His wikipedia only lists Stowe Boys Club and Sudbury Court before he joined Watford at 17. Perhaps we had him on trial but no more than that.I've also seen John Barnes listed as a former Spur but never seen any proof of that.
I think you've made some pretty big jumps there.Agree. I don't really get this conversation as you well know. A young player leaves, then as a defence mechanism we start doing the roll call of players who became world class after they left. What for?
This notion of a player having to become world class to eat our words, and prove to have ever been a viable option for us is stupid. Tanganga may not become world class and he has already made a great impression on the team, Winks will likely never be world class but if he left before he got a chance with us we would have lost his contribution. Chelsea have 6/7 academy players in their current squad, only 1 or 2 may become World Class but it's clear they've all played an important role in their season today and will likely to in the future. Had they not been given a chance more time would've been invested in overage players, instead as a total they're all probably valued around 200m. If they hadn't played possibly a combined 20m. That's a big loss to a club.
Veljkovic alone has played 3 consistent seasons at CB in the Bundesliga, he's another that could easily have played for us. But we're content on buying Sanchez and Foyth when we could've potentially just saved money with him.
If only we held every player to the standard we hold academy players to. They never become world class so they're no great loss or have no real value to us, the majority of our signings never become world class, but we still recognise their importance.
redknapp was never with us as a kid.Kerry Dixon, Graeme Sounness, Jamie Redknapp, Peter Crouch.....any blatantly obvious ones who had genuine time at the club that opted out and enjoyed fruitful careers at big clubs? Interesting subject whoever raised this one
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie_Redknappredknapp was never with us as a kid
Redknapp was born in Barton on Sea, Hampshire and started his career at Tottenham Hotspur as a youth player but turned down their offer of a contract, deciding to play for Bournemouth under his father, manager Harry Redknapp. He went on to play for Liverpool where Redknapp would be remembered for his best performances. After that Redknapp returned and played two and a half seasons for Tottenham Hotspur then finally joined Southampton, where he played under his father for a second time. Redknapp was also capped 17 times by England, scoring one goal.
I think it may have been Walker that was released after he refused to get a haircut.I'd never heard of this until now.
Yet the Official Site has a couple of archived pages on where ex-players were plying their trade once they'd left Tottenham. And, if you look under 'W', you'll see that Des Walker is down as a former youth player...
https://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news-archive-1/life-after-the-lane-1/Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).www.tottenhamhotspur.com
Which means he probably grew up imagining scoring the winning goal in a FA Cup Final for Tottenham...
As I said he's been there for 3 years playing consistently, and they're having a bad season, this season. Foyth hasn't covered himself in glory when he's had chances and Sanchez hasn't exactly looked world class, though I like him. People already think Tangnaga appears better than him, so to think Veljkovic couldn't have performed at similar levels as those two, were he to be given a chance, in a better team isn't exactly a jump.I think you've made some pretty big jumps there.
Sanchez and Foyth look like much better players than Veljkovic. I don't think playing for a relegation favourite side makes you suddenly just as good as either of Sanchez or Foyth.
I completely forgot about him when I chose my best academy 11, but he'd be above Hinds but below KWPHas anyone mentioned Adam Smith?
Not a world beater, but quite a decent RB. I’d take him on the team right now to be honest.