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Divert Kluivert!

Posted on 10 April 2005  - 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).

Noureddine Naybet believes Patrick Kluivert is still one of the best strikers around - but intends to stop him if he returns from injury this afternoon.

The Dutch international is on his way back from a knee problem and could play a part for Newcastle in the Barclays Premiership clash at the Lane.

Kluivert, still only 28, was seen as one of the hottest properties in the world as he bagged 40 goals in 57 league starts for Ajax between 1994-97.

A move to Milan didn't quite work out but Barcelona stepped in in 1998 and he went on to score 90 goals in 168 starts in La Liga and another 18 in 43 Champions League outings before switching to Tyneside in the summer.

Injury has hit his time at Newcastle and he's managed just four goals so far in the Premiership football but cup football has been a different story - five in five in the UEFA Cup and two in three in the FA Cup, including the winner against us in the quarter-final last month.

Moroccan hero Noureddine had numerous battles against Kluivert in his successful years at Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga.

"He had such a good image in Spain with Barcelona and of course with Ajax before then," he said.

"He's a big player for the big games and always important for the team when he plays.

"He's a clever player and very difficult to play against. Teams need players like that. With Shearer as well they have good strikers but we have very good defenders and we intend to stop them.

"It's an important game, we've played well at home and this is a game we need to win."