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BARNEY ON BLONDEL

Posted on 2 November 2006  - 12:00

Lee Barnard identified a former teammate as a player who could pose us a few problems at the Lane tonight.

Lee Barnard identified a former teammate as a player who could pose us a few problems at the Lane tonight.

Jonathan Blondel is likely to be in opposition for Club Brugge in our UEFA Cup group stage contest, the midfielder having spent 18 months as a Spurs player before returning to his native Belgium in 2003.

Barnard and Blondel were regular teammates in our reserve side and the striker believes the tenacious midfielder possesses great quality.

"Jon broke into the first team group now and again, but he was mostly with the reserves," recalled Lee. "I played alongside him many a time and he is a good player, very intelligent, quick and he could cause us problems.

"He did have a nasty side to him which you need really. He is a little guy, but didn't pull out of any challenges and is pretty strong. He is a midfielder with a bit of bite.

"You could always tell he had quality and it is a shame he didn't get more chances here, but it wasn't to be. He's moved on and done really well for himself," added Lee, who reflected that it must have been a tough transition for the then 18-year-old Blondel in settling at a new club away from his family.

"That is the thing, everyone finds it hard enough as it is. I was living at home, but he came over without his family and didn't speak the language - although he did pick it up pretty well. It must have been tough for him, but he coped fairly well."