Spurs defender Grant Hall aims to impress on loan at Birmingham
PUBLISHED: 20:02 22 August 2014 | UPDATED: 20:02 22 August 2014
Tottenham’s former development squad captain Grant Hall is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Andros Townsend, Harry Kane and Kyle Walker by catching the eye during his loan spell and progressing into Spurs’ first team.
The 22-year-old centre-back is currently on loan at Birmingham City and, while he is fully committed to the Blues’ Championship campaign, he can’t hide his ambition to force his way into the Tottenham team.
“I look at Andros and he was out on loan nine times before he got his chance in the first team, and obviously he has gone on to do great,” said Hall.
“He has played for England, and the same goes for Harry Kane. He’s played with the England Under-21s after he was sent out on loan to the Championship.
“I think it is definitely a stepping stone that will help you progress your career and go onto that next step. The likes of those players definitely serve as an example.”
Having spent time with Swindon Town last season before a hamstring injury forced him to miss the latter months of the season, Hall appreciates how much he can learn from playing regular football.
“Obviously it is good to go out on loan if you are not going to be involved with Tottenham,” he said. “It is good to go out and get your experience. I’m 22 years old now and I need to be playing games week in, week out.
“I am speaking to Paul Brush, the development coach, and he contacts me each week to see how I am getting on, and he sets targets for me.”
Hall was in action against his former club Brighton when Mauricio Pochettino gave 20-year-old centre-back Eric Dier his first start last weekend.
Dier, a summer signing from Sporting Lisbon, went on to score a late winner for Spurs, and the Lilywhites are expected to sign another centre-back in this transfer window - but Hall is not bothered by the club bringing in players in his position while he is out on loan.
“I don’t really look at that to be honest. I’m focusing on myself and my own game,” he said. “I’m at Birmingham for the season so I’m thinking about what I have got to be doing here.
“I think you have to look at it that way because you can’t get frustrated at seeing players getting signed. It happens at every club. It is good to have competition at the end of the day as well.”
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