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Yeovil sign teenage Tottenham duo

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Yeovil player-manager Terry Skiverton has boosted his options by bringing in two Tottenham players on loan.

Jonathan Obika, 18, was top scorer in Tottenham's Academy side with 14 goals in 26 matches last season and made has first-team debut in the Uefa Cup.

Left-winger Andros Townsend, 17, has starred in Tottenham's Under-18 team and has been in a Uefa Cup squad.

"For us to get that type of quality in is quite a coup for the club," Skiverton told BBC Somerset.

Skiverton, who has also been in contact with Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate over a possible loan deal, added he almost "rugby-tackled" Spurs boss Harry Redknapp after seeing Townsend and Obika play in a reserve match against Chelsea.

"Townsend's very positive, likes to get the ball and get at people and get crosses in, loads of crosses in," added Skiverton.

"He was up against a right-back who's highly thought of at Chelsea. He gave him a bit of a torrid time and there were quite a lot of other managers waiting to pick the pair of them up afterwards.

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"Obika's got electric pace and he likes a goal. His goalscoring record for Tottenham reserves and youth team has been unbelievable and that's something we have been missing a little bit.

"Moving forward this is the route we want to go, getting young, exciting lads and giving them opportunities.

"It's going to freshen the squad up a little bit. We need numbers, they're the right type of characters and we're looking forward to see how they do for us.

"And there'll probably be maybe a couple more faces that might come in just to add to the squad again."

The pair will join fellow Tottenham graduate Danny Hutchins in the squad for the weekend match against MK Dons and Obika says that has helped the settling in process.

"It makes it much easier for our first loan and the lads have been great," Obika told BBC Somerset.

"Hopefully I'll get the nod on Saturday, do well and score a few goals. I'm really looking forward to it. I'd like to get a lot of League One experience and as a young player you need to come to a club like this to gain knowledge of the game and learn your trade."

Townsend, who likened himself to Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon, told BBC Somerset: "I'm very excited and hopefully I can come in and get a few games under my belt. As a youngster I think it's essential to play games and get experience."



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