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Pleat seeks blend

Posted on 31 December 2003  - 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 is acutely aware of the situation as he looks with distaste at the Premiership table.

We certainly need some back-to-back wins — and we need them soon.

To embark on a positive run will obviously need consistency in our play. But it also demands consistency as regards the availability of key personnel.

Quite simply, we need our experienced players back from injury. The likes of Jamie Redknapp, Darren Anderton, Stephane Dalmat, Christian Ziege and Simon Davies would add instant 'know how' to any side.

And, following in the footsteps of new signing Michael Brown, acting manager David remains on the look out for further new faces of the calibre that will lift us up the table.

However, on another level, he is also delighted with the emergence of our young brigade with recent debutants John Jackson and Stephen Kelly coming through from our Academy.

"You can never beat experience in these situations but I have to say that I am encouraged by the response of our youngsters," says David. "They are very much the future and our silver lining.

"We played what was probably one of our youngest ever sides against Charlton and in Kelly, Jackson and Ledley King a trio that have come up through the ranks here.

"Ledley is developing into a midfield player of great presence and I predict that he will make a massive contribution to this season's fightback. I am also sure that if he maintains his current form then he will attract Sven Goran Eriksson's eye.

"Kelly and Jackson showed how much they have gained from loans by coming in to make solid debuts and will be better for that experience.

"In addition Mark Yeates is doing outstandingly well at Brighton, Dean Marney, who was on loan to Swindon last season, is another knocking on the door and Jonathan Blondel has become a full Belgian international in his time here and, despite a minor knee injury, he retains great potential and is not too far away.

"He is also attracting interest from clubs in Belgium and France. I’ve had great faith in Jonathan ever since I first saw him play because he has true vision, elusiveness and a clever left foot.

"Unfortunately the league is not an easy environment to introduce young players into at present but I know that this group will not let us down and that we have more to come."

The good news this week is that Simon Davies has recovered from his hip injury and hopes to be available for Saturday. Darren Anderton’s calf is also on the mend while Stephane Dalmat has seen a specialist about his back injury and looks set to return.

Unfortunately we must await Michael Brown's introduction. Although he meets up with his new team mates on Thursday, he is suspended until after January 10.