Working with our senior stoppers over the last 12 months has been a real boost for Luke McGee.
Regularly between the sticks for us in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League in 2014-15, making 17 appearances for Ugo Ehiogu’s side, the 19-year-old goalkeeper earned his first senior opportunity during last summer’s tour of the United States and Canada.
With Brad Friedel as number one, Luke operated as his understudy for our three pre-season friendlies across the pond and got his chance in the second half of our 2-0 win over Chicago Fire – replacing Brad for the last quarter-of-an-hour.
Since then, he’s regularly trained with Hugo Loris, Michel Vorm and the recently retired Brad – all under the tutelage of Goalkeeping Coach Toni Jimenez – while playing for the Under-21s. Often seen taking part in the warm-ups on first team matchdays, he was named on the bench in a competitive match for the first time when we travelled to Greece to take on Asteras Tripolis in a Europa League group stage encounter back in November and was also part of our travelling party on our recent post-season tour of Malaysia and Australia.
Those experiences have all been key to his continued development – and so says Luke himself...
Thoughts on the season overall?
Obviously it was a good start to pre-season last summer when I went on the tour to the US and Canada. It was the first time I’d been around the first team every day and that proved to be a great experience. I felt I improved over that period because of the pace and the speed that goes with the senior side of things and I think I really took that opportunity to better myself. Since then, training with Hugo, Michel, Brad and Toni every day, I’ve taken little bits from all of them. If you can take one little thing from each person then you’re going to improve massively because all of them have specific things that they’re unbelievable at which stands them out.
Your personal highlight of the season?
I’d definitely say pre-season was a big highlight because I got a chance to play at senior level for the first time. I really enjoyed that. I’d also say the season as a whole, because training with the first team goalkeepers every day has been brilliant.
Plans for the summer?
It was great to be able to go to Malaysia and Australia on the post-season tour but now I’ve come back I’ll probably have a bit of time to myself and do absolutely nothing! I’ll just try to chill out and perhaps enjoy a holiday.
Thoughts on pre-season?
Some people say the time off that we get goes too fast but I’m looking forward to pre-season to be fair. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to train with the first team again.
Hopes for next season?
We’ll see what opportunities come about. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some matches at senior level to gain some more experience and then I’ll look to build on that.
Luke’s fellow goalkeeper Michel Vorm also answered ‘Five questions for summer’ earlier this week. Look out for answers from some of our other players every day next week on tottenhamhotspur.com...