Spurs Join Checkatrade Trophy

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Dom Le Roy

In an announcement on both Tottenham’s social media and official club wesbsite, it has been revealed that Spurs have accepted the EFL’s invitation for Tottenham’s Under 21s to participate in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Before 2016, the English Football League Trophy used to include 48 teams all from League One and League Two, but was expanded last season to incorporate up to 16 academy teams from the Premier League and the Championship.

According to BBC Sport and reports from The Guardian, these changes were met with great displeasure, as the adaptations made to the tournament were deemed unfair on smaller sides.

Last season, Spurs declined to enter the competition, however next season Tottenham have announced that they will enter the Under 21s team alongside Manchester City, who also declined last season.

In a statement uploaded to the club’s official website, Head of Player Development John McDermott had this to say:

“We took the decision to enter the competition as it is beneficial for the Development Squad’s scheduling this year.”

“We know the EFL Trophy will provide a massive challenge for us and we look forward to testing ourselves.”

Remember to keep an eye on the Under 21s in the EFL Trophy next season, as we might see another one of our own emerge into the first team from this new platform.

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