Luke's clean sweep
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Luke Young is hoping his new role at Spurs may sweep under the carpet his fears of being able to nail down a permanent place in the side.
Young has always worried that his versatility might work against him.
He has played in just about every defensive and midfield position since bursting onto the scene in November 1998 but has yet to make one position his own.
But a change in tactics could mean a change in Young’s luck.
George Graham reverted to a five-man defence — three centre-backs and two wing-backs with Young in the sweeper’s role — in the second half of last week’s Worthington Cup exit against Birmingham City. Already 3-0 down at the break, the system changed the game and Spurs ‘won’ the second half 1-0.
The manager stuck with the system against Sunderland on Saturday and Young excelled behind Ramon Vega and Chris Perry.
It’s a position that seems perfect for Young’s strengths — good on the ball, able to pick a pass while his pace and natural defensive ability can cover potential danger — and all he needs now is for the boss to stick with the system. But Young fears the team will revert to a 4-4-2 system when Sol Campbell returns.
Young explained: “I enjoy it as sweeper. We used to play it in the youth team quite a lot and I used to play a similar position. I like playing there. It suits me and it’s probably made for me that kind of position.
“If the manager is going to continue to play that system then obviously I’d like him to do that because it would give me the chance to get some games under my belt. But I think maybe when Sol comes back he’ll revert back to the flat back four.”
That could signal the end of Young’s involvement in the starting eleven — a situation he is realistic enough to accept yet hopes will not materialise.
“I’ve always said that you need a run in the team for confidence to grow,” added the England Under-21 star.
“Coming in for one game and then being left out is hard to do and you don’t get the chance to get your confidence up. All I want is a run in the side.”
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