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Academy Hotseat - Charlie Daniels

Posted on 13 February 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Welcome to the section where we place the spotlight on and get up close and ever so slightly personal with the players that are currently attempting to make the professional breakthrough from our Academy system.

Next in the Hotseat is...

Name: Charlie Daniels

Age and Academy yeargroup: 17 years old and I'm with the under

From: Wathamstow

Position: Midfield - anywhere across the middle.

How did you come to join Spurs?
I was playing for a Sunday league side, Interwood, and I got scouted. I don't remember who by, but I came down to the ball court at White Hart Lane and started from the at under-12 level.

How is the season going so far?
It started off a bit slow, but after Christmas it has gone up a pace. I am trying to prove myself a bit more and I think it is working. Being full-time was hard at first and it is a case of getting used to it. Once you apapt it is much easier.

Favourite personal footballing moment?
When we beat Arsenal 2-0 this season. It was a good moment because I went to school with a lot of them and it was nice to put one over them.

Most memorable game for Spurs?
The same game!

Favourite player from boyhood?
Ryan Giggs - his change of pace and crossing, everything.

Favourite current Spurs player?
Stephane Dalmat. In training he is electric, he's got two good feet and can do everything.

Favourite non-Spurs player?
Zinedine Zidane - probably the best player in the world.

What is your immediate to short-term ambition?
To keep progressing, get a few more reserve games under my belt and see where I go from there.

Ultimate ambition?
To stay at Spurs, get a pro contract and keep going.

Are you any good with your wrong foot?
I'm not bad, everyone else will say I'm not, but I keep working on it.

What is the strongest part of your game?
Probably my passing.

And the weakest?
My change of pace that I'm trying to work on.

FAVOURITES
Food?
Sunday dinner

Drink?
Fanta - a nice fizzy drink

TV Programme?
Only Fools and Horses

Film?
Snatch