Tottenham academy product speaks out ahead of imminent return to White Hart Lane
By Matt Farr
Bournemouth defender Charlie Daniels has admitted it will be ‘very special’ returning to White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Daniels, 30, is set to represent the Cherries against Tottenham in the Premier League this weekend, having spent four years as a youngster in the Spurs academy.
He was handed a professional contract at Spurs in 2005, but he failed to make a senior appearance for his boyhood club, spending much of his time at Tottenham on loan at other clubs.
He eventually quit the north London outfit in 2009, when he signed permanently for Leyton Orient, following a successful loan spell.
However, Daniels is relishing the prospect of facing his former club at their iconic ground on Saturday, insisting it will be a ‘great occasion’.
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He told the Sun: “It will be a great occasion. I’m sure that White Hart Lane will be buzzing, just like it was against Watford last weekend.
“It’s very special for me going back there – because I didn’t think it would ever happen when I left and found myself at Orient in League One.
“It’s a long, long way from the top flight, so to go there as a Premier League player is very special. It will be a sad day when they do end up leaving White Hart Lane, it’s such a historic ground.”
Since arriving at Bournemouth in 2011, Daniels has played an integral part of their meteoric rise through the ranks.
The defender scored four goals as Bournemouth were promoted to the Championship ahead of the 2013-14 season, and was ever-present as they sealed immediate promotion to the top-flight.
He has made 28 appearances this term as the Cherries prepare to face-off against his former club on Saturday, who are flying high in second place.
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