The AEGON Future Cup will be held again, for the fourth year in a row, at the Toekomst sports park during Easter weekend this year. In four reports, Ajax.nl will present the tournament participants. In this edition: Anderlecht and Tottenham Hotspur.
The Anderlecht juniors showed great strength to years ago at the Toekomst. Without allowing even one goal against, the Purple-White team brought the cup back home to Brussels. The big man at the Belgian top club was Dennis Preat, who was selected as the tournament’s best player. It’s no wonder that this exceptional player has since made his debut in Anderlecht’s first team, with which he’s already played more than thirty matches until now. Anderlecht didn’t participate last year, so the big question is whether the club currently has a team that has what it takes to make a big impression in Amsterdam.
Last year, it was Manchester United who represented Great Britain at the AEGON Future Cup. This year it will be Tottenham Hotspur, one of the four teams which are new to the tournament. Although the Spurs academy is highly esteemed, the current first team currently counts very few players who have come up from its own academy. Of the eleven players who recently started against Liverpool. Only Jake Livermore has a background with the London club. Breaking through on White Heart Lane is thus reserved for the greatest talents. Think of Peter Crouch, Sol Campbell and Glenn Hoddle, although it has been more than thirty five years since the latter made his debut at Tottenham.