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Posted on 6 September 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Malcolm Allen describes the impact Simon Davies has made at club and international level as 'phenomenal'.

The former Millwall, Norwich, Villa, Newcastle and Welsh international striker was at the Lane on Saturday casting an eye over Simon in his new role with BBC Wales.

And Malcolm has been mightily impressed with what he has seen from the youngster from Haverfordwest.

He said: "Simon has been absolutely phenomenal and I think he's grown up this year.

"I watched him a few times last season and he's matured in his play, obviously playing alongside the likes of Jamie Redknapp, Teddy Sheringham in that diamond shape in midfield. He's learned a lot.

"We saw as well that he can play wide on the right and in a wing-back position as well. But wherever he plays, he has the ability to go past people and this confidence and inner belief in himself. That has been nurtured by Glenn Hoddle."

Malcolm agrees with most pundits that Wales could be on the verge of something big with the likes of youngster Simon, Craig Bellamy, Jason Koumas and Mark Delaney alongside Ryan Giggs, Gary Speed and John Hartson all under the guidance of legend Mark Hughes.

Malcolm added: "Potentially we've got a young squad but for the first time for Mark Hughes, it looks quite strong.

"Daniel Gabbidon and Robert Earnshaw have come in and done well and the only real injury problem we've got is Craig Bellamy, who has been such an influential player.

"We've got this belief now, very hard to beat, hard to break down with the 4-5-1 system and once again, with John Hartson up front, the support play from the likes of Simon and Ryan Giggs, we hope to go onto better things and hopefully qualify this time."