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Ben would relish challenge

Posted on 13 June 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).

Ben Thatcher insists he would welcome the arrival of Christian Ziege, should the experienced 'leftie' decide on a move to the Lane.

Boss Glenn Hoddle revealed at the weekend that he had tabled a bid for Liverpool’s unsettled German international. If successful, Ziege’s arrival would certainly turn up the heat on Ben.

Signed last summer for £5m from Wimbledon, Ben admits last season was ‘a nightmare’ as first he struggled for form before a nagging groin/hip injury ended his season in November. He is now working through the summer to be ready for pre-season.

Ben said: "I’ve been injured for the season which means I haven’t had the chance to play and when I did I either played with an injury or had a bad game.

"You could link 20 players with Tottenham every week to be honest. Christian Ziege is a quality act up at Liverpool and anyone who comes in and is good enough is good for the club and good for the squad. I have no problems with that.

"I don’t know how the gaffer is going to play, flat back four, five - but playing wing-back didn’t suit me last season. I did myself an injustice by playing out there.

"The gaffer will have his own shape and players he wants to get in. I have to try and impress him and see what happens from there."