Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that young defender Charlie Sayers has joined the club’s academy from Southend United.

Sayers broke into the Southend first-team this season and has impressed in the six National League appearances for the Shrimpers this campaign.

The 17-year-old, who can play as a left-back or in central defence, has been praised for his talent and maturity by Southend head coach Kevin Maher.

Spurs confirmed that the teenager joins the club’s scholarship programme following a trial period in N17.

Sayers has featured for Tottenham’s Under-18s in their past two games against Fulham and Crystal Palace, with the new arrival reportedly being given the captain’s armband for the side at the weekend in their 3-0 defeat against the Eagles.

Tottenham also confirmed that winger J’Neil Bennett has returned to North London for treatment on an ankle injury sustained while on loan at Crewe Alexandra.

In addition, the Lilywhites revealed that 18-year-old third-year scholar Jeremy Kyezu has left the club by mutual agreement.

Spurs Web Opinion

Giving Sayers the armband in just his second match for the Under-18s while he was still on trial at the club, certainly indicates how highly he is rated by Spurs.

That indicates that the central defender is quite mature for his age and hopefully, that means that we will see him progress through the ranks quicker.

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