DAN THE FAN: Spurred on to success by a posse of hungry youngsters (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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DAN THE FAN: Spurred on to success by a posse of hungry youngsters
1:32pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in Football
WHAT with dumping QPR out the Capital One Cup and being handed a glamour tie against Chelsea, August has ended on a near-perfect note on and off the pitch.
Town brushed aside a lacklustre Crewe Alexandra kast weekend, after the opening goal, our attacking Spurs trio easily putting the game to bed.
A lot has been made about the club’s connections to Tottenham and that we have more than half a dozen former and current youth players from White Hart Lane – but I don’t see a problem.
Ryan Mason, Alex Pritchard, Mass Luongo, Grant Hall, Nathan Byrne and Jack Barthram all played together in youth teams and understand each other on the pitch. That was plain to see last Saturday.
In modern football, a lot of a younger pros just sit at their clubs, collecting dust and playing pointless reserve team football.
The majority of older professionals will tell you going out on loan to the lower leagues helped them develop, as a player and a person.
Over the years Town have played a small part in developing players like Tim Flowers, Shay Given, Michael Carrick and James Milner by giving them a chance to show their talent.
An added bonus is Luongo joining on a permanent deal.
He is a class above many opposition players and we’ve signed by far our best outfield player for £400,000 on a three-year deal.
Despite a slow start to the transfer window, our squad now looks like it can at least compete for a top six place.
Seventeen new arrivals have joined Mark Cooper’s squad over the summer, and 16 have moved on.
Just as important have been new deals for key players Wes Foderingham, Darren Ward and Nathan Thompson.
It’s been a huge overhaul, but the new style of football pushed by chairman Jed McCrory has quickly become popular.
It will be a real test of Cooper’s management when Town come up against a team who manage to stop us playing our natural style.
A tough run of September fixtures starts with a trip to face M K Dons live on Sky Sports on Saturday (12.15pm).
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