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Iversen: I won't change

Posted on 16 July 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).

Steffen Iversen will not change his style of play — despite summer reports that another bang on the head could sideline him for up to a year.

Our Norwegian hitman was happy to lay those reports to rest before kicking-off his pre-season preparations at Stevenage Borough.

He explained: “There was something about me in the Norwegian newspapers and it must have been translated wrong over here.

“It said in the Norway that if I had another knock at that time I could be out for a year.

“But nothing has happened and everything should be fine and all back to normal. I’ve had a whole month off and I’m back now and I feel all right.”

Steffen’s aerial prowess brings him plenty of goals — and, like Les Ferdinand, plenty of knocks.

He suffered two bouts of concussion inside two weeks last season and the second incident, when he was knocked out cold against Bradford City, ended what had been an injury-hit campaign.

But he will still go for those headers. “It’s the way you play and when you are out the you want to win every ball, even if it’s a 50-50 ball, you go for it,” he insisted.

“That’s how I play and the same with Les as well, he goes to win every one.

“That is why we get these knocks. There is no danger any more though and if I get another then it will be like the first one again.

“It is a big part of my game, I like to fight for the ball up there and it can be dangerous, especially if you get two or three knocks in a row but if you get one and then get another two or three months later it is not a problem.

“In my case I got one with my international team and then two weeks later I got a really bad one against Bradford that knocked me out. That is probably why it took that little longer to get back again.”

Steffen says the enforced break has done him good. He added: “I felt tired at the start of last pre-season and even when the games started. I felt like I’d been going on for two consecutive years.

“That has been hard but I’ve had a good, long break, enjoyed the summer and now I feel fresh again and I’m looking forward to the season.”