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Scott: I want to test myself against the best

Striker excited for Spurs challenge.

24 January 2021

Scott Kashket says he hopes Tottenham field their strongest possible XI on Monday night to enable him to test himself against some of the best defenders in world football.

Wanderers' leading goalscorer this season is a boyhood Spurs fan and featured in the 4-3 thriller at the same stage of the FA Cup at White Hart Lane four years ago.

Then he was a League 2 player, but he's played a large part in the Chairboys' rise up the leagues - and hope his own personal development enables him to go further.

"I'd like Spurs to play their best team," he told the press. "They're one of the top teams in the world and I'd like to test myself against them and see what I can do. It would be good to learn from their defenders, to see what their attackers are doing well, and take it into my own game.

"I want to play at the highest possible level and that would teach me what I need to do to get there. From what I know of Jose Mourinho, I think he's a really respectful manager who will want to win this competition and I'm sure they'll be really strong on Monday night.

"For me, I feel like my greatest season is still to come. I will always carry that confidence. I've always had people saying to me that I can't be successful because of my size or other things, but I've worked hard and I'm in the Championship now. One day I'd like to play even higher."

The 24-year-old admitted he'd have preferred to meet a side lower down the pyramid at this stage to give the club greater chance at a prolonged run in the competition, but knows that a victory over the Premier League giants could be a springboard for success in the league.

"You want to go as far as you can in the FA Cup and I think this season especially you're not getting the full effect of these games against the big clubs because the fans aren't in the grounds to enjoy it.

"But if we win we'd be able to take such confidence into the league and believe we can beat anyone."

Scott's fortunes are looking much brighter compared to this time a year ago, when he was suspended from all footballing activity for two months due to gambling offences prior to his arrival at Adams Park. Just before his ban was due to end, the country was placed into lockdown, football cancelled, and leaving Scott with a long path back to reaching his peak.

"At first it was really difficult, not being allowed around my team-mates or being able to train or play," he said. "But after that I told myself to turn every negative into a positive, I built up my strength, and it's shown this season because I've been fit for every game and training session.

"The manager showed faith in me and I was always be thankful for that. A lot of managers wouldn't have done that, but it was brilliant for me to have the support of the club and it showed I mean a lot to them too.

"I haven't played under that many managers but Gareth is always upbeat, always positive, and definitely different to the rest. When you've got a manager who would never ask you to do something that he wouldn't do himself, it gets passed down the club and everyone works hard for him. He can never stand still - even after his back operation he was jumping around and wanting to be involved - and that's just how he is."

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