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The importance of being loaned

Jake Livermore has spoken about how going out on loan contributed hugely to his growth as a player.

Jake’s career to date has included loan spells with MK Dons, Derby County, Peterborough United, Ipswich Town and Leeds United. Alongside all that, he also found time to make his Spurs league debut at Stoke City in March, 2010.

So before this season even started he’d played almost 50 senior games at his various clubs so was certainly ready to seize his chance when it came along. His has been an apprenticeship second to none, but all credit to Livermore for having reached this stage at the age of 22.

He certainly needed that inner confidence when, as a teenager, he set off on his loans - while lining up in a Spurs midfield alongside the international likes of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart, Scott Parker, Aaron Lennon, Sandro, Niko Kranjcar and company would be asking a lot of a more experienced player.

“I’ve always appreciated that you have to earn respect wherever you go – whether it be to Derby or to be part of this current Spurs side. You can’t be carried; or be a luxury. But you do need help and you have to appreciate it when it’s offered.

“I would agree that going on loan made that transition easier for me and I enjoyed the experience. It was good to play in men’s’ football, to know that you’d be playing at 3pm on the Saturday.

“But coming back to Tottenham was even better! Knowing that I’d be playing with good players, in a good system and playing the kind of football that I wanted to play and was brought up to play.

“Returning to Spurs made me appreciate so much. Just the size of the club, the players, the coaches, people who can help you forward your career. I also appreciated a decent weighted pass!

“But, seriously, I did learn a lot out on loan and I’m thankful for the support I had at all my clubs. There is obviously a big gulf and there was a lot of pressure to get three points in an environment where the performance has to be secondary to the result so you might go route one to achieve that.

“The biggest thing I was taught was how to see out games and just make sure you win them. That’s a crucial lesson to learn at any level. And there are lots of experienced players down there – like Robbie Savage who was great to me at Derby - who can teach you so much in competitive games.”