BLAIR TURGOTT INTERVIEW
Blair Turgott was born on the 22nd May 1994 in Bromley, Kent. He joined West Ham United Football Club as an 8 year old, playing for the junior sides before progressing through the youth and development squads.
In November 2012, Blair moved to Bradford City on loan and made his professional debut in the FA Cup 2nd round tie against Brentford on 30th November 2012.
Blair has represented his country, winning international honours with England at under 17 & under 19 levels; he was also part of the England squad that featured in the FIFA U17 World Cup.
Having this week extended his loan spell at Bradford City for a third month, Blair is looking to build on the experience he has already gained by being part of the Bradford City squad for the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley.
On the international front, Blair has been included in this week’s England U19 squad to play Denmark and he is hoping to be part of Noel Blake’s England squad that attends this summer’s UEFA U19 European Championships.
1. Football Highlight – “scoring for England in the U17 World Cup match against Canada, coming off the bench and smashing a goal in was quality – an unreal feeling. That goal also made it into the top 10 goals of the tournament.”
2. Football Lowlight – “I would say being an unused sub in U17 World Cup Quarter-Final v Germany. We ended up losing the game that was definitely a low, going out of the tournament. To be fair, that is the only one I can really think of so far, touch wood.”
3. Toughest Opponent – “hmm, that’s a tough one, probably Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) when I came on as a sub. I remember a couple times when I got the ball he was just straight onto me. As soon as I touched the ball, he gave me less space.”
4. Your Strength (As a Player) – “My speed and skill, in terms of running at defenders and trying to commit players.”
5. Your Weakness (As a Player) – “My heading could be a bit better, it is something that I am working on and it’s improving which is good.”
6. Biggest Influence – “Most definitely my parents, from when I was little they have supported me in everything and have been there every step of the way. My dad doesn’t miss a game I play, that has definitely helped me so far in my career, the support from a young age. My brother Courtney has also been a big influence on my playing career, when I was little; I used to watch him play for West Ham and Southend academies. I always want to replicate him by playing football as well. He is always there for me now and to this day gives me advice and helps me out.
7. How does the England training camp, differ from training with Bradford City or West Ham United – “the England camp is different because you don’t have as much time as you do in club level, so as you can imagine its less specific on certain things, as it’s usually leading up to a game or group of games. So it’s more about team shape and patterns of play, the training is of high quality nevertheless. At club level it’s more precise as you have more time to work on specific things.”
8. Do Phil Parkinson & Noel Blake (England Manager) have different management styles – “to be fair, they are both good managers and I have a good relationship with them. Both Phil and Noel are always there to speak to if i have a problem or want to speak to them about things in my game I can improve on or that they are happy with. So both of them, I get on well with and they give me honest evaluations.”
9. What have you enjoyed about being at Bradford City (training, team, fans, town, cup runs) – “I’ve enjoyed my time in Bradford City, it’s been quality and something different. Of course, the cup run stands out, but to be fair, the stadium has a good capacity, as it’s a big club and the fans have been great with me and supported the team to the maximum. The boys here are top drawer as well; ever since day one everyone has been friendly and made me feel welcome. You can tell that it is a good bunch of lads, which you can see by the team spirit and togetherness every time we play. I cannot praise everyone at the club enough; it’s a good club.”
10. Would you consider a move to Bradford City in the summer if offered – “Well of course I am still a West Ham United player, and the purpose of me coming to Bradford was to gain experience and get a feel of first team football, getting out there and seeing what it is all about. So I thank the gaffer for giving me that opportunity to come and play here and show everyone what I am capable of. To be honest, I enjoy it at Bradford City and I’ve learnt something everyday either at training or during a game. Also, it’s been my first loan move; I would say it has been a real eye opener and great taster of what league football is all about. Whilst I am here at Bradford City I will give my all to the cause, as I would do anytime I step onto a pitch, whether that is in training doing head tennis, or playing for England, West Ham or Bradford City.”
11. Where will you be in 5 years time – “Hopefully, I can just maximise my potential and play at the highest level in the game as possible. I would say playing in the Premier League hopefully; the experience I am getting now can only make me better as a player and more equipped for those opportunities.”