Youth Profile - David Hicks
Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).
Victory over neighbours Arsenal was an excellent boost for our Under-17s side and gave David Hicks a timely confidence lift as well.
The 3-1 win at Spurs Lodge recently was just what the team needed following a couple of setbacks and David in particular was delighted to play a part in such a key result.
The 17-year-old Enfield born lad admits that despite a good start to the season he had gone through a bit of a dip in form, but this result will no doubt do wonders for his morale, as he played all but the final five minutes of the game.
"It has been going well but I went through a bad patch which was disappointing so I'm hopefully getting over that now," says David, a left-footed central midfielder.
"I know I've been a bit inconsistent, I've had some good games and some bad ones but I've been working hard and I think maybe things are about to turn around for me again now."
David has been at the club since he was nine and was invited into our Academy last summer, a move which naturally delighted him.
"I was shocked and excited when I found out," he explains. "As an Under-16, I worked really hard to try to make sure I got accepted in so it was great when I found out the news. Pre-season went well but it was very hard, I wasn't used to running every day and it soon took its toll!"
David was part of the Under-19s squad that travelled to Belgium on a pre-season tour and found it tough but enjoyable. "It was a lot more physical than I had been used, but I don't mind getting a challenge in. Playing for the Under-19s has to be my aim now for next season and maybe even get a run out for the Reserves.
"It's hard to break into the Reserve side, but if you're playing well then you'll get the chance, maybe not a full game but 10 or 15 minutes at the end and then you can build on that."
With his confidence levels rising again, David is now looking for a strong end to the campaign but he knows that won't come without hard graft and commitment.
"I'm always working to improve my game, I know I need to work on a few things," he says. "I've been told my passing is one of my strengths, but I think I could improve my tackling, which will come with coaching and more practice."
Coach's Comments - Jimmy Neighbour
David has started okay at the Academy and is a good lad with the right attitude for the game. He is a midfielder who works hard at his football but he knows he must improve certain areas of his game if he wants to progress.
He's played regularly for the Under-17s and has made some reasonable performances, but he can be a bit inconsistent which is something he must eradicate. David also needs to be a bit more positive in the way he plays, but generally he's making the right kind of progress and he's doing okay.