Former Tottenham Hotspur talent Nathan Oduwa has been speaking about his time coming up through the youth ranks at the club and reserved special praise for two of the club’s coaches.
Oduwa spent his formative years at Spurs whilst also spending time out on loan at Luton Town, Rangers, Colchester United and Peterborough United.
He left in 2017 to join the Slovenian side Olimpija and is now playing in Israel with Hapoel Hadera.
The Nigeria under-23 international spoke to World Football Index this week and spoke warmly of his time at Tottenham. He also namechecked the late Ugo Ehiogu and former under-18s boss Matt Wells.
“Also, getting a chance to train with the first team ensured that I learned a lot both mentally and physically so I owe everything I learned at Tottenham…
“I would say Ugo Ehiogu, who sadly passed away in 2017. He had a massive role to play in me becoming successful, and training with the first team and he helped me a lot.
“I would also mention Matt Wells at Tottenham Hotspur too. Those two coaches were constantly getting at me because they could see how much potential and raw talent I had, and that I needed pushing.”
The comment about Ehiogu echoes the sentiments of many other Tottenham youngsters who loved their former coach. Tragically, the former under-23 boss died of a sudden heart attack at the age of 44 in 2017.
A top coaching talent, his loss is still keenly felt among the players and staff at Tottenham.
Wells has built up a fine resume as a coach with Tottenham. He left this summer to take up a role on Scott Parker’s first-team coaching staff at Fulham and will hopefully have a bright future in the game.
No doubt his work, and that of his late mentor Ehiogu, has shaped the careers of several future Tottenham stars.