Tottenham Hotspur have plenty of young talent coming through at the moment and never has that been made more evident than in the under-18s result this afternoon. Tottenham dealt their North London rivals Arsenal a serious thrashing, winning 9-0.
It was a massive win for Spurs’ talented youngsters, albeit against a much changed and much younger Arsenal side.
But any North London derby win of this magnitude was going to have Spurs fans excited and rightly so. One player, in particular, was the talk of social media for Tottenham fans after the game. Reo Griffiths put in a fantastic performance for Spurs. He netted four goals and also grabbed three assists. That means the youngster only failed to play a direct hand in two of Tottenham’s nine goals.
The 17-year-old forward has long been tipped as a future star for the Tottenham first-team and his four-goal salvo this afternoon took his tally for the season to 23 goals in 18 games in the under-18 Premier League.
His excellent form has not gone unnoticed and fans on Twitter were ecstatic with his display. In fact, some are even calling on Tottenham to give him a place in the first-team for the end of the season:
— 7 (@Grieznn) April 24, 2018
— Tahir Iqbal (@Tahir_E17) April 24, 2018
Griffiths has 23 goals in 18 games? Surely getting closer to first team action soon?
— Daniel (@ThfcDaniel) April 24, 2018
— A. (@DoubleALight) April 24, 2018
— Mason ? (@masondolivera99) April 24, 2018
Lmaooo unreal, get Griffiths in the first team asap xoxo https://t.co/4zj3J4KYwQ
— Shelbie ?? (@Shelbie_THFC) April 24, 2018
#THFC I think Griffiths should be part of the squad these last few games. IF we are in a position in the game where the game is won with 20 mins to go, let him have game time. Test him. Can’t be no worse than Llorente
— A Falzon Flowers (@AFalzonFlowers) April 24, 2018
So should they?
It is hard to see why not. Harry Kane is, of course, the undisputed starter for Spurs – even when clearly not at full fitness. But second choice Fernando Llorente is widely expected to leave the club this summer after failing to find his feet in North London. Whilst Kazaiah Sterling is a strong option as another youngster, Tottenham fans would like to see Mauricio Pochettino give the 17-year-old a chance instead.
Griffiths is clearly a top talent of whom Tottenham will have high hopes. With just four games of the season left and Spurs looking strong in a top-four spot, it would be no skin off Pochettino’s back to see what the young lad can do.
Griffiths certainly looked like the real deal this afternoon and Tottenham should definitely consider giving him a chance in the first-team before the end of the season.
He can do no worse than Llorente and it could be the dawn of a fantastic career in North London for the teenager.