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Pleat's pride in youth

Posted on 18 May 2004  - 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).

David Pleat takes pride in the emergence and performance of our young players this season.

Mark Yeates, just 19, was the latest to taste Premiership action in our final match of the season at Wolves on Saturday.

The little Irish imp impressed on the right hand side of midfield, a bright display capped by setting up Robbie Keane's opening goal in the 2-0 win.

He joins Rohan Ricketts, Johnnie Jackson, Dean Marney and Stephen Kelly in enjoying first team debuts this season while goalkeeper Rob Burch was on the bench most of the season and Lee Barnard twice an unused substitute.

"It is hard to blood players and we've done well," said David. "Stephen Carr has been suspended and injured and Stephen Kelly has done in and done well.

"Rohan Ricketts has had a few games, John Jackson, Dean Marney, we took him to Old Trafford and put him in.

"I know more about these players having seen them play. We had nine British players out there against Wolves, a very young side and we have blooded more players from out youth system than any other club in the Premiership.

"That doesn't win championships but it states a philosophy that if we add the right players to it, then it will be a very strong group that can go on."