Seven matches and 13 goal contributions.
Jamie Donley has been absolutely flying for Tottenham’s U-21s.
A player who joined the club at just eight years old, Donley has been developing slowly over the years and in recent times has exploded onto the scene, helping Spurs’ U-21 team climb to the top of the PL2 table with six wins in six games.
A prolific left-footed striker, Donley is strong in aerial battles and can shoot from range: his 35-yard long-shot in Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Chelsea is evidence of just as much. A sure-footed player as well, Donley is adept at dropping into the midfield to receive the ball and play it into space for overlapping teammates.
Jamie Donley looks like the real deal so far
With an impressive start to the campaign and even an August Player of the Month nomination, Donley was called up to the first team for our 2-1 victory over Liverpool. With this and other instances, Ange has already shown that he’s willing to fish in the pool of youth talent, bringing on players like Alejo Veliz and Dane Scarlett in previous matches.
With Scarlett now off on loan, Manor Solomon injured, and Richarlison continuing to struggle to find his stride, it’s likely that Donley could make an appearance, albeit an extremely brief one, in the coming months.
In the Liverpool match, Jamie never made it off the bench, and his talent at the higher level is still extremely unproven. Nevertheless, he is quickly showing that at just 18, PL2 may be too small for him. It would be great to see him grab more senior chances, and perhaps a loan spell next year will be the perfect opportunity to retain his services and test his abilities.
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Knowing Spurs’ history with youth strikers climbing to the first team, with one special player in mind, it’s certainly an exciting prospect. The Jamie Donley project is one that’s been 10 years in the making at Tottenham Hotspur, and he’s certainly one we’ll want to keep an eye on.