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Recent debutants Oakley-Boothe and Georgiou reveal role model

Posted on 6 October 2017  - 17:26

Two players from contrasting age categories recently emerged from our Academy to make their first team debuts – yet both quoted the same name when asked who they look up to in the senior set-up.

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Midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe was introduced as a late substitute in our 1-0 home win over Barnsley in the third round of the Carabao Cup on September 19, with winger Anthony Georgiou following suit at APOEL in our 3-0 Champions League triumph in Cyprus a week later.

Still only 17 years of age, Tashan is in his second year as a full-time player and is eligible for our Under-18s side until the end of the current campaign, whereas Anthony, at 20, is now into his third season with our Development Squad in the Under-21 age group.

Both earned their chances after impressing on our summer tour of the USA while continuing to graft on the training pitches and spoke with grateful thanks to Mauricio Pochettino for their opportunities after their respective debuts.

But although there's three years between them, Tashan and Anthony both highlighted the influence home-grown striker Harry Kane has had on them since they've been working at senior level.

Directly asked who he's learned the most from thus far, Tashan replied: "Harry Kane. He’s quite a role a model for me with everything he does on and off the pitch.

"The way he conducts himself, the way he does his own individual stuff, he’s a credit to the club and he’s great to be around.”

Anthony concurred seven days later when reflecting on his dream debut in Cyprus, in front of several of his relatives at Nicosia's GSP Stadium.

"Harry Kane is an unbelievable player," said the winger, shortly after Harry's latest hat-trick saw off APOEL. "His finishing is incredible and you know as soon as he gets a chance he’s going to score.

“To see someone come from the Academy and become a world-class striker is unbelievable and something that everyone looks up to and aspires to. To see someone come from where we’ve come from and for him to be doing what he’s doing is incredible."