Tottenham youth coach speaks ahead of Nottingham Forest FA Youth Cup clash

Kieran McKenna will lead his side out at the City Ground this evening.

Tottenham Hotspur's young players are in action this evening in the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals. The Young Spurs are up against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, in what is their first away fixture of the competition so far.

Their manager is Kieran McKenna, a former promising youngster at Spurs himself until a series of hip injuries curtailed his career.

Now a very young coach of this talented group of under-18s, he is hoping they will come to the fore against Forest this evening.

He told the official Tottenham Hotspur website: “It’s pleasing, in a way, to get a game away from home because it’s all part of the experience of playing cup football.

“The chance to play at Nottingham Forest’s main stadium – the City Ground – is something the boys are looking forward to, although I don’t expect the fact that the game is away from home to have a big bearing on our performance.

"... For us it will certainly be a big challenge.

“The beauty of the FA Youth Cup is that it’s a knockout competition and every game is a pressurised situation but the boys have reacted very well to that so far, so hopefully they can do the same again on Wednesday.”

The fact is that the incentive for Tottenham youngsters to do well at the moment has increased tenfold. With Tim Sherwood and now his successor Mauricio Pochettino, a lot of emphasis has been placed on youth within the team.

Spurs currently have an abundance of youngsters among their ranks who came through the academy system. Andros Townsend, Danny Rose, Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Harry Kane are all graduates, although admittedly several joined the club from other academies.

McKenna's boys therefore know that a future in the Tottenham first-team is more than doable, because there is already a plethora of former youth stars currently playing week in, week out in the Premier League.

Who knows? Someone on show tonight could be the next Harry Kane?

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