Luke who's talking: Part One
English Barclays Premiership
Frustration is written all over Luke Young’s face at the moment.
Injury has robbed him of a lengthy run in the side in Sol Campbell’s absence and ruled him out of England Under-21 action this week.
Still only 21, Young has already made 38 first-team appearances since bursting onto the Premiership scene against West Ham in November 1998.
He is the latest player in our Q&A hotseat — where YOUR favourites answer YOUR questions.
From Paul, Cambridge: How frustrating is it to be injured at the moment?
Luke Young: “It’s come at the wrong time for me. I was happy first of all because I got better but it seemed to get better quite quickly. But it’s got to a certain stage now when it’s not getting any better and it’s getting a little worrying. I think I’m going to get it scanned again and see what the problem is.”
From Tom Costin, London: What is your favoured position to play in?
LY: “My favourite position is right-back but obviously with Stephen Carr at the club it’s going to be almost impossible to shift him out of the first team. I think he is the best right-back in the Premiership by a long way.”
From Russell, Hampshire: Has seeing the immense progress of Stephen Carr helped your own progression?
LY: “Definitely. When Stephen first came into the team it took him a while to get settled but as you can see, the progress he’s made in the last two years has been unbelievable. Given a chance and a run in the side I hope to think I could do something similar.”
From Andy Jones, Suffolk: Do you feel pressure to emulate other player in the England Under-21 set up like Joe Cole and Francis Jeffers to become a key member of the first team at Tottenham?
LY: “It can only help being seen playing well for the Under-21s but my main aim to become a regular at Tottenham rather than worrying about England.”
From Duncan Ross, Oxfordshire: Who do you rank as the best young defender coming through the ranks?
LY: “It’s got to be Ledley King. On the ball he’s so relaxed that I think the manager might even want to play him in midfield. His main position is centre-half at the moment but he’s a big talent.”
From Yoakim Aspelin: Do you think you have the capacity to replace Sol Campbell if he leaves next season?
LY: “Like I’ve said, my main position is full-back and I only really played centre-half due to all the injuries a couple of years ago. That’s where I’ve played most of my games in the first team. I’m completely different to Sol. He’s big, strong, good in the air whereas I try to read the game more and as a smaller player I don’t win as much in the air. I’m a completely different player to Sol so it’s difficult really to answer that question.”
From Gary, Edgware: Before you started playing football professionally did you ever imagine playing in the Premier League?
LY: “Not really because at that age I didn’t really think of making a career in football. I was just going out and playing with my mates on a Sunday and enjoying my football and I didn’t even think about it. It wasn’t until I got to sign my YTS forms at Spurs that I really thought about it.”
Look out for part two of Luke Young’s Q&A on Monday.