Luke's learning curve
07 April 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Luke McGee admitted our Under-21s felt like they should have done better in Wednesday night’s loss to Middlesbrough.
The 20-year-old stopper came into the side and played 90 minutes at Stevenage, but was powerless to prevent us from suffering a 2-1 defeat against a strong and determined Boro side in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.
“It definitely wasn’t the best game and there were a lot of errors from the beginning really,” he said.
“We didn’t quite find our rhythm, Middlesbrough got an early goal and then set up to defend and go long and we couldn’t really deal with it.
“In the last 15 or 20 minutes at 2-1 we gave it a really good go, we had some good chances, their keeper made a couple of good saves but it was probably too late by then and it was very disappointing not to get at least a draw.”
The match against Boro represented Luke’s fifth appearance of the season for the Under-21s, with the Academy product regularly training, travelling and warming up with the first team alongside Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm throughout the campaign.
He was named on the senior bench for the Europa League trip to Fiorentina and subsequent FA Cup tie against Crystal Palace in February after Hugo took a knock and he says he’s thrilled to have the opportunity to learn in the first team environment at such a young age.
“Obviously training every day with Hugo, Michel and Toni Jimenez, our Goalkeeping Coach, is helping me improve massively and you can pick up little things from everyone,” he added.
“They all help me out in different ways and they’re great people to learn from. Being in and around it all gives you a nice taste of what’s hopefully to come and it makes you even more hungry to succeed.
“The better we’re doing on the pitch, the more you want to be involved in it as well. The lads are coming in and performing well and it just makes you work harder in everything you do. It’s all very positive for me and as long as I have the right attitude and work ethic, I’m sure I’ll be able to make progress too.”