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LEDLEY IMPRESSED BY YOUNG HAMMERS

Posted on 17 November 2005  - 12:00

Ledley King can see similarities between ourselves and West Ham as we prepare for Sunday’s big Premiership derby.

Ledley King can see similarities between ourselves and West Ham as we prepare for Sunday’s big Premiership derby.

Skipper Ledley faces a potentially fascinating match-up against Lane legend Teddy Sheringham and could face four former team mates in all in Teddy, Matty Etherington, Paul Konchesky and Bobby Zamora.

But it’s the performances of the younger members of the Hammers’ squad that have caught Ledley’s eye so far this season with the likes of Anton Ferdinand, Nigel Reo-Coker and Etherington all playing regularly on the Premiership stage.

“They’ve started well,†considered Ledley at Spurs Lodge. “They are quite similar to us in that they have a lot of young players in the squad with Teddy helping those younger players around him.

“It looks like they enjoy playing together, they play with a high tempo and there is a lot of pace about the team.

It’s always enjoyable playing against West Ham and I’m looking forward to this one

Reo-Coker - who looks set to miss the game through injury - and Ferdinand have played key roles in West Ham’s positive start to the season and both have played in all 11 games to date.

“I’ve watched Nigel this season and he’s impressed me,†added Ledley. “ It seems like he’s got a great engine on him, plays box to box and appears responsible for a young lad, a good head on his shoulders.

"He’s been captain for them and at England Under-21 level as well, so that says a lot about his character.

"Anton has also impressed me. He seems sharper and his game has stepped up another level since he’s come into the Premiership.

"He’s showed he’s worthy of playing in the Premiership week in, week out. He too can have a good future if he keeps going how he’s going, just like his brother.â€Â