Ledley's case for the defence
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Glenn Hoddle has confirmed that, despite Ledley King's grounding in midfield last season, he is looking at our homegrown starlet very much in terms of his defensive qualities ahead of the new campaign.
Ledley returned to the fold after injury in the win over Wycombe on Saturday, turning in an accomplished performance alongside Chris Perry and Goran Bunjevcevic at the heart of our defence, and Glenn was full of praise for his contribution.
"He missed five days training, so he's been a little bit behind and then he had a couple of days training before the Wycombe game. I was going to play him in the reserves, but I thought 'no, we can't wait and wait and wait', the injury wasn't going to be in any danger.
"These are all the things you have to assess as a manager and we've gave him the 90 minutes. He played very, very well, but for a youngster, he made one mistake that could have cost us the win - and that's something he's got to learn.
"I was delighted with his overall performance and he can learn from that because it was a pre-season game and it's not going to hurt you if he learns from mistakes in a game like that."
Asked whether he sees Ledley competing for a place at the back or in the middle for the coming season, Glenn pointed out that competition for central berths is going to be fierce.
"Yes, I think we've got a lot of punch in midfield, a lot of opportunities for people to put pressure on each other. I know he can play in midfield, I haven't worked with him in midfield, but at the moment I looking at the situation at the back."
By Richard Hubbard