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Under-19 Files - part 4

Posted on 24 May 2002  - 12:00

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).

Pat Holland heads for the sharp end in his 'end of term' assessments on players that featured in his under-19 Academy side last season, concluding with the strikers.

LEE BARNARD
One hundred per cent, Lee - great attitude, always wants to learn and chat about his game. He needs to compose himself a little bit if I was to be critical.

He picked up far too many bookings. He has got a competitive edge to him and he's not a nasty boy. He just needs to slow himself down a little bit, think about his game a little bit more and work on his finishing - because that's what he's going to be judged on.

Lee gets into good areas and he never gives a moments rest. Again, I'm looking forward to seeing him in the reserves next season.

He gets his head up a little bit, he just needs to improve his touch a little bit. It isn't always easy, sometimes you're blessed with a good touch, so on that side he needs to develop a little bit.

So he's a boy that's willing to do and work hard and is an interesting one for me next year.

JOHN SUTTON
One of the biggest problems with John at this stage again, and he is developing, is mobility. He is a big lad, Johnnie, 6ft 3" and quite a heavy set boy.

Two or three of them I've set up on a skipping sort of schedule and in fairness to the boy, he went in with Chic (Physio Wilkinson) and worked very hard in the weights room at it to get on his toes more.

He had some good games in the latter part of the season, he did very well in the first leg of the Youth Cup semi against Everton.

So there are signs there that if he keeps working on his game and thinking about his game. It'll be interesting for him in the reserves because, although they can still play for me, we'd much rather they do well in there and stay there.

JAMIE SLABBER
I think Jamie has got a good chance. He's got great flexibility, he's got balance - all the top players have natural balance - left and right foot, good spring.

If you look at the boy Rooney at Everton, one of his gifts is his pure aggression allied to talent. It is hard to criticise a lad for not having aggression, but Jamie needs to put himself around and impose himself more on his centre half.

Not neccessarily knocking him about, but being a bit stronger mentally, for me.

I've got great hopes for Jamie next year.