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Luke-ing for own role

Posted on 30 April 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 is desperate to nail down a position in Glenn Hoddle&rsquo&#59;s new era.<P class=MsoNormal>Many would argue that he&rsquo&#59;s done exactly that at left-back in recent weeks but the 21-year-old openly admits he doesn&rsquo&#59;t enjoy that role.<P class=MsoNormal>Although hampered by injuries, this season has underlined Luke&rsquo&#59;s strengths again &mdash&#59; his adaptability to any defensive position, whether it&rsquo&#59;s left-back, right-back or centrally.<P class=MsoNormal>But he wants to make one role his own. &ldquo&#59;I just need to settle down into one position,&rdquo&#59; he admitted. &ldquo&#59;I&rsquo&#59;ve been playing a lot of positions and hopefully I can make one my own.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>So what about left-back? &ldquo&#59;You get used to the position more and more but it is difficult when you are stuck in your own half and you need to clear on your weaker side,&rdquo&#59; he pointed out.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;It&rsquo&#59;s coming on and I&rsquo&#59;m doing a job for the side at the moment. I&rsquo&#59;m happy to play there if the gaffer asks me to but I wouldn&rsquo&#59;t want to play there permanently.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>Luke was in fine form again in Saturday&rsquo&#59;s goalless draw against Aston Villa &mdash&#59; including a goal line clearance to deny Darius Vassell a goal from the best chance of the match.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;I didn&rsquo&#59;t know too much about the clearance,&rdquo&#59; he said. &ldquo&#59;Sully made a save and I jumped over it because if I&rsquo&#59;d made any contact it would have gone in and as I turned around the ball came off me.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;I think we started really brightly in the first half and that&rsquo&#59;s what you&rsquo&#59;ve got to do at home. We were unlucky not to get a couple of goals in the first half.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;In the second half Villa came out a bit more at us and we seemed to sit back.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;We&rsquo&#59;ve tended to do that in a few games and let teams come at us whereas we should have continued in the same vein as the first half.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;But we needed a clean sheet. We&rsquo&#59;ve been conceding too many goals lately so that was nice.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>