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George: Be patient with Sergei

Posted on 29 December 2000  - 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).

George Graham has asked for patience as Sergei Rebrov adapts to life in the Premiership. <P class=MsoNormal>The Ukrainian striker has come in for some stick of late and his substitution at Southampton after just an hour on Wednesday night fanned the flames once more. <P class=MsoNormal>Boss George insisted: &ldquo&#59;It&rsquo&#59;s a bit of a culture shock coming into the Premiership with the intensity and physical aspect of the game and a lot of the foreign boys, world-class players, have been very surprised by it. <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;Coming from Ukraine is a big culture shock and a big move. Sergei&rsquo&#59;s a good lad but it will take him time. <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;People expected too much too soon. I think with the price tag people expected a ready-made star scoring lots of goals and I wish that was the case but it&rsquo&#59;s not and we have to be patient with him. <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;He&rsquo&#59;s just come from a very sophisticated team into the English league. There are players in the English league who probably cost more than Sergei who are not even a regular in their first team.&rdquo&#59; <P><I>Listen to George's pre-match interview for the trip to Ipswich in full by clicking <A href="http://www.spurs.co.uk/news/ram/gg001229.ram">here</I></A> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59;</SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>