It has been a long winter for First Year Academy Scholar Claude Seanla, as a thigh injury has sidelined the 16-year-old striker since December.
However, while some of his team mates may have been slightly reluctant to get out in the cold and snowy conditions at Spurs Lodge this week, Claude couldn’t wait to return to the training field at long last.
“I trained for the first time on Wednesday,” he reports. “I was so pleased to be back out there. I still need to work on my match fitness, but it all seems to be fine and back to normal.”
Claude reveals: “My injury problem started before Christmas, when I got a knock on my thigh. I was kicked on my left leg and it was like a dead leg.
“I thought it would be OK within a week, I didn’t tell the physio and played again. But that caused more problems, because I couldn’t bend my leg and it kept me out for two months in the end.”
That set back has limited Claude’s appearances for the Under-18s this term to just six starts and seven substitute appearances, with two goals to his credit. Last term, still as a Schoolboy, he was our second highest top-scorer for the Under-17s with seven goals in seven starts and 11 outings as a substitute.
Claude represented Islington district team at Schoolboy level, as well as London Schools, before making an impression during a six week trial at White Hart Lane at the age of 14.
“When I came here for the first time, I found it a little difficult to settle,” Claude admits. “But all the players were great to me, which made things easier and helped my confidence.
“This season, being here full time now, obviously gives you more opportunity to focus on your football. Last year, playing matches as a Schoolboy, I still had to return to school but now I can concentrate on my football, focus on my game, work to improve and get better.
“I was struggling last year, but things are progressing now,” he says. “I have been working hard on my game and I think things have improved so much for me.
“I am pleased with what I have achieved this season and, if I can carry on improving, maybe I will get a chance in the Reserves before the end of the season.”