Hodson is happy out of the limelight

Lee Hodson
Lee Hodson

Lee Hodson admits he doesn’t mind missing out on the spotlight as long as he’s doing his job well.

The 21-year-old right back signed from Watford in the summer and has been ever-present in the team this season.

But while the focus has been on the young attacking quartet of George Baldock, Jason Banton, Dele Alli and Patrick Bamford, Hodson is going about his business somewhat under the radar - not that he minds too much.

“The forwards are the ones that get noticed and the ones who get the big moves,” he said. “Everyone remembers who scored the goals, but no-one remembers who kept the clean sheets!

“But that’s something you just have to deal with. People might not talk about my performances, but as long as I feel I’m doing well and the manager can see it, that’s the most important thing.

“It’s a team game, but it doesn’t bother me as long as I’m doing well.”

And his manager certainly believes he’s doing well, even though he himself barely notices the defender.

Karl Robinson said: “He’s one of the best one vs one defenders I’ve worked with.

“He doesn’t get beaten, he’s brave, he bombs up and down the pitch and there is not an ounce of problem.

“He ghosts in, has his breakfast, does his work and then goes home! I’ve not had any problems! Then I get a call asking for him to join the national team.

“He’s a wonderful addition to the club, he’s still only 21 and yet we forget to mention him when we talk about our young players. Some players are like that!”

Since signing, Hodson has barely missed a minute on the pitch including all the pre-season games.

But with hardly any pre-season training, he still feels he is working his way up to where he wants to be, adding more in attack as well as at the back.

He said: “I’ve still not got full match fitness, but I’m getting there. I think I’ve been quite steady but I can give a bit more.

“I want to get up and down the flank a bit more. So far, defensively I’ve been pretty solid.

“I’m still learning a lot and the gaffer is helping with my positioning. I’ve still got a lot to improve on.

“I hadn’t played any games over pre-season and Plymouth was my first game. I didn’t expect to go straight in but I’m glad I did because it got my fitness up quicker.”