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February 2, 2015

I was delighted to catch up with Luke Carey of Charlton Athletic's Academy for a short interview. The attacker who enjoys playing in a deep-lying role, has the world at his feet. Impressively, Carey has already made a string of appearances in the clubs under-18's squad, despite being such a young age; and it's easy to see why when he pops up with strikes like that of the one shown below:

What would you describe as your strongest attribute?

"I'd probably say that my strongest attribute is my ability to use both feet without having to worry which one is weaker. It is a lot easier to play once you're confident on both sides."


What part of your game do you think you need to improve in order to become a better player?

"My key aim for becoming a better player is to work on the defensive side of my game. In particular I feel that I need to improve both my tackling and heading abilities, as although I am tall, I'm often found quite vulnerable in the air."


If you could emulate the career of any player, who would it be and why?

"If I could emulate the career of any player, then it would be Thierry Henry's. In my opinion he was the perfect attacker, and is also a legend at my favourite club, Arsenal."


What professional player would you liken your abilities to?

"I'd probably liken myself to Neymar in the way that I play; I'm confident on both feet and am a good dribbler, however much like him I'm not very strong and am weak in the air."


What would be your dream club?

"My dream club to play for would have to be Arsenal. This is because I've supported them all my life and love their style of play. I also love the stadium and would be honoured to play their week in week out."


What is your overall goal?

"My dream has always been to play for my country at a senior level and also play in the Premier League, so to achieve that would be fantastic."


And finally, do you feel any pressure to succeed?

"I wouldn't call it pressure as such because I know how difficult it'll be to make it and how hard I'll have to continue to work, however I will be disappointed in myself if I don't achieve my dreams as I know that I'm more than capable of doing so."



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