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YOUTH PROFILE: JAMIE DAVIS

Posted on 8 March 2006  - 12:00

Jamie Davis admits he thought reserve football would pass him by this season. But it looks like hes timed his return to fitness and form to perfection.

Jamie Davis admits he thought reserve football would pass him by this season. But it looks like hes timed his return to fitness and form to perfection.

A back injury left the winger sidelined and frustrated for a large chunk of the first half of the campaign but he has recovered to first take his place in our Academy line-up and more importantly, push his way into Reserve team reckoning.

The First Year trainee, 17, has started our last five Reserve games including one of his best performances in a Spurs shirt in the crucial 2-1 victory against title rivals Arsenal in front of a packed house at Barnet.

"It's brilliant to be involved,” said Jamie. "I had an injury early in the season and I honestly felt that I wouldn't be involved in the Reserves this season because of that. I got my chance, felt I played well and I've now played a few games.

"The Arsenal game was one of the best I've been involved in. It was nerve-wracking because it was only my fourth start but as soon as I got out there I loved the buzz of the crowd.

"It was one of my best games for the Reserves and probably one of the best since I’ve been at the club and that’s important because you have to take your chances when you get them."

Academy coach Pat Holland is pleased that Jamie’s talents have started to come to the fore again. "It’s taken a little time but in the last few weeks Jamie has started to get more understanding of his game and the role of a wide player,” said Pat.

"I thought the best I saw him was in a recent Academy game against Villa when he had a purple patch for about 20 minutes.

"For him to take that into the Reserves and especially against Arsenal has to give him confidence. When he gets even more understanding of what his job is all about – getting in behind defenders and possibly scoring scoring goals as well - that will be terrific."

In the meantime, Jamie has a simple aim for the rest of the campaign. "The injury was a nightmare and now I want to play as many games for the Reserves as possible," he added.

"Hopefully I’ll stay involved through to the end of the season."

To that end, he’s certainly made an impression with Reserve coach Clive Allen. "Jamie's doing very well,” said Clive. "He's got good pace and he's learning his game in terms of playing as a winger.

"I felt in the early stages of the game against Arsenal he was our biggest threat and what I liked was that he was looking to pick players out with his crosses and that's what we're asking of him. He's progressing nicely, looks more confident and that will come with experience and being in the Reserve group."