Les Ferdinand has underlined how much it would mean to him to have a successful season at White Hart Lane. A big-money buy back in August 1997, Ferdinand's time at Spurs has been wrecked by injury after injury.
The most serious problems came last season when Achilles trouble ruled him out from September to the end of May, barring a brief comeback in March. But he has battled back again and two operations and plenty of summer overtime later, Big Les is back in business - netting twice in three games on our Scandinavian tour.
Manager George Graham commented: "Les has not only trained hard but played physically as well. That's a good sign."
Ferdinand said: "Barring my son and my dad, there is no-one else more than myself who wants to see me back in the side and playing well. I've said to people in the past that I supported Tottenham as a boy and it was very close to me coming here before I went to Newcastle. That didn't materialise and I went to Newcastle.
"I don't regret that but of all the clubs I've played for, Tottenham is the one I probably wanted to impress at the most and unfortunately, it's been the place I've impressed the least. It would be nice to turn that around."
Anyone who watched his return in Sweden and Finland would have believed that the old Les Ferdinand, power, pace, aggression, was on his way back.
"People say they don't mean a lot but as individuals, they are important for the start of the season. You are getting your fitness and your touch back so in that respect they are vital. They have been a big bonus for me."