Former Tottenham Hotspur prospect named in Crystal Palace Under-23 squad

General view of Selhurst Park

Nya Kirby left Spurs this summer and looked to have joined Chelsea.

General view of Selhurst ParkGeneral view of Selhurst Park

Former Tottenham Hotspur prospect Nya Kirby was an unused substitute in Crystal Palace Under-23s' 1-0 win against Nottingham Forest on Monday.

The 16-year-old seemed destined for a bright future at White Hart Lane after being pictured training with Mauricio Pochettino's senior squad ahead of last season's Europa League tie with Borussia Dortmund.

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However, the midfielder sneaked out of the back door almost unnoticed earlier this summer and was presumed to have signed for Chelsea, having featured in numerous youth team fixtures.

This no longer appears to be the case, though, with Palace seemingly the latest stop on Kirby's tour of prospective new clubs.

Steve Mandanda

The Eagles fielded a strong side in the East Midlands, with summer signings Steve Mandanda (above) and James Tomkins both featuring, while the presence of Euro 2016 stars Joe Ledley and Yohan Cabaye in central midfield denied Kirby a chance to impress.

Reading trialist Noor Husin did make an appearance from the bench, however, alongside Palace youngster Michael Phillips, who scored the game's only goal in the closing stages.

Striker Tyler Walker was the most notable name in a youthful Forest side.

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