TOTTENHAM Hotspurs manager Jose Mourinho has promoted Nigerian-born goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi to the first team allowing him to train with the main squad following injuries to number three man Alfie Whiteman.
Goalkeeper Whiteman has undergone surgery to his left knee after tearing his meniscus and is not expected to return to training until May 2021, leaving Tottenham Hotspur short on personnel in the goalkeeping department. As a result, in the run-up to the weekend’s game against Newcastle, Mourinho allowed Oluwayemi to train with the first team as the 21st man.
Oluwayemi, 20, trained with experienced goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Joe Hart before the game kicked off at St James’ Park. He spent the first half of the season at National League side Maidenhead United on loan for his first taste of senior football, before returning to Spurs during the January transfer window.
Anglo-Nigerian Oluwayemi was installed as Tottenham U23s first-choice goalkeeper upon his return from his loan spell and kept a clean sheet in his last outing in the Premier League Two game against Manchester United. Oluwayemi comes from a family of goalkeepers as his father, Abiodun Ogunyemi, was a goalkeeper for Ogun State University, while his sibling, Tobi is also a goalkeeper at Glasgow Celtic.