Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore says his extensive loan experience has helped his development.
"I’ve always appreciated that you have to earn respect wherever you go – whether it be to Derby or to be part of this current Spurs side. You can’t be carried; or be a luxury. But you do need help and you have to appreciate it when it’s offered," Livermore told the Spurs website.
“I would agree that going on loan made that transition easier for me and I enjoyed the experience. It was good to play in men’s’ football, to know that you’d be playing at 3pm on the Saturday.
“But coming back to Tottenham was even better! Knowing that I’d be playing with good players, in a good system and playing the kind of football that I wanted to play and was brought up to play.
“Returning to Spurs made me appreciate so much. Just the size of the club, the players, the coaches, people who can help you forward your career. I also appreciated a decent weighted pass!
“But, seriously, I did learn a lot out on loan and I’m thankful for the support I had at all my clubs. There is obviously a big gulf and there was a lot of pressure to get three points in an environment where the performance has to be secondary to the result so you might go route one to achieve that."