The 2018/19 season has been one of great success for a number of Tottenham academy players.
Harry Winks has established himself as a first team central midfielder, Kyle Walker Peters started at the Nou Camp, Oliver Skipp has been used on multiple occasions, and even young Troy Parrott has been take to games as the 19th man.
However, it has been an extremely tough campaign for one young individual, especially after such a promising start.
22-year-old Luke Amos broke through into the fringes of the first team after an impressive pre-season, but proceeded to pick up a cruciate ligament injury just weeks after making his first full team debut.
Even since that moment early in the season, the midfield man has been working tirelessly to get himself back fit and ready for next year.
Amos admitted to the Tottenham website that it is the hardest he has ever worked, but the injury has left him angry and even in tears at moments this season.
He said: “It’s been tough and when you go through a nine-month injury, you are angry about so many things.
“I know it’s part of football. It is what it is. I have to make sure I’m working the hardest I’ve ever worked to get back to where I was and then push on again.
“People always say ‘you’ll come back stronger’ and at the start, I thought ‘yes, I will’ but when you get into it, you really understand that sentiment.
“I’m pushing myself mentally and physically every day. It’s literally blood, sweat and tears. I’ve had cries in the gym. Mentally, it’s like a battle daily.
“The drive for me is to make sure I get through every day without fail. If I want to get to where I want to be, I can’t do anything but give my all every day. That’s the way I see it. I have my end goal and I’m doing everything to make sure I get there.
“It’s a six to nine-month injury and I’m nearly six months in. At the start, I thought to myself ‘can I get back in six months?’ but the specialist said with the season ending in May, there was no point coming back for a couple of weeks when I can aim for May, June and then into pre-season training in July.
“Everything I do now is focused on the first day of pre-season and I’m working towards that when I get there, I’m not just in good shape but the best shape I can possibly be.
“I’m doing a lot on the pitch at the moment. I feel like a footballer again! I’m working with the ball, passing, dribbling, high-intensity running, twisting, and turning. The finishing line is in sight.”
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