No debut for McGee with no tour

Luke McGee made his Tottenham debut in the 76th minute against Chicago Fire on the North American tour.

No debut for McGee with no tour


The young goalkeeper got his chance because Hugo Lloris had been at the World Cup, so along with all the players that were playing in Brazil he has a holiday. Number 2 Brad Friedel took over as the first choice keeper for the tour which a sensible move as he is American and our US Ambassador so it generates additional interest.

The Tottenham game I believe was watched by around 30% more fans on US TV than the Arsenal game going on at the same time against New York Red Bulls, who have former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry. Friedel will have played a factor in the audience figures but the NBC poll I referred to in an article before the tour showed we were a more popular side in the States anyway.

The other keeper on tour was Jordan Archer but he came down with an illness on the first day of the tour and didn't recover leaving young 18-year-old Luke McGee as the reserve keeper on tour.

"I was a bit nervous before I went on against Chicago but I didn’t do too badly. It was a good start for me. It’s great to get a debut but I have to kick on from here. I don’t just want to make one appearance, I want to continue to improve and to build from here.”

It is unsurprising that he was nervous, last season he played 2 Development Squad games in the U21 Premier League and was on the bench for 3 others. He has 1 England U17 cap.

Without this pre-season tour he wouldn't have made his first team start, making your debut is important for any young player, whatever the game because it's only more hurdle you've overcome. He has now played in front of the biggest crowd of his life, some 17,156 people.

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Spurs bring youth in to train with the first team squad and tours like this represent a chance to spend time in an environment with experienced professionals, to learn from them and experience the atmosphere at games.

Players get introduced as part of the first team squad in the Premier League, then later as subs on the bench and finally an appearance on the field. Giving them a taste of first team environment is to encourage them, effectively showing them what they are aiming for, a carrot.

He should be happy wit his performance, he was comfortable with the ball at his feet and always looked for a pass rather than a simple kick up field to relieve his nerves.



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