First Team 3 weeks ago

Team News: Tottenham Hotspur

Quique Sánchez Flores says he has a deep enough squad to cope with injuries and is striving to make the team more than the sum of its individual parts.

The Head Coach will be without Étienne Capoue, Sebastian Prödl, Troy Deeney and Isaac Success for the club's first ever trip to Tottenham's new stadium.

Capoue (back), Prödl (hamstring) and Success (groin) have been out running this week while Deeney (knee) made a significant step in his rehabilitation by running on the anti-gravity treadmill for the first time, but the game against Spurs will come too soon in their respective rehabilitation.

Sánchez Flores has spent the week focussing on the players he does have available to him and he put the squad through a real intense session on Wednesday, lasting more than two hours as he seeks to up the ante for a crucial set of games.

“We have Capoue, Deeney, Prödl and Success out, but we try to find a good solution,” he said. “This is our mentality. We have others ready to play. We cannot depend on one player. We have lots of players with high quality and skill.”

The Head Coach hopes to have Prödl and Capoue in contention to face Bournemouth, while Deeney is a bit further away.

“Maybe between 4-5 weeks,” said Sánchez Flores. “I guess in two or three weeks he is running again. The medical staff are working really well.”

Sánchez Flores was thrilled with the clean sheet against Sheffield United as it means it gives his side a base on which to mount a recovery operation. But he knows recording a blank against a newly promoted side does not all of a sudden mean his side are watertight.

The Head Coach has been drilling the side defensively during the international break, working again and again on the shape of the backline and the positioning of the midfielders in front.

“We've corrected a lot of things after the clean sheet,” he said. “Zero goals doesn't mean everything was good. We made a lot of mistakes and we didn't play the way we want, but sometimes football is like this. We didn't concede important chances. It's okay but we need to work hard to be the solid team we are looking for.”

Under-18's 4 weeks ago

Clark On Lo-Everton: “It’s A Great Feather In His Cap”

Sonny Blu Lo-Everton made his debut for Scotland Under-19s on Saturday (October 12) and the call-up has been described a testament to the forward’s hard work and commitment to his career.

Lo-Everton, who only turned 17 years old in September, had been capped five times for Scotland’s Under-17 team, twice for the Under-18s, and came off the bench to make his first appearance for the Under-19s in a 2-2 draw with Belarus.

Watford’s Under-18 Lead Coach Simon Clark was full of praise for the forward, who has also featured for the Hornets’ Under-23s and has trained with the first team when called upon.

“It’s really pleasing for him to get that because he’s obviously established in the Under-17s, so to get that call into the next group is great. It’s fantastic for him and totally deserved. He trains well,” said Clark.

“We look at them as professional coaches, as being two, three, four years ahead of where they should be. Now, if you can do that, you stand a chance.”

The next step for Lo-Everton is establishing himself in Scotland’s Under-19s and building from there, according to Clark, who also wants to see his players work up through the groups at London Colney.

“Getting in the Under-19s is a great feather in his cap. But let’s help him as a football club and as coaches to keep him in the Under-19s if we can.

“That’s what we say to them, what do you have to do to get that call into the next group? That’s it, because I will willingly pass them on to the next group but I don’t want them to just go to the next group, touch it and then come back down, I want them to go in, stay in and actually dominate the next group.”

Having caught the eye with some magnificent performances and spectacular strikes, including the winning goal in an FA Youth Cup victory against Everton, Clark has high hopes for Lo-Everton.

“He’s very committed to his career and he listens,” said the Lead Coach. I still don’t think he’s hit the highs we expect of him, but then maybe we’re raising the bar as well. There’s one thing for sure, that Sonny will continue to work hard and develop.”