Tottenham youngster: Why loan deal away has been hard

Grant Ward has highlighted the differences between League One and Under-21 football.

Ward, 20, is on loan at League One side Coventry, and he has told the official website how the football he is playing compares to the Under-21 level.

The defender said: “Compared to the Under 21s, these games in League One are tough, it's all about winning and they are more intense. That is the difference. You don't get that in other matches.”

Ward has made five appearances in the Football League so far, and is set to retain his first-team role with the Sky Blues until the end of the season.

He had previously enjoyed a spell with MLS side Chicago Fire last season, but the step up to League One has proven large for the youngster.

A frequent fixture at Under-21 level for the Lilywhites, Ward is following the usual path taken by young players in the search for first-team football.

Having progressed from Under-21 to League One, and showing an adeptness at coping with the more competitive nature of the Football League, Ward is likely to be looking at a loan move to the Championship next term.

If he can impress in the second tier - once again a step up from League One - he should consider his chances of securing a playing spot at Spurs fairly high, and he will likely be looking at the examples of Harry Kane and Ryan Mason as hope for a first-team role.

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