When First Year scholar Stuart Lewis took to the pitch at Watford on Saturday he was certainly focused on that FA Premier Academy League encounter. However, the 17-year-old midfielder no doubt had a keen interest in proceedings at White Hart Lane.
Following in the footsteps of his Grandad and Dad, Stuart is a self-confessed Spurs fan and season ticket holder since the age of seven. Yet, the Hertfordshire-born youngster spent five years on the other side of North London with neighbours Arsenal.
“I joined Arsenal Under-10s and was at Highbury until leaving at Under-15 level,” reveals Stuart. “When Tottenham came in for me it was like a dream come true really, especially when my family comes to watch because they are real Tottenham fans.”
Says Stuart: “They gave me good coaching at Arsenal, but when Spurs showed an interest in me I felt I would get more of a chance here. Hopefully I will be given the opportunities to fulfill my potential.”
Captain of the England Under-16s at the 10-day three-match Ballymena tournament, he also represented the Under-17s in last year’s Pepsi Tournament against Portugal and USA.
Stuart played a large majority of our Under-17 games last term, as well as an F.A. Youth Cup match, which certainly gave him an insight into life here at the Club, before joining our full-time Academy ranks this summer.
“It was all good experience last term,” confirms Stuart. “And those matches got me used to the procedures here, I knew what to expect, but it has still been great to be involved on a full-time basis.
“Your game definitely improves, playing and training everyday with the ball at your feet, I’m really enjoying it and things have gone very well for me so far this season.
“I have been on the bench at the start of the term, for the Reserves too, on three or four occasions,” he enthuses. “Although I didn’t get on, it was great experience being involved and around the more senior players.”
Stuart concludes: “I would love to have another England appearance before the end of the season, but at the moment I must concentrate on my Club football, keep doing well and hopefully push on with Spurs.”