Interview Tash Tezgel

TASH TEZGEL

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Personal Details

Club:
West Bromwich Albion Women
Full Name:
Tash Tezgel
Nationality:
English
Date of Birth:
28-09-1991
Place of birth:
Stoke-on-Trent
Position:
Centre Midfielder
Shirt number:
16

Career

2009-2019
Stoke City FC (Women)
2019-
West Bromwich Albion Women

Interview

Introduce yourself… (Who are you ?)

My name is Tash Tezgel and I play for WBA.

Tash, what type of midfielder are you ?  

I am a centre midfielder, I prefer to play a holding midfielder role, a classic number 4, I look to win headers, break down play, switch and dictate play. I would say I’m a natural leader and have good communication skills and like to motivate others around me.

Who are the most important people within football environment?

I think the most important people within the footballing environment are your team mates, I think if you have a set of team mates that are all on the same page and are committed to the cause then there isn’t much more you can wish for. To have a tight bond off the pitch is key to a team on the pitch. The squad is what matters, 11 players get picked on a Sunday but it takes 16/20 players each week throughout training and games to push you to be the best. If you can sit next to someone in the changing rooms and know that you’re backed and valued by everyone around you, that’s when you see results on the pitch.

Who was the player, or players, you looked up to most growing up, and why?

The player I looked up to most growing up was Steven Gerrard, he was a player I idolised and always looked for guidance. He was a natural leader who wore his heart on his sleeve and that’s what I believe I do as a player myself. He was committed, loyal and always gave everything he could. A fantastic footballer who had it all.

Why and how did you start playing football at Stoke City FC Women? And who helped you the most?

I had trials at Stoke, I’d been at the club prior in the CoE, and then left due to personal reasons. I trailed at the Dome and I can remember being really nervous, I had planned to go for weeks, yet the day came and I wasn’t going to go. My friend forced me into going and the rest was history. I wasn’t fit enough, but the gaffer at the time Steve Swanwick took a chance on me and there’s nobody else that I can thank for 10 great years other than him.

You have spent 10 years at the Potters (Stoke City FC Women). How did you experience these period?

10 years of ups and downs, is the best way to describe it. I met some of my best friends at the club and people I will forever stay in contact with. We won countless county cups, we had a treble winning season, we had cup finals. There wasn’t many years we didn’t reach a final or win some silverware. But there was also some very low points personally in my career personally there, but I believe everything happens for a reason and every time things did take a knock, I’m proud that I come back fighting every time.  Stoke is and always will be a huge part of my life, and I have nothing but respect for them as a club. I wouldn’t change any of my experiences there and was great full and honoured to have played for the badge, and that won’t ever change.

In November 2019, you signed at your current club West Bromwich Albion Women. Did you noticed a lot of difference between the clubs ?

There is differences between the 2 clubs, but I would say there is ways things are done differently at all different clubs as each club has their own way of running or being managed. I’m extremely happy to be at baggies and since the beginning of November I’ve been welcomed into the club with open arms. I feel valued and appreciated, the girls have been fantastic and there is an incredible bond here. I’m happy and I’m really enjoying my football and that’s all that matters. I have to thank Louis for that as he’s made sure I’ve settled in and everyone has made it incredibly easy to do so.

What is the most important football lesson you have learned and who taught you that?

The most important lesson I’ve learnt is no matter how many times you get knocked back, you always have to keep fighting. I taught this myself. I’ve had numerous knock backs throughout my career and I wouldn’t change a single one of them, because it’s made me the person and player I am today. I have proved people wrong, and earned my place on a number of occasions after falling out of favour for only reasons that I was in control of. I appreciate every knock back I’ve had but know mentally I will always come back stronger and with a bigger point to prove.

Tash, what is your proudest moment of your career so far?

Proudest moment of my career was winning the treble at Stoke, and getting promoted into the then called Northern Premier League. I was always proud to play on the bet365 stadium. Growing up in Stoke, it’s a fortress for many and although not a stoke supporter myself, having been there for so long, I had a soft spot for the club, so it always felt incredible to walk out at the bet365 and use the facilities.

What are your targets for the rest of this season?

Our season is only just beginning. We have had a number of postponements so we’ve only played 8 league games. I’ve played 1 league game since joining so I’m really excited for us to kick on in the league again. We’re in 2 cup finals, in which I’m eligible to play in the county cup final against Wolves which I’m really looking forward to, a big derby and that’s one we desperately want to win. I’m looking forward to watching the girls hopefully retain the plate this year, again something we all really want to do. Finally just finish the league in the strongest possible way and start to look forward and think about the upcoming season. So hopefully 2 cup final wins and a healthy league position is what I’d love to see us achieve.


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