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Matt answers your questions

Posted on 1 July 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Young starlet, Matthew Etherington, 18, is one of Spurs' great hopes for the future. As a left-footed midfielder, he might just have a say for England too. Here, Matt answers the questions put to him by you, the Spurs fans.

From: R Nachif: Do you think Spurs could go on to the Champions league?

ME: Yes. With a couple more signings like Rebrov and Sullivan, I don't see why they can't do it in the next couple of years.

From: Pegge: Do you think that Tottenham can make it into Europe after next season?

ME: Without a doubt.

From: Ankur Desai: Do you think you have it in you to become first choice winger in case Ginola departs?

ME: I feel that I could fill his boots, although it would be such a big thing to do because he is such a hero. But yes I am looking to take his spot if he goes.

From: Mark Allen: How long do you think it will take to establish yourself as a Spurs regular?

ME: I'm only 18, so I'm not expecting to get straight in. My aim is to stay in and around the squad and take it from there.

From: Paul Manning: Do you think that you and Simon Davies will benefit from playing together already when you play at White Hart Lane, and is Simon a defensive midfielder?

ME: Most definitely, we know each other inside out from Peterborough and I'm sure it will help because we know each other's game. Simon is more of an attacking midfielder, or he was at Peterborough.

From Ian Bellamy: Did any other clubs put bids in for you?

ME: There were a few offers from Premiership clubs when I was 16, but I was not tempted as it was not the right time to go.

From Mike Scott: Have you been impressed with the Tottenham set-up since joining from your last club?

ME: Without a doubt. It is a different world. Everything is there for you from the coaching staff and training ground to White Hart Lane.

From Zac Lazari: What are the main differences you have noticed moving up from Peterborough to the mighty Spurs?

ME: The physical side is not too different - Division Three is a very physical division. The technique is much better and mine has improved since arriving. It is also quicker and you have to be sharper mentally.

From Michael Chalk: Which current Peterborough players do you think are ready to move up to a higher level?

ME: Adam Drury is capable of making the leap, he is a very good left back, and Gareth Jellyman, who is a left midfielder.

Matthew answers more of your questions tomorrow.


Photographs courtesy of Action Images Ltd.

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