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Led' takes it all in his stride

Posted on 26 January 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).

Ledley King has settled in so well to his new midfield role that you forget that every step is a new one for him.<P class=MsoNormal>Boss George Graham, who takes the credit for converting him from centre-back to midfield, said the youngster had been outstanding over the last few weeks.<P class=MsoNormal>Even more eye catching was how national newspaper reporters put his name forward for England as they conducted their own spying missions in Sven Goran Eriksson&rsquo&#59;s first weekend watching Premiership football a fortnight ago.<P class=MsoNormal>Ledley, still just 20, described that attention as &lsquo&#59;a nice bonus&rsquo&#59; and seems totally unaffected by his rapid rise.<P class=MsoNormal>He just takes everything in his stride and gets on with his football.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;It&rsquo&#59;s the first time I&rsquo&#59;ve played 12 games on the trot for about three years,&rdquo&#59; he revealed &mdash&#59; injury taking it&rsquo&#59;s toll in that time.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;It&rsquo&#59;s still a learning process and I&rsquo&#59;m looking to build on it. I&rsquo&#59;m learning every time I play and hopefully I&rsquo&#59;ll have a lot more to learn.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;Every game is tough but and I&rsquo&#59;m battling to get through the 90 minutes but I&rsquo&#59;m enjoying it and adrenalin alone is taking me through.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;I never expected to be linked with England this season and it&rsquo&#59;s another bonus. I just have to keep playing for Tottenham and see what happens.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>And Ledley now knows first hand from the midfield minefield how difficult it can be to break teams down in the Premiership &mdash&#59; as underlined by Middlesbrough and Southampton.<P class=MsoNormal>He added: &ldquo&#59;Away teams know this is a difficult place to come this season and they are sitting back and looking for a point.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;Teams are getting tight on us because they know if they give us space we can play, as our home form shows.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;We can punish teams but I though Southampton got tight, battled well and made it difficult for us. They deserved a point.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>