Mikey Moore Discusses Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Debut Message and Learning from Son Heung-min

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Mikey Moore described his Premier League debut against Manchester City as feeling like “playing FIFA.” The 16-year-old attacker came on as a substitute in the closing stages of Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat, becoming the club’s youngest ever player in the competition.

Moore had been included on the Spurs bench for the previous four matches after impressing manager Ange Postecoglou in training. He finally got his chance late against City, replacing James Maddison in stoppage time.

“It was good, the pace was so quick,” Moore told SPURSPLAY after the game. “It felt crazy coming on and it felt like I was playing FIFA. It felt mad.”

Despite the limited time on the pitch, Moore made the most of it. “Coming on and trying to press, they move the ball so quick. I got a couple of touches of the ball and hopefully some more soon,” he said.

The youngster expressed his delight at achieving his dream of making his professional debut. “As a young player coming through the academy, it’s all you want really to make your debut. Coming on is probably the best feeling I’ve ever had to be fair,” Moore admitted.

He continued, “I was asking the ref how long to go as soon as I came on as I wanted it to keep going. I just want to get on again really and hopefully many more to be fair.”

Moore has been training with the Tottenham first team at Hotspur Way, learning from established stars like Son Heung-min and James Maddison.

“It has been good,” Moore said about training with the first team. “It is good to see the level of the players and it ups your level as you start to get sharper and better on the ball. It has been good to be learning off players like Sonny and Madders. It has been unbelievable really.”

Postecoglou praised Moore for his hard work and dedication, stating, “He’s been training well with us, we wanted to get him some game time, it just hasn’t panned out in the last few games, it was an opportunity to just get him out there.”

The manager acknowledged Moore’s young age but highlighted his potential. “He’s still got a long way to go, he’s only 16, he’s a great kid,” Postecoglou said. “It’s a reward, because we’ve had him training with us and he hasn’t been playing with the U21s either, we thought it wouldn’t be fair to not reward his hard work with an appearance.”

Moore will be hoping for more opportunities to showcase his talent when Tottenham conclude their 2023/24 Premier League campaign away at Sheffield United on Sunday.