Aussie teen spurred on by AVB

Celebration ... Giancarlo Gallifuoco celebrates a Spurs goal (Picture courtesy Tottenham Hotspur) Source: Tottenham Hotspur FC

Australian young midfielder Giancarlo Gallifuoco is hoping that this season will see his breakthrough into Tottenham Hotspur's first-team squad.

Sydney-born Gallifuoco, 19, is in the second term of his two-and-a half-year contract with the famous north London club.

And after playing regularly and with distinction for Spurs' under-21 side in the equivalent English premiership, Gallifuoco said he had high hopes for the forthcoming season.

"I am the kind of person who does not like to look too much into the future," Gallifuoco said.

"I would much rather concentrate on my next step.

"I have played with the first team in a friendly against Enfield Town and I feel I have progressed to such an extent that I am a more reliable player.

"So if I keep working hard and well I feel like my chance will come this season. I hope so, anyway.

"Being in the squad for a competitive game would be a great step forward for me."

Gallifuoco was full of praise for head coach Andre Villas-Boas who has taken the time to speak to him about his progress.

"He told me he was pleased with the way I was progressing and he urged me to work even harder so he could make me a better player," he said.

Gallifuoco said that coming to London was the best thing that could have happened to him.

"I feel very good and very happy at Tottenham," Gallifuoco said.

"I consider myself a very lucky footballer to be at such a club.

"You get looked after very well here.

"It is hard to pinpoint one area but I feel that every part of my game has improved.

"I have trained many times with the first team under three of the best coaches in Europe so that has helped me a lot.

"So far this season I have trained as much with my group as with the first team.

"In fact I did a few sessions of pre-season with the first team.

"And the good thing is that the coaches seem to be happy with me.

"I can play and have played in central defence or as a defensive midfielder.

"More importantly I can feel like a professional player now."

Source: SBS