Who are Jamie Donley and Alfie Dorrington? The academy stars on Tottenham bench vs Aston Villa


Tottenham youngsters Jamie Donley and Alfie Dorrington are once again part of the matchday squad for Spurs' Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon. After a nightmare week prior to the final international break of the year, Ange Postecoglou has limited numbers to work with at present.

Losing Micky van de Ven and James Maddison until early next year through injury, Richarlison also faces a period on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on his groin just over two weeks ago. Cristian Romero is not available as he serves the second game of his three-match ban and Yves Bissouma is also banned after picking up his fifth yellow card of the campaign at Wolves.

Tottenham have been boosted by the return of Destiny Udogie from suspension but Pape Matar Sarr has missed out on the squad through injury. As a result of the missing players, the Australian has named both Dorrington and Donley in his matchday party for the encounter against Villa.

Here, football.london gives you the lowdown on Tottenham academy duo.

Donley has been part of the matchday squad already this season after his inclusion on the bench for the late 2-1 win over Liverpool in September and last time out at Wolves. Making a huge impression in N17 over the past couple of years, the forward has really stepped things up in 2023/24 and posted some extremely impressive numbers.

Playing in eight Premier League 2 games and three EFL Trophy fixtures, the 18-year-old, who can play in a variety of positions in the forward line, has registered six goals and 11 assists in those games this term. As a result of his outstanding showings, Donley claimed the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award for October.

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Following his appearance on the bench at Wolves, Donley jetted off with the England Under-19 squad for the Marbella Cup. The young Three Lions prevailed in the competition, with Donley playing a pivotal role in their success.

On the scoresheet twice in their opening 6-0 win against Romania, the Tottenham academy ace scored a last-minute winner in their following game as they defeated Japan 3-2. His prolific run in front of goal then continued in their final match as he notched another brace in their 7-1 triumph against Mexico.

Dorrington, on the other hand, has been tipped for big things in north London after making a huge impression at the football club. Stepping up to play for the Under-18s during the 2020/21 season before becoming a regular the following campaign, the 18-year-old featured ten times in Premier League 2 during 2022/23.

It proved to be a memorable year for the player as he played his part in the Under-18s and Under-17s' success in the Premier League Cup. In the Under-18s' triumph against Aston Villa, Dorrington played a pivotal role in the win with a pitch-long run to tee up Donley.

A powerful defender who is good on the ball and has the ability to drive forward, he penned a new three-year deal with the club in June. Continuing for the Lilywhites in Premier League 2 this season and playing for the club in the EFL Trophy, Dorrington was rewarded for his superb form with his first call-up to Spurs' senior matchday squad at Wolves.

Both Donley and Dorrington have caught Postecoglou's eye since the Australian arrived at the club, with the head coach speaking about both players in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Aston Villa game when asked by football.london.

"We’ve been tracking all the young guys and Jamie and Alfie Dorrington have been training with us pretty regularly over the recent period. Obviously all the injuries but also prior to that they were coming in fairly regularly so I think that’s the first step for all these young guys.

"Get to the first team environment and then see how they get on with training and how they develop from there and adjust to everything we do and the way we do it. We’re down on numbers so guys like him will get more of an opportunity to make an impact as I said at training and if he continues to do that then the opportunity will come for him."

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