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Crystal Palace FC
Maidstone United FC
So Michael – tell us a bit about yourself!
22 Years of age, known football my whole life. Grew up in South London. I’m a versatile player who can play right back. centre back, holding midfield, number 10. I prefer to play number 8 role but I’m currently doing the holding role this season at Wealdstone FC.
What are your specific qualities as a football player?
I would say I have a good range of pass, composed on the ball, aggressive, strong, powerful.
Who was the player, or players, you looked up to most growing up, and why?
I would say Wilshere when he was at Arsenal, Lampard, Scholes and Pirlo.
Who are the most important people within football environment?
My dad had a big part in my football career as he was taking me to football training every Tuesday and Thursday. Also I had my uncle who was pushing and training me when I was younger to get into football.
Michael, you began your football career at the Crystal Palace’s academy. How did you get into the youth of Crystal Palace FC ? And who helped you the most?
I was playing for a Sunday league team call Lewisham youth and I got scouted for Millwall and Crystal Palace but I decided to sign for Crystal Palace and it went on from there and I went on and progressed to signed my first professional contract at the age of 16. Jamie Waller and Ben garner was a coach that helped me in my academy days.
By Crystal Palace you was the top goal scorer of the Under-18s side in 2014/15 season. How did you experienced the youth competitions?
I would say before 2014-2015 I wasn’t up there of being one of the best players in my team but when I joined a school/football programme Scheme that allowed me to train every day I improved massively. Once I kept scoring from midfield, I couldn’t stop scoring. Also training with the u23s at the age of 16 put a massive impact in my football life.
After your time by Crystal Palace you moved to Maidstone United FC. Did you noticed a lot of difference between the clubs ?
I would say the style of play was a lot Different to what I was used to. I wasn’t used to long ball and playing against men week in week out. But after a few game I got the hang of it. The biggest tester was moving from full time football to training 2-3 times a week. That was a big factor in my football career.
You was voted Maidstone United’s Player of the Season in 2018/19 after your first full season in men’s football. How important was the price of player of the season for you ?
It was great achievement for myself personally. But that season I learnt a lot about myself and I had a lot of highs and low.
What were your highs and lows during your football career?
I would say the highs was making my professional debut in Hong Kong against Liverpool and West Brom. Also being around first team every day. training, travelling and being on the bench in the premier league 7 times.
My lowest time is being relegated with Maidstone United.
Michael, what are your personal goals for the rest of this season?
Winning the league with Wealdstone and taking them into the national league.