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Pleat on window exits

Posted on 6 February 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).

David Pleat gives his view on and sends best wishes to the players that departed from the club during the January transfer window.

Japanese international midfielder Kazuyuki Toda headed off to Dutch outfit Den Haag following the conclusion of his year-long loan spell from Shimizu S-Pulse and the acting boss explained that the introduction of Ledley King to the central midfield area saw to it that it was unlikely Kazu would break through into the first team this season.

"A top class lad," commented David. "I have to tell you though that he scored an own goal very early in his first appearance for Den Haag at the weekend and they were beaten.

"Terrific lad, attitude first class, but was just slightly off the pace of the game in England. He came on a year's loan, had an opportunity to make an impact but didn't quite make it.

"One of the reasons being that we have since put Ledley King into that position and Ledley has more mobility and agility to play in the Premiership."

Milenko Acimovic left for French club Lille on a six-month loan deal in search of first team football and got off to an encouraging start on his debut.

"He got the winner away at Metz for Lille, which is a good victory for them and their sixth win of the season," David reported. "We shall see how Milenko does.

"As a person he never gave us any problems at all but, once again, I thought the cut and thrust of the English game was also a bit much for him.

"He is a technician, very clever on the ball, wanted to embroider sometimes when he could have played it simpler. He is a talent and we wish him well."

The final departure of the window was Belgian under-21 regular Jonathan Blondel, the 19-year-old who struggled to settle following his recruitment from Excelsior Mouscron ahead of last season.

"A lovely lad, but he had a family problem when he came here from Belgium and I think that was continually pulling at his heart strings.

"Had he got into our first team earlier and maintained his place I don't think we would have had a problem, but he kept seeing his chances being shut off to him. John Jackson came back from a loan spell and had a couple of goes and I think letting him go was the right thing to do.

"If a boy is very unhappy and it affects his game then you have to concede if you can find a club for him. Fortunately, through one or two contacts, we were able to do a deal with Bruge that suits all parties."