"We agonised over those positions, especially in the case of Luke because it involved Ashley Cole who all of us love to bits and think is a great footballer. It was a very hard decision to take to say to him that I was going to take the younger man. I've got to stick to the decision and defend that decision as I really do think Luke has got tremendous quality. I think that he's really an Ashley Cole in the making. I think the experience here will do him good and also I think he will be a very useful player for us in games where we can use that enormous power he has going forward."