At a time when Croatian pigeons are fleeing the nest for Spanish pastures and teams are asking for over 20 million quid for any old pile of s***, it’s good to see we have some young talent to fall back on when times do get really hard.
Caulker looks every inch a future England centre back, Tom Carroll is only a little lad, bless him, but he’s got that touch of class that reminds me of said pigeon, Andros Townsend looks he could be good player if he could figure out how to pass the ball and striker Harry Kane has a great...erm...err...name.
But the boy looking like surpassing all of the above is Jake Livermore. For a player who has never represented England at any youth level and was basically unheard of unless you are Spurs Under-19 diehard, Livermore is punching higher and higher above his weight, but those punches are hitting the mark.
When asked after the game what did it feel like to score against the best team in the world? Jake replied 'Score against the best team in the world? I play for them.'
Fresh from his first England cap (that’s right a senior England cap for a lad who was over looked for the Under-21 European Championships in favour of Michael “the new Jenas” Mancienne) Jake is impressing more and more with every appearance. He’s not like Huddlestone with a superb passing range, nor is he as combative as Parker or Sandro, but he is the type of player who does all the little things right. Nothing too flash or fancy, no needless lunging tackles, he just gets the ball and keeps it moving with an unsung grace that benefits the team more than the player himself.
This mentality has been apparent since he scored his first Spurs goal in 2009 in the pre-season Wembley Cup against Barcelona where we drew 1-1. When asked after the game what did it feel like to score against the best team in the world? Jake replied “Score against the best team in the world? I play for them.” (How legendary is that?)
Jake plays with a simplicity that is beautiful in its accuracy and selflessness and can only help get the best from the “superstars” that surround him. Now i’m not saying that the boy is a world beater, but if he can keep improving in the next few years like he has done in the previous, then he’s got a bright future and we, the Spurs faithful, have a great player.