Benyu With Spurs in Amsterdam
Saturday, 14th May 2016 10:02
Town midfielder Kundai Benyu has been included in the Tottenham U19s squad for the NextGen Series taking place in Amsterdam from today until Monday.
Benyu recently completed his two-year scholarship with the Blues academy but in February last year signed a two-year professional contract which runs until the summer of 2017.
The 18-year-old is yet to make a senior debut but was on the first-team bench twice in the Championship during 2014/15 and for the Capital One Cup games against Stevenage and Doncaster during 2015/16. He spent much of the season out of action with a knee injury before returning in the final weeks.
While his inclusion has inevitably led to speculation that Spurs are looking at signing him, the Blues have lent Tottenham players for end-of-season games in the past with academy director Bryan Klug close to the Premier League club’s youth set-up having worked there prior to his return to Playford Road in 2012.
In the summer of 2013 Andre Dozzell, Chris Smith and Sam Ford, who moved to West Ham earlier this year, all played for Tottenham in an U16s game as they were short of players.
Town boss Mick McCarthy has previously said Benyu is in his thoughts as one of the youngsters who could be involved in the Blues first team next season.
Spurs face PSV Eindhoven, South African side Ajax Cape Town and the Right to Dream academy from Ghana in their group matches.
Elsewhere, Bolton have confirmed the release of winger Liam Feeney, who spent the final months of the season on loan at Town.
Speaking last week, Blues boss McCarthy revealed that Town are in talks with the 29-year-old about a permanent deal.
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|BrettenhamBlue added 10:19 - May 14
This is one of our top young midfielders....
|algarvefan added 10:26 - May 14
Great experience for the lad, hope he isn't leaving :(
|topguy added 10:48 - May 14
He wont leave, along with Emmanuel, Kenlock, Clarke, Digby, Dozzell, McDonnell, Benyu, Morris with all be pushing for next year any exp they have from now till then will benefit, same as Dozzer and Morris with England U17s it all helps us, its like 7 or 8 new signings.
|ElderGrizzly added 11:04 - May 14
Great experience for him and didn't do Dozzell any harm did it?
Under a 2 year contract so not exactly a worry. Unless you want a reason to moan of course
|GiveusaWave added 11:14 - May 14
Good experience for the lad
|Mullet added 11:28 - May 14
Don't blame him. Few years time could be winning the prem, playing Europa league or for spurs instead.
|Elto added 12:37 - May 14
Since when did they need a reason?
|SohoBlue added 13:10 - May 14
Yep, good experience but this lad has to stay a Town player, just like Dozzell. There's some real promise coming through the ranks now, and it's fantastic to see them in demand and playing for their country. Blood these lads throughout the season and let their passion to play ripple through the senior squad...never hurts to have some young blood nipping at your heels!
|Cookycrew added 14:34 - May 14
Shhhhh Phil ......We are ever so quietly building up a class of youngsters (for all positions) who are breathing down the neck of all first-team regulars, what a great job Klug & Co are producing for our club.
Am I the only one who feels very confident for next season?
Marcus Evans to pay for 2 or 3 Quality additions in the Summer (for me, say 2 goal-scoring midfielders + 1 target man (if Murphy gets a long term injury).
Things are looking very good to take Town to higher than 7th next season!
|Seasider added 18:01 - May 14
With several of the regulars/favorites the wrong side of 30,and Murph and Douglas I believe approaching mid 30's;I wonder how long the Manager will consider them to be first team regulars with so many youngsters now coming through.
Until now during Micks reign, not one player from the academy has been a regular in the side,although I am sure Bish would have been were it not for injuries.
Mr McCarthy is quite right not to overplay them early on;but I hope the time has now come when we will see some young uns make more than just cameo appearances.
This will freshen up the squad,put more pressure on present incumbents,and save money in the transfer market.
Think we still need a couple of players though;but hopefully they wont be other clubs cast offs.I know most will disagree with me though when I say that MM could also give Cameron Stewart another chance at PR because for a player who is supposed to be costing a lot in wages,he doesn't seem to be have been given much of chance in the first team.
From what I have seen from the two young fullbacks Kenlock and Emmanuel feel they are as good,if not better,than the present incumbents already.I was surprised that Parr was not given the left back berth when Mings was transferred,as was Jonathan,which I feel hastened his exit.I know Knudsen is Mickmacs most expensive signing but don't feel he should play instead of Kenlock and same goes for Chambers on the other side.
I know that Mick McCarthy has made some promising noises of late,about the youngsters;but not his style of play,so it remains to be seen whether he will make changes next season.
|ArnieM added 21:59 - May 14
the emergence of this crop of young academy players could be exactly the reason why Evans/MM have not paid out big bucks for players. The plan has always been to have our 1st team consisting of 50%home grown talent.
scum and their overrated cat one academy.....eat yer heart out. You cant hold a candle to our set up despite delia's hefty bank balance!
|HarryS_H added 08:34 - May 16
I fact that other clubs want to borrow our youngster, and a champions league side at that, can only be good news. I have big hopes for all of them and the club next season! COYB!!!
(Apologies for marking down marcusevansreborn I agree totally with what you said, slip of the finger)
|TR11BLU added 12:18 - May 16
Itll be the usual cart horse hoofers in next season, youngsters will be loaned out and eventually discarded. No place in the eleven for those not his mates.
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