Tottenham under-18 coach picks out George Marsh for praise

Young midfielder George Marsh is a name to watch at Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham Hotspur's academy is proving as important for England as it is for the club - and there are more young players hoping to break through.

The under-18 side suffered a narrow defeat to Aston Villa at the weekend, beaten 3-2, but one midfielder in particular was singled out for praise.

That would be teenage midfielder George Marsh, who impressed under-18 coach Kieran McKenna.

He told the club's official website: "I thought George was terrific. He was very combative, he competed well, passed the ball well and filled in at right-back for the last 20 minutes where he did well too.

“Some of our attacking play in the first half was also really bright but unfortunately we didn’t get the goals that we should have done from that first half performance.”

Marsh made his debut for the under-18 side last season, and has become a regular for them this campaign.

He recently turned 17 this month, and has been in the club's academy for several years.

Marsh was part of the under-17 side a year ago which won the under-17 Premier League international tournament, beating competition from Real Madrid and Juventus who had hoped to lift the trophy.

Tottenham's under-18 side are currently eighth out of 12 teams in the southern league table, and will be hoping to kick on over the remainder of the campaign.

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