Tottenham youngster honoured to play against former Celtic striker

Gary Hooper

Tottenham Hotspur prospect Christian Maghoma was glad to test himself against Norwich's Gary Hooper.

Tottenham Hotspur prospect Christian Maghoma has admitted was delighted to test himself in a tough fixture against Norwich.

Maghoma, 16, was called into the under-21 side for the clash at Carrow Road, playing in front of a crowd of 10,000.

It was a game described as the 'biggest of his career', and ended in a 3-1 win for the Canaries.

Maghoma, a centre-back, went up against experienced striker Gary Hooper, with the former Celtic star worked his way back to match fitness.  

He told Tottenham's website: “Playing against a striker who has played Champions League football and scored all those goals for a club like Celtic can only improve you.”

"I thought it was a great experience, one I want to learn from but slightly ruined by how we lost and that I felt I could have done better with some of the goals we conceded."

Hooper, 26, has only played one game this season, in the League Cup, and is coming off the back of a disappointing season in the Premier League with Norwich, with saw him score only six goals in 32 appearances and the team relegated.

He did not find the net against Tottenham's under-21 side, and faces a tough challenge to fight his way back into a strongly performing Norwich first team which boasts joint second Championship top scorer Lewis Grabban.

For Maghoma to even be selected in such a fixture shows how highly Spurs think of him at just 16, and his progress will be one to watch especially if he can learn from the lessons.

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