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ROUTLEDGE RATES SKILL DRILLS

Posted on 9 January 2006  - 12:00

Wayne Routledge reports he is enjoying the benefit of Ricardo Moniz's training methods since his return from injury.

Wayne Routledge reports he is enjoying the benefit of Ricardo Moniz's training methods since his return from injury.

The winger is pretty much back in full swing on the training front having recovered from the foot fracture he sustained on the opening day of the season and he made his first team comeback as a substitute in our last home game against Portsmouth.

Wayne received a number of after-training tutorials from Edgar Davids in pre-season and was looking forward to resuming those sessions, but feels he can add to his game with help of Skills Trainer Ricardo who joined the coaching staff from PSV Eindhoven at the end of September.

we now have Ricardo here and I have been doing quite a lot of work with him since I started training again

"Normally players will beat you with pace but, with Ricardo's help, it is not all about pace and you use your technique. If I can add that to my pace then I can only improve.

"I remember seeing the sessions he was doing when he first came and couldn't believe it. It is the complete reverse of coaching I've had before and it looks at the game from a different perspective. It has been good," he continued, before adding that he has noted the contribution to the team of his summer midfield mentor.

"You've seen what he has bought to the team already, people call him the Pit Bull and he has shown all that determination. He never wants to lose or give the ball away and that attitude can only be good for me and the rest of the squad."