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And the nod from Hod

Posted on 11 April 2001  - 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).

Simon Davies has certainly tickled the footballing taste buds of his new manager Glenn Hoddle. The cultured midfielder, who scored his first Premiership goal for Spurs against Bradford, attracted rich praise from Glenn after the new boss registered his first win.

"The lad is a good footballer," said Glenn. "He likes to play, he can play around people and he’s got an eye for a goal from midfield which is always an asset.

"I think with Simon, and a few others in the squad, it’s about development. They are not quite ready to say you can throw your hat on them or that they are the ones who will play every single game next year.

"Although, if any improves, and you can see that improvement, you will obviously think of that.

"But if we can develop players like Simon and improve them, there is no reason in two years time why he shouldn’t be a £10m-player, like I said when I arrived, that we’ve bought up from within the club."

There is one recent game that Simon will be hoping the boss has put to the back of his mind — a 7-0 South Coast mauling for himself and his young reserve team-mates.

"I’ve seen him a few times playing for the reserves against Southampton — one was the night we beat them 7-0 so that probably wasn’t a good time to judge," laughed Glenn, before returning to the positives.

"He’s nice and bright, he wants to learn so, yes, if we keep nurturing him and keep giving him the right principles about the game I’m sure he can come on.

"He’s a footballer, he’s a Tottenham style player and he’s looked very comfortable on the ball in training. He might have even played a part at the weekend, but he had a very badly bruised in-step and was still wincing on Friday and that’s why he didn’t take any part at all on Sunday.

"I earmarked him straight away, he’s a footballer, he can play with his head up and sees the picture and that’s always an advantage. He’s got to get stronger, but that’s not his fault, it’s because of his age.

"He’s only had a handful of games and already put himself on the scoresheet a few times. It’s encouraging."

It seems Simon has received an approving nod from Hod.

By Richard Hubbard