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Spurs academy players stepping up at home

27 Apr 2020
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Tottenham Hotspur coaches explain how club's youngsters are taking on responsibility and continuing to develop during pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic may have stopped Tottenham Hotspur's academy players from training together but for some it has provided an opportunity to develop off the pitch.

In a few cases, the crisis has resulted in new roles at home.

"There's one or two who are having to look after their younger brothers and sisters, some as young as eight, because their parents are critical workers, some working for the NHS," Under-23 coach Wayne Burnett told Spurs' official website.

"So our players, at the age of 18 or 19, are taking responsibility for schooling and cooking meals for their younger siblings. We’re obviously very proud of them and it’s important that we’re quite sensitive to the players' situations.

"Obviously everyone wants to be on the training field, everyone wants to be back at work, but the players are finding ways to grow whilst ensuring they adhere to the stay-at-home measures in place, which we all know are paramount.

"In these times, even though it's difficult, there are still opportunities for them to develop and the players are making the most of that."

Greater maturity

The inability to play matches may be far from ideal for Spurs’ young prospects but they continue to work on their fitness and football skills at home, being set daily tasks and challenges.

And, like Burnett, Under-18 coach Matt Taylor believes positives may come out of the situation, with players eventually returning to training with greater maturity.

"Obviously it's a tough time for everybody but if there’s one thing that could possibly come from this, maybe it’s that our players, as young men, will have to grow up slightly quicker than they would do normally," he said.

See: How Spurs coaches are keeping young talents engaged at home

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