Tottenham show faith in Under-18 talent Herbie James as contract news emerges

Tottenham Under-18 ace Herbie James could be set for a bigger role in North London after he signed his first professional contract at Hotspur Way.

Spurs announced via the Tottenham Hotspur Official Website on Monday 22 January that James had put pen to paper on his first professional deal with the club.

Although he has not featured as much as he would perhaps have liked to so far this season, this decision is a show of faith in the player by everyone at Tottenham.

James was previously of Manchester City’s academy and made the switch to London last summer to join up with Spurs as a full-time scholar. James has only just turned 17 years old this past November, and has already featured seven times for the Under-18s in all competitions this season.

His only start of the campaign arrived in the Under-18 Premier League South clash away at Leicester City Under-18s (11 November 2023), and he demonstrated his quality and potential as he grabbed an assist in what ended up being a 4-1 victory for the visitors.

In addition to this assist, he also has a goal to his name this season, getting himself on the scoresheet when he came off the bench to play 28 minutes as his side thrashed Norwich Under-18s 7-2 at Hotspur Way (7 October 2023).

James will now hope to play a bigger part of what has so far been a memorable season for the Under-18s after this recent contract decision.

Despite hardly featuring, Spurs have still moved fast to lock the talented youngster down, demonstarting the faith and belief they have in the player.

Spurs sit top of the Under-18 Premier League South, although just two points ahead of West Ham Under-18s who have a game in hand.

James will now look to make an impact and help Spurs lift the title ahead of their London rivals, boosted by the confidence this recent contract decision will have provided him with.

This follows the news that Calum Logan (X, 19 January) and Damola Ajayi (X, 18 January) both signed professional contracts of their own at Tottenham in recent days, showcasing that the club are beginning to think ahead.

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