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Deano 'as good as anyone'

Posted on 11 December 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).

Glenn Hoddle pinpoints Dean Richards as our most consistent performer so far this season.

The big man has been our defensive rock throughout and his displays have been recognised by statistic kings Opta Index, who have named him our statistical Player of the Month in both October and November.

Deano has started 17 of our 19 games so far, weighing in with two goals and has made it into this week's Opta Index Team of the Week again this week.

Glenn offered this appraisal. "Last season he came 12, 15 games into the season, he was cup-tied and was in the team and out of the team, picked up a couple of injuries and it was all about acclimatising for him.

"This season he's been our most consistent player and he's really showing what he can do.

"He's stepped up a level or two from when I worked with him at Southampton and I've seen that even in his training.

"He's seen the quality here and he's been able to step up and be part of that quality. He's got to continue that now and have a solid season.

"But for me, he's as good as anyone in the last 10 games in that position in the country."

One thing that has surprised onlookers is Dean's quality on the ball.

Glenn added: "When we bought him we knew he could use the ball left and right foot and I don't think too many people knew that.

"He can surprise a few people, even his peers here, with how comfortable he can be on the ball.

"Add Antony Gardner, Ledley King, the experience of Chris Perry and Goran Bunjevcevic and we've got some good options there."