Tyrone Baker Interview
Football-Wonderkids spoke to him about life following his release.
What position do you play?
I am a left winger or midfielder ( the number 8 role). I enjoy playing these 2 positions because they allow me to express myself and contribute a lot to the team.
What your style of play?
I like to beat players 1v1 because it means that I can use all of the skills that i have gained in the past. It also excites me and gives me that adrenaline during the match.
However, I do also like to combine with other players and create chances because it brings a sense of teamwork and defenders can’t get near good combination play.
What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
One of my main strengths as a player is that I can dribble with the ball at a very rapid speed which allows me to sometimes skip past players.
Another one of my strengths is my weight of pass. I’ve worked on it for a long time and i feel that I am good a picking people out.
One of my weaknesses is my weak foot. I need to work on that so my crossing from the left side can improve. Also my heading could do with some work as-well as I am not good at placing the ball with my head.
Where did you start your career?
I started my career at my local Sunday league team Chase side football club when I was 7 years old and was there for about a year and half before getting scouted by Tottenham Hotspur academy.
I can’t remember a lot back then but i remember my first ever position was centre midfielder.
What did you think when you were released by Spurs?
My first thoughts when i got released by spurs were really negative and I started to think that maybe football wasn’t for me. I started to feel very depressed and unhappy.
This feeling lasted for quite a while and I couldn’t concentrate when I was going on other trials.
For me the feeling never really goes away but it is how you deal with it, luckily I have a supportive family that helped me get through it and helped me to think positive again.
You are now at Hornchurch, how is that going?
I am now at semi pro side AFC Hornchurch and it is going well.
I regularly play for their under-23 side and i am still 16 years old going on 17. I have also made 4 first team appearances which is good.
I hope to make many more first team appearances. The first team manager gives me opportunities and I am hoping he gives me many more.
What is the main difference between a club like Tottenham and Hornchurch?
The main difference between a club like Tottenham and Hornchurch is that at Hornchurch nothing is put on a plate for you, you’ve got to work so hard to even get 10 minutes for the first team. Also another difference is the facilities.
Coming from a club like Tottenham which had one of the best training grounds I’ve ever been to and then coming to Hornchurch was a big difference, however I believe it showed me the reality of men’s semi-pro football.
Lastly I believe a club like Hornchurch give their young players a chance to play in the first team more often than a club like Tottenham Hotspur.
What motivates you to be a footballer?
The main reason for why I play football is for my family.
My mum, dad and older brother have taken a lot of time out of their lives to help and support me on my journey and i just want to return the favour by making it pro.
To see them in the stands whilst i am playing professional football would be a dream come true. I also play football for the love of the game and I really enjoy it.
What advice do you have for any young players who find themselves in the same situation you did?
If any young player finds themselves in my situation, the best advice i could give them is just to never give up and always try to look on the brighter side of things.
The pain does not last for a life time, it only will if you let it. You’ve just got to pick yourself back up and get on with it and the better things that will come in the future.
Just stay focused and work hard.