Loan watch special - Grant's Chelsea challenge
24 September 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
On-loan defender Grant Hall is relishing the possibility of facing some of European football’s top names this evening.
The promising centre-half, who played 19 times for our Under-21s last season – even captaining the side towards the end of the campaign, is one of three Spurs youngsters currently enjoying a loan period with League One side Swindon Town.
And the defender is licking his lips at the prospect of facing big-name centre-forwards such as Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres or Demba Ba when Premier League giants Chelsea visit the County Ground tonight in the Third Round of the Capital One Cup.
“It’s going to be a massive test but there is no pressure on us and we’ll just look to go out there and continue playing how we’ve been playing,” said Grant, who played 90 minutes at the weekend as Swindon secured a 3-2 win over Bristol City.
“We won’t change how we play and we’ll just go out there and relax. We have to look at it as another game, although we’re up against some of the best players in the world and a team that has won the Champions League in the last couple of years. It’s a massive test and we know that. Hopefully we’ll be able to cause them a few problems.
“It will be a great experience whoever plays, and you always want to test yourself against the best. Hopefully they will put out a decent team and it will be a test.”
Grant says he’s thriving at Swindon, in an environment where he can enjoy regular first team game time. He went on: “Things are going well, I’m really enjoying it and it’s great to be playing week in, week out.
“It’s a good experience. I’ve not played a lot of league football before so I’m learning all the time.”
Grant added that having Spurs colleagues Alex Pritchard and Ryan Mason alongside him at Swindon has benefitted all three lads in their bid to get their feet under the table at the League One club: “We all settled quickly because we all knew each other. That's been a great help."