvey White.
Spurs have a full write-up on the tournament win on their website, singling out not only match-winner White, but also J’Neil Bennett, who was named Player of the Tournament, winger Rayan Clarke, defender Luis Binks, and keeper Josh Oluwayemi.
Spurs coach Matt Wells led the group that he inherited after Scott Parker returned to Fulham to their first tournament title under his tutelage. He said this about his clubs’ performance:
“In general, this win has been a culmination of the individuals improving their skills and habits. They’re a willing group who’ve made a positive start to the season but it is only the start – the boys are desperate to continue that level of improvement and coming out to Germany and winning such a high-quality tournament should give them extra belief and confidence as we move into a period now where the cup games start to come in, the UEFA Youth League starts to come in and soon enough we’ll be competing in four different competitions.”
If you’re asking me if I know anything about the Euro Youth Cup, or even if I knew that Spurs U17s were participating in this tournament, I’d say nope. I do, however, know that winning things is good, and Spurs’ youth teams have done quite well in that regard lately. It also helps familiarize fans with a few of the promising youngsters in the academy, some of which might even be playing for Spurs’ first team in a few years.