There was some cracking entertainment on offer at White Hart Lane last night as our under 21s snatched a 3-3 draw from Aston Villa in their version of the Premier League.

At the heart of the action was Jonathan Obika whose double strike, along with a goal from Kevin Stewart secured the point. Aside from the two goals, the striker was busy all night and turned in an impressive overall performance – albeit at a lower level.

Obika has been around the club for a while now and was given his first chance in the first team in our recent League Cup match with Carlisle. In his time at the club, the player has had eight loan spells including four at Yeovil without ever recording a prolific spell in the lower leagues.

While it may be too early to throw Jonathan in to the first team, maybe a final loan spell would be a good option to see if he really is maturing into a capable striker.



  1. Does anyone remember the Europa game he played a few years back. Think it may have been against Shaktar Donetsk. He played all game and despite not scoring – had some great chances and played a good game at the higher level.

    Love to see him get a run out in cup games

    • Been disappointed in him too many times to consider him a Spurs prospect. Kane has overtaken him, and even Lancaster. At 22, this is his last season here UNLESS something catches fire quickly.

      • You’re probably right but some young players develop more slowly. This new format should give him an opportuntiy to show what he’s about to AVB who has shown signs of having a good look at all levels of the club.
        We’re not exactly flush with strikers.

        • You are correct that not everyone is Wayne Rooney (playing at 16), and some develop later. But the 25 man squad rule means that next season we have to name him or ship him. So young players have a time limit, sadly. Plus we cannot wait forever – e.g. Taarabt – so you must focus on the ones that show potential.

  2. Players develop at different ages for example Rooney exploded onthe scene at 16 years old, whereas Leandro Damiao has only recently hit top form at age 23. The truth is players like Obika, Bostock, Kane, Mason, Lancaster, Fredericks, Parrett, Coullibally & Luongo will not all become stars. the question remains who is capable to follow the like of Caulker, Livermore, Townsend and Naughton.

    Personally I think Obika is good but only Parrett and Coullibally will make it in my opinion.

    The Oracle

    • Caulker, Livermore,Townsend and Naughton have not made it let alone become stars. Let’s see them be in and around the first team and putting in some good performances. Obika should get a run in EL and the cups. Should never give up on a young player.


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