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Tottenham officially confirm their 20-year-old history-maker has left Spurs

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J’Neil Bennett wrote his name in Spurs’ history books in March 2019 by becoming the first player to score a goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Spurs completed the construction of their magnificent new stadium in 2019. Before Tottenham’s senior team got their chance to take the field, it was the under-18s who were given an opportunity in one of the test events before the ground was formally opened.

Tottenham’s youngsters took on Southampton that day in the under-18 Premier League, and just 11 minutes into the game, Bennett made history by becoming the first-ever player to find the net at the £800 million stadium.

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Just over three years later now, Bennett has no place at Tottenham.

J’Neil Bennett leaves Tottenham Hotspur

On their official website yesterday, Tottenham announced the list of players who have left the club.

The headline name there was Pierluigi Gollini, who has returned to Atalanta after his underwhelming loan spell. Spurs thanked the Italian for his efforts, and the announcement all but confirms that he won’t be coming back.

Then, Tottenham confirmed the list of Development Squad players who have left the club, and history-maker Bennet was among the names. He’s joined by Kacper Kurylowicz, Dermi Lusala, Thimothee Lo-Tutala, Josh Oluwayemi, Tobi Omole and Isak Solberg.

Among the under-18s, Tottenham confirmed that Jez Davies, Jordan Hackett, Khalon Haysman, Renaldo Torraj and Oliver Turner have also departed.

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Bennett joined Tottenham’s academy from Queens Park Rangers at a young age. He was viewed as a top talent for many years, and people who followed him expected him to break through to the first team at some point.

However, a disappointing loan spell at Crewe Alexandra and failure to really make his mark at the under-23 level meant that there was no future for him at the club.

Bennet, now 20, is no longer a part of Spurs, but he will always be in the club’s history books for being the first-ever player to score at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

That’s definitely something he’ll be proud of.

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