The midfielder only made his first start for Tottenham’s under-18 side in March, but he quickly made his mark and was granted the opportunity to train with the senior stars ahead of what he would have hoped was a breakout year in the under-18s, before going on to make his name at under-21 level.
It was a path that has worked well for the likes of Josh Onomah, Harry Winks and Cameron Carter-Vickers. However, in the case of Kirby there has been a somewhat surprising twist.
Kirby recently swapped Tottenham for Chelsea, his move confirmed when he played for the Blues’ under-18s against their Bayern Munich counterparts in a pre-season clash last weekend.
Last season, Tottenham’s under-18 coach Kieran McKenna singled out Kirby for special praise after he impressed against Middlesbrough, and at the time it seemed Spurs had another unpolished gem on their hands.
But now he has opted to continue his career at Chelsea and it will be interesting to see how things play out in the years ahead.