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ON THE UP

Posted on 8 February 2006  - 12:00

Danny Murphy says he has admired the genuine progress made by our team since the appointment of Martin Jol in November 2004.

Danny Murphy says he has admired the genuine progress made by our team since the appointment of Martin Jol in November 2004.

The deadline day signing from Charlton Athletic believes the squad possesses the depth and quality to continue moving in the onwards and upwards manner he has observed from afar or come up against on the pitch.

"I think, first and foremost, you notice it when you play against a team or watch a game on the telly," said the midfielder. "When you play a team and they play good football and cause you problems, you think 'they are good side' and come off the pitch saying that.

"I talk to friends at other clubs and they have spoken very highly of the way Tottenham are playing.

"You look around the squad now and it is not just one or two players, it is six, seven or more who can change games and have that quality.

"You look at the game on Tuesday night, for example, Jermain Defoe - who is one of England's top goalscorers - is on the bench because the quality of the squad is so high.

"That is fantastic for everyone involved. I am a believer that a big squad and healthy competition means your performances are better anyway. I was used to that at Liverpool, we had big squads and everyone was always on their toes."

Meanwhile, Danny added he is happy to enter the squad as something of an elder statesman at the age of 28. The only regulars of a similar or greater age being Paul Stalteri, Lee Young-Pyo and Edgar Davids.

"Yes and it is something a little bit different, I suppose. I am quite looking forward to that part of it because over the years you do pick up things and learn how to deal with certain situations a little bit better as you have been through them.

"If I can pass on any of that to the young lads, or even to one, then that is what my position will be about as well.

"I need to produce my ability on the pitch too, but the experience I have had over the years in the Premiership and playing in Europe could help the younger lads because, if they do have any problems or feel there is something they need to talk about, then players like myself can maybe help them.

"When I was a young player I benefited from working with players who had been there and done it - it definitely helped me."