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Leds win Glenn tribute

Posted on 21 August 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).

Glenn paid tribute to the performance of Ledley King after the backs-to-the-wall final third at Goodison Park and predicts that our strapping youngster will only get better.

Following the sending off of his sidekick Gary Doherty and, shortly after, Gus Poyet, Leds came into his own and resisted the inevitable Everton onslaught led by Duncan Ferguson and Kevin Campbell.

After playing much of last season in a midfield role, Leds has re-adapted to the central defensive position with composure and some ease, insisting that he saw himself as a centre-half all along.

"I’ve always been a defender," said Leds. "I class myself as a defender, I just enjoyed playing in midfield when I had to, but at the end of the day I’m happy at the back." Glenn reserved a special mention for Ledley after Saturday's clean-sheet against Aston Villa and the Man of the Match again won praise from the boss after dealing superbly with the expected aerial assault.

"We knew they would go direct and Ledley and Doherty were tremendous, for youngsters," purred Glenn. "If Ledley can keep performing like he did on Saturday and again tonight he will have a very bright future.

"He’s getting stronger and stronger and if he gets that belief, he has a comfortable left and right foot, strength, pace and that was a real challenge for him. He rose to it. Big Fergie and Campbell are a handful, especially if they are launching in there like they were. But they dealt with most things. Credit where it’s due, I thought the team played very well.

"He has good technique on the ball and strength as well. He’s learning how to defend properly and that’s his number one aim but it’s a bonus if you’ve got players who can come through on the ball."

There would appear to be an opening in Glenn’s preferred three-man defensive system for Ledley to cement a place in the first team picture for the long-term, and the England under-21 international is determined to grab the opportunity and also further his international prospects.

"Definitely, I’ve been around the first team for the last three or four seasons now, and I’m only 20. I’d like to get a position in the team and hopefully I can settle down in defence and do that.

"I think there is a much better chance of me progressing with England in defence and I’m looking to work hard at that."