Young midfield maestro featured in the programme before making his debut for Blues...
Prior to making his professional debut in Saturday's 3-2 over Walsall, Luke Amos sat down and spoke to the official matchday programme 'Roots Review'.
Little did he know, when speaking about how he has found his time at Roots Hall and the experience he is gaining, that the game he was about to feature on the front of the programme for would also turn out to be the game he makes his professional debut.
Here is the interview that the on-loan man gave to the matchday magazine in which he spoke about his desire to get a taste in the first team and much more.
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On-loan centre midfielder Luke Amos has been enjoying the experience of being around a first-team environment and, more importantly, feels he’s learned a great deal.
The 20-year-old was brought in by Phil Brown in the January transfer window to bolster Blues’ midfield options and, at the same time, further enhance his football development.
Amos, a product of the Tottenham Hotspur Academy, has played all of his football in the youth teams at the North London club and reached the stage of his career where he was ready for a taste in a first-team.
His chance to impress, prior to the midweek trip to Coventry, has been in the U21 side for Blues, but the youngster has been making great strides to getting that professional debut he craves.
Speaking about his first two months at Roots Hall, Amos told Roots Review: “It’s a brilliant learning experience.
“Coming into a first-team changing room is very different to what I’m used to in the U23s at Tottenham.
“I’m learning a lot every day and I’m learning how the proper men’s game is, so on that side it’s going to really benefit me.”
On the differences between the youth football and first-team, Amos added, “Of course you want to win at U23 level, but the demands each player sets for each other is higher.
“Maybe in the U23s you can get away with some things and nobody will be on your case but here if you let someone else down then they’re on your back and there’s no let off.
“Of course, it’s not relaxed in an U23 side because it still matters and you always want to win, but here it’s most important.
“In the U23s you can maybe not win and play well and they’re not too hard on you but here, if you play well but don’t win there’s no reward or praise for that. It’s all about getting the points. You always take a poor performance over a win than the other way round.”
The dressing room at Blues is littered with experienced players which have all been on hand to help Amos get to grips with his new environment.
“It’s a really good bunch. They helped me settle in really quickly and always give me advice.
“I remember on my first day Anton [Ferdinand] pulled me to one side and said ‘down here you’ve got to do this, you’ve got to do that’.
“It’s definitely going to help my game growing up as a player, being around and learning off of players that have been there and done it like Anton, Marco [Fortune], Woody [Wordsworth] and Tommo [Thompson].
“Hearing their opinions every day is definitely going to help me.”
At Tottenham, Amos has made the bench in the EFL Cup at Anfield and been on tour in pre-season.
And he feels he will go back to White Hart Lane a better player when his loan expires.
“They’re a good bunch [at Spurs] so they’re always asking how you’re doing and how you’re feeling and it’s the same the other way round. I’ve kept in touch with everyone at the club and how the mood is at their place.
“I’ve just got to use this knowledge that I’ve taken on board so when my opportunity to play comes I can showcase it all.
“I’ve done well in the opportunities I’ve had and it’s about being patient and waiting for my time to come and then taking it.
“Football is a crazy game. One week you’re not there and the next game you can be in the team so I’ve just got to keep patient and keep working hard.
“I’m enjoying the experience. It can be a bit frustrating not playing but that’s like every footballer; everyone wants to play.”