The Blasters will face Tottenham and Crystal Palace Academy teams in the recently concluded Next Generation Cup 2022 in the United Kingdom.
King, a rare one-club man, spent all his career at Tottenham, including his youth football days. After hanging up his boots, he was also Jose Mourinho’s assistant coach during his time at the helm of the North London club.
“He welcomed me. Fans really love a young player who is about to come. They support him and go after him and for me, he did. I feel really comfortable playing for the team. happened and I was fortunate to have had that support throughout my career,” King said on the importance of supporters in the life of an academy player, with an aspiration to become a fan one day.
Kerala Blasters, a widely supported club in the Indian Super League, had their reserve team in the United Kingdom participating in the Next Generation Cup, which was part of the Premier League partnership with Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL).
“Youth growth is huge. I myself managed to play my whole career at Tottenham. Look at someone like Harry Kane, who is now the best striker in the world. He started at the club at a very young age. I always say That it’s important to have players like that because they are an extension of the fans.”
“They understand what it is like to be a fan because they are among them all the time, whether it is family members or friends who are supporters. When new people come to a football club, they are the ones who give them information Can. Need. For us, it’s about letting them know that Arsenal is a game we need to win (laughs),” King said.
King joined Tottenham Academy at the age of 14 and made his senior team debut at the age of 18. The former England international career was plagued by injuries, but in his advice to young Indian footballers, he mentioned that the power of fan support barely got him out. Times.
“Not a single game where the fans were not on my side. Players go through their ups and downs. I had many due to injury problems but it was the fans who always picked me up and motivated me to play longer. I could. I’ve always had a great relationship with my fans. It’s always important to have players from the domestic academy belonging to a football club and I was lucky to have one,” he said.
The 41-year-old was also optimistic about the emergence of an Indian player and possibly playing for a Premier League team in the future. “I hope. There is no reason. It’s about staying in the game. Breaking barriers and showing people what can be done. India has talent and hopefully, we will see one someday.” Soon,” concluded the king.
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