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Posted on 23 May 2007  - 12:00

Chris Hughton summed up Dimitar Berbatov's impact in his debut season by describing him as a player fellow professionals admire.

Chris Hughton summed up Dimitar Berbatov's impact in his debut season by describing him as a player fellow professionals admire.Snapped up from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, the Bulgarian hitman scored 23 goals in all competitions in his first campaign at the Lane, including 12 in the Premiership.

That haul included seven in our run to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup – just one off the Club record of eight in a single European campaign held by Martin Chivers (1971-2 and 72-3) and Martin Peters (73-4).

In April, he was one of only three non-Manchester United players to make it into the PFA (Professional Footballers Association) Premiership Team of the Season.

He was then named Player of the Year, 2006-07, by our Club Members and this week, his goal at Charlton on May 7 was voted Goal of the Season by fans on our official website.

“What more can you say about Berba?” smiled coach Chris at Spurs Lodge. “Whenever you bring a player in, even though you might regard him as a good player, you are never quite sure how well he'll do.

“Berba has just got better and better as the season has gone on.

“He's a different type of player than I've seen here. He has such an awareness around him, physically he's quite strong and when he wants to keep the ball, he can keep it.

“He is a player that fellow players admire. It was his first season and he deserves the accolades he's been given – now we're all looking forward to next season.”


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