Jubril Okedina has posted on Twitter after agreeing professional terms with Tottenham Hotspur following a breakthrough campaign that saw him become a regular in the club’s Under-18 side.
Okedina, 18, clocked 18 appearances for Spurs youth side in his age group’s Premier League side. Naturally a centre-back, the London-born defender has caught the eye of Tottenham coaches.
The defender can play either at centre-back or on the right side of the defence, and his excellent form for the Under-18 side even saw him promoted to the reserves on one occasion – which is quite a feat for a player of his age.
Okedina posted on Twitter after agreeing personal terms with Mauricio Pochettino’s side, though the length of the contract remains unclear. He captioned the post “signed, sealed and delivered”.
Signed, sealed and delivered ✅. I’m very grateful to sign my first professional with Tottenham. pic.twitter.com/VQ8Q2IUbqi
— Jubril Okedina (@jubril_okedina) July 10, 2019
TBR’s view – Okedina has huge competition at Tottenham
Now, Okedina has his work cut. The player must begin to start looking at solidifying his place in the reserve side, and looking to follow the likes of Kyle Walker-Peters and Oliver Skipp into the senior side.
But there is enormous competition in the senior side for a place at centre-back. Toby Alderweireld, Juan Foyth, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez are all vying for a first-team slot – while Cameron Carter-Vickers is also there.
However, one saving grace for Okedina is his ability to play in multiple positions. It saw him gain a place in the Under-23 side last season, and it might just give him that advantage when it comes to a senior chance.