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EPL: Tottenham’s coach said I’ll never make it as footballer – Troost-Ekong

Super Eagles Assistant Captain, William Troost-Ekong revealed how his mother felt when the youth team coach at Tottenham told him that he would not make it as a footballer.

Troost-Ekong said his mom, a Dutch, was very upset when the coach Matt de the comment.

The Super Eagles defender said that those degrading words from the coach helped him become what he is today.

Troost-Ekong told Baller Talk’s Femi Ilesanmi, James Alabi and Doe E, “I remember one time he had a meeting with my mom, I think it was after my first year as a scholar and he was like I’m going to be really honest to my mom. Will’s miles off it and at this rate I can’t see him playing even non-league football, League Two, League One.

“I felt like crying and I remember seeing my mom , my mom was upset, I’ve never seen her like that because she backed me against my dad’s will to sign for Spurs at the time.

“I came to England originally to go to school, I went to boarding school which is thoughtful, so was already like a big deal that she did that for me, and then all of a sudden after one year, she’s hearing like this is not really working out so that was the biggest motivation.

“From that moment on, I was like Will you need to sort yourself out and that was the chip on my shoulder every time to be like I am going to show everyone, I’m going to show everyone.”


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