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The King's speech

Posted on 27 January 2012  - 12:59

When Ledley King says that this current Spurs squad is the best he has known at White Hart Lane, the sentiment carries a resonance that will echo through the Premier League.

The King's speech

Having started out at Tottenham in 1997, Led has played alongside some outstanding individuals, including the international likes of David Ginola, Darren Anderton, Paul Robinson and Freddie Kanoute.

But King cannot believe the abundance of talent, plus the equally important depth of that pool, that he sees every day at Spurs Lodge.

Speaking in the current issue of Hotspur magazine, King shares the frustration of his own perpetual battle against injury but reveals that he is inspired by the ability around him and desperate to be part of the good times that he knows are ahead.

"When I come off the pitch at the end of a game without injury, I feel relieved," he admits. "I don’t play in pain but I do play in discomfort and there are restrictions – I’ve learned to adapt my game.”

There is no doubt that his playing colleagues know full well that any Spurs team with Led directing operations from the heart of our defence is a better one for his presence.

Yet having played in and watched this side in action, King knows that it possesses many more key components than the Ledley factor.

“This is the best squad I have played in at Tottenham,” he insists. “I really feel that we can do something great this season.”

And when Led talks about “adapting his game,” having summer signing Scott Parker working in front of him may even help extend King’s own playing career!

“Scott amazing,” Ledley tells Hotspur. “He does so much work out there that everyone else’s running stats must be well down because he does it all for you! He protects the back four brilliantly but brings so much more to our cause.”

One lucky reader will win King’s signed match boots in our free-to-enter competition. And Parker is in there himself with his own views on team mates including Gareth Bale and Emmanuel Adebayor.

Other interviews include Younes Kaboul who talks about his determination to make his second spell in a Spurs shirt a time for fans to remember; Bale admits that while he often gets the individual plaudits, our strength is in our unity; and Rafael van der Vaart insists that our collective mental strength will see us through some tough tests ahead.

Meanwhile, a goal might be a rarity for left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto who talks us through his latest rocket strike against Everton.

Coach Joe Jordan reflects on his early days in the game and admits that he always enjoyed playing at the Lane “because they were big matches and the atmosphere was good.” We learn more about emerging teenage player Ryan Fredericks and catch up with Richard Cooke, who now plays for our Legends team.

We find out what Jurgen Klinsmann and David Ginola think of the revolution they are witnessing at their former stomping ground. On that same theme, Ossie Ardiles wishes that he too could make a return to Premier League action and bids farewell as he heads back into football management in Japan.

Television’s DIY man Nick Knowles talks about his love for Tottenham, despite coming from an Arsenal family. And we listen to the banter when 'Gavin & Stacey' star - and big Spurs fan - Mat Horne drops in to see his old pal Michael Dawson at Spurs Lodge.

We look back on the Spurs career of former wing man George Robb with a special obituary and detail the stunning Spurs career of goals maestro Jimmy Greaves.

It’s all in the February issue of Hotspur, our ever-popular monthly magazine that no Spurs fan can be without.