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Charlton v Spurs - Head-to-Head

Posted on 7 December 2001  - 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).

Luke Young Simon Davies
APPEARANCES
Minutes on pitch 1302 576
GOAL ATTEMPTS
Goals 0 1
PASSING & CROSSING
Passing 506 254
Passing Accuracy % 67% 72%
Crossing 40 11
Crossing Accuracy % 15% 36%
DEFENDING
Tackles Made 43 17
Tackles Won % 63% 71%
DISCIPLINE
Fouls 11 10
Yellow Cards 2 0
Red Cards 0 0
OPTA INDEX SCORE 631 708
First Goalscorer Odds 40/1 20/1
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Luke Young
Simon Davies

Glenn Hoddle's policy of buying experienced internationals at Spurs has arguably hampered the progress of some of the club's young hopefuls. While Teddy Sheringham, Gustavo Poyet and Christian Ziege have added extra guile to a side already containing Les Ferdinand and Darren Anderton, others such as Simon Davies and Matthew Etherington have struggled for recognition.

It is hard to argue with Hoddle's stance though, seeing as a staggering 88% of the team's goals this season have come from their experienced quintet. But it was still this course of action that cost them the services of promising England under-21 international Luke Young, who moved to Charlton in order to find regular first-team football.

A right-back of enormous potential, Young was still considered second best to Stephen Carr at Spurs, and moved to further his aspirations at domestic and international level. And after a few months of settling in to his new surroundings, the 22-year-old now has the opportunity to prove his old employers wrong when they visit Charlton on Saturday.

Young has certainly been quick to make an impression on the fans at The Valley. As he did at Spurs when given the chance, Young has bombed forward at every opportunity, embarking on 63 dribbles so far this term - more than any other player at the club.

But that is not to say that Young has neglected his defensive duties. Rather, his impressive total of 43 tackles shows his desire to succeed and is the fourth-highest total amongst English full-backs.

On the opposite side of the pitch to Young on Sunday will be Welshman Davies, who has settled into Tottenham's right-sided wing-back role in recent weeks because of injuries to Carr and Mauricio Taricco. Normally an attack-minded midfielder, Davies still manages to get forward well. He has set up two goals and scored another himself in less than 600 minutes of Premiership football - under half the amount that Young has played.

Davies also bagged a late winner at Fulham in the Worthington Cup recently and he may well fancy his chances of adding to that tally on Saturday. Indeed, at 11/2 with online bookmakers surreySPORTS, the former Peterborough player looks like an excellent bet to score the opener at The Valley.

In recent seasons, the Addicks have enjoyed a good record against their more illustrious rivals from north London. However, Spurs have already won three times on their league travels this term - more than they managed in the entire 2000-01 campaign - and should have the quality to take at least a point back to White Hart Lane.

Rupert Webster