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Mounir making his mark

Posted on 12 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).

Mounir El Hamdaoui reports he is settling in nicely and adapting to English football after his January arrival from Excelsior Rotterdam.

The 20-year-old striker signed on during the January window and has made a positive impression so far, scoring two goals in six outings for our reserve side - including the opener in Wednesday's 5-2 win over Derby County at Stevenage.

"I'm feeling good and I like it here very much," reflected Mounir on his first couple of months at the club. "I like the training, I haven't played with the first team yet and I hope that comes soon.

"I live nearby where a lot of the players live and it is very good. It is different, the way you drive, the language and the culture. I am already settled in though.

"I've found a lot of restaurants in the centre of London and over here - the Moroccan option, not Dutch!"

So it is clear the young striker is finding off the pitch matters to his liking. On the pitch he is just as content with his progress.

"In England there is more long balls and it is different to Holland, while the level is higher," added the Dutch under-21 international who has opted to represent Morocco at senior level.

"In the beginning it was difficult and you have to look at how to play. Now it is not so difficult for me. Physically I feel strong.

"My goals have given me confidence and it is good for your teammates to know what kind of player you are."

Mounir concluded by saying he is happy to use the period between now and the end of the season to continue impressing the management at reserve level, but would not say no to the chance of sampling Premiership action before the end of the campaign.

"I feel like that, but what can come sooner hopefully does. Maybe I can play before the end of the season one or two games, I will do my best in training and reserve games - then it is up to Martin."

Development Coach Clive Allen likes what he has seen of Mounir so far and feels his hunger for goals will serve him well.

"I think he will score goals," insisted Clive. "I do like what I see of him, I think he is bright, wants to score goals and he is hungry for it.

"I believe strikers need that hunger and desire - and he has it. He has the ability too and I think his game will improve."