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One of the greats

Posted on 22 October 2004  - 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).

Chris Hughton sees Les Ferdinand as one of the greats of the Premiership - the striker returns to the Lane for what could be the last time on Saturday.


Les looks likely to take his place on the bench again as Bolton Wanderers arrive in N17 sitting pretty in fourth in the table.


Now 37, Les hinted before the start of last season that it could his last but having bagged 12 goals in 20 starts for Leicester City it was no surprise he opted to play on once Sam Allardyce came calling.


Les spent almost six years with us between 1997-2003 during which he suffered great misfortune with injuries.


One of those injuries, an Achilles problem, almost ended his career but he fought back to score 39 goals in 149 league and cup matches before moving to West Ham in January 2003.


After a six-month spell at West Ham, Les moved to Leicester and it was no surprise after his 2003-04 season that a Premiership club was interested in his services again.


As Chris points out, you know just what you are getting.


"You look at Les and the mould of player he is and you go back to an old-fashioned, classic centre-forward," said Chris, a coach throughout Les' time here at Spurs.


"There are not many of those players around any more - these days we tend to have strikers who play off the front and are penalty box players.


"Les was a complete centre forward and the fact that he's still playing at his age now is testament to one, the attitude he has and two, the way people see him.


"People see him as a very, very good professional, someone who will fight for the cause and someone who is always great to have around.


"In his time here Les was great around the changing room, very mature, professional and always working 100 per cent. He also had periods were he was very unlucky because of injury.


"Les was also a Tottenham supporter. Even though he had his years at QPR and those great times at Newcastle, he's a Spurs fan and it was a wonderful move for him to come to Tottenham. I know that added more to it for him.


"It's always great to see Les and I've no doubts he'll get a fantastic welcome."


Les has been used as a substitute six times so far this term and has one goal against Manchester United to his name.


Chris added: "I don't think he'll thank me for saying this but I'm sure in the last couple of seasons the fact he's been with at clubs where he's been in and out of the side has probably helped him.


"I'm not so sure Les could still play week in, week out.


"Whether he starts or not, if he comes off the bench there is almost no-one better to call upon than Les Ferdinand to affect some part of the game."