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Spurs Run Rule Over Benyu and Reach NextGen Final
Monday, 16th May 2016 20:47

Town youngster Kundai Benyu helped Tottenham’s U19s to the final of the NextGen Series tournament in Amsterdam where they were beaten 2-0 by South African side Ajax Cape Town in this afternoon's final.

TWTD understands that the Premier League side were taking the opportunity to run the rule over the 18-year-old, who has a pro contract with the Blues which runs until the summer of 2017.

Benyu, who missed much of 2015/16 with a persistent knee injury before returning to action in the final weeks, played the whole of Spurs’ 1-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven in their opening group game on Saturday with the tournament’s matches played over two halves of 25 minutes at the Olympic Stadium.

Having been left out of the team which lost 2-0 to Ajax Cape Town, Benyu then played the first 47 minutes of a 2-0 victory over Ghanaian side Right to Dream in their last group match.

The midfielder, who recently completed his two-year scholarship with the Blues, was an unused sub for this morning’s semi-final against Ajax, which Spurs won 2-0, and also for the final.

Benyu is yet to make his senior Town 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.

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.

However, Town have a number of young central midfielders coming through at present including Andre Dozzell and Adam McDonnell, who made their debuts in the final weeks of the season, and James Blanchfield, as well as Teddy Bishop, who returned from injury in the last few games.

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Mullet added 21:04 - May 16
So is he the new Jay Tabb? Surely a squad where the 5th and 6th choices move to these youngsters is a positive step for us, but what will he want to do?

ParisBlue added 21:27 - May 16
Seems like we're well stocked in central midfield with the kids, they just need an opportunity like Bishop had at Derby 2 years ago.

Hopefully they get a chance in pre-season and we invest in pace and width.

ArnieM added 22:15 - May 16
can someone explain to me how can our player play for another club like this and how can Spurs "run the rule" over a player under contract to another Club?

neil1968 added 22:20 - May 16
Running the rule means they are deciding if they are goin to buy him off us or not and pay peanuts

Trigger67 added 07:41 - May 17
I have been impressed by Benyu when watching him prior to his injury and imo it would be a mistake to let him go.

phillo added 08:42 - May 17
Worrying trend developing if this happens. Talented ball playing youngsters being developed by Bryan Klug & the staff at the Acadamy them being "released" to Premiership clubs (see Sam Ford earlier in season).
Let's hope the first story about this is correct & it is just us "lending" them players (although that does sound fishy tbh ..... haven't they got enough !)
& don't get first comment re Tabby ??!!??

Currie10 added 09:31 - May 17
Issue being we cannot keep every single one of these youngsters!

Dozzell / McDonnell / Bishop / Blachfield.

Mistake keeping Hyam though I feel.....

PhilTWTD added 10:12 - May 17

If his club gives permission for them to do so, which is what I understand is the situation here. There may well have been an element of Spurs needing to add to their numbers for the tournament - they were also playing in another competition and had players called up - but am told they were interested to have a look at him and Town have let him spend the time there.

BossMan added 11:05 - May 17
Surely Spurs would of given him a bit more game time if they were looking to take him permanently ?

BackTheBlues added 12:29 - May 17
Oh excellent... Let's just let another one go?

Edmundo added 17:15 - May 17
Surely we can now conclude after the past few months that we'd have been better off telling ME to get stuffed - we're going round in circles at this club!! Sell the kids before even seeing them in the first team? Would never have happened before the "takeover".

Seasider added 17:24 - May 17
I should like to see us keep as many of our young players as possible,if Ford and Benyu are good enough to interest top Premiership clubs,then surely they are worth keeping.

Mick has seemed reluctant to put kids in,apart from Bish,unless there is nothing at stake or he is anxious to throw cup games,which he seems averse to.

If Man Utd were willing to put in Rashford when still in with a chance of a Champions League place and he has now been called up to the England squad;then surely the Dinosaur could at least give them a little game time.He could then rest one or two of his regulars/favorites so they don't play every/all game; as most are now all the wrong side of 30 and could probably do with a sit down lol.!!!

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