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Carrick settling in well

Posted on 29 October 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).

Michael Carrick feels he's settling in well after an injury-interrupted start to his career at Spurs.

The midfielder was laid low with an ankle injury for five weeks just after his arrival in August.

Michael made quite an impact coming off the bench in Wednesday's Carling Cup win at Bolton, setting up the third goal in our 4-3 win.

"It is good to get involved again," said Michael. "It's been a frustrating start to my Spurs career because I twisted my ankle in training and I've only been able to play in the last three weeks.

"I came here to be in the thick of things. I'm happy to have come off the bench, set up a goal and play my part in an important win. It was good for me personally and for the team."

Following the key role he played at Bolton, Jacques Santini hinted that the 23-year-old may well be involved again at Fulham on Saturday.

Head Coach Jacques said: "When a new player arrives at the club he needs information and he needs to play together with his new team-mates.

"Michael arrived late and suffered an injury. He needed time. I think for the next week there is a good chance he could perform with the team."

Sporting Director Frank Arnesen underlined his value to the squad.

"Michael is a huge talent, an important signing for us in the summer and he remains so," he said. "Any talk of him leaving in January is nonsense.

"Everyone can see there is competition for places in central midfield and he has to be patient.

"Strong competition for places in every position is vital in today's football."

The player himself recently accepted that competition. "It's good for the manager get competition for places and everyone giving everything to play," said Michael.

"It's not the same players playing every week and going through the motions - you have to perform well and if you don't, you are out of the side.

"It's good for the team to have that and as an individual you want to play all the time and as long as you take your chances and play well, the ball is in your court.

"You have to be realistic. If you are at a club like Tottenham with all the talent in the squad you might not play every game and when you do play you have to be ready.

"Ask any player and they'll tell you they want to play week in, week out and I'm certainly no different.

"You might only be in for one, two, three games but you have to be at your best. That makes you stronger. You can't switch on and off and when the chance come you have to take it."