PLAY YOUR OWN GAME
If you’re playing in a trial be brave. You can’t go onto the pitch trying to play like anyone else. You have to play your own game and do what you know you’re good at. If you’re good at dribbling then take players on, if you are good at finishing then get your shots away. Playing to your strengths is the most important thing. Don’t try and do anything different from what’s got you there in the first place. Express yourself and take your chance.
You’ve got to believe in yourself. Know what you can and can’t do and what you’re comfortable with. You’ve got to work harder than most because it’s so hard to come through the ranks in the modern game. You also need to be patient, especially if you’re a young player coming through the system. You’re not going to get put in the spotlight straight away so you have to bide your time and train hard. Always be prepared because you never know when you’re going to be given a chance to impress. When you get that opportunity, you need to take it. That’s what I did and when my chance came around for Tottenham in the Premier League. I was there and ready to take it.
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For more football tips see:
Carl Jenkinson: Dealing with a step up in class
Tony Carr: Dealing with a step up in class
Jonjo Shelvey: Making a step up in class
Oxlade-Chamberlain: Making a step up in class