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*Steve confident on Kazu

Posted on 7 February 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).

Steve Perryman is convinced Kazuyuki Toda will push himself to succeed in the Premiership - because that's the way of life in Japan.

Midfielder 'Kazu' has joined us on a 12-month loan from J-League outfit Shimizu S-Pulse.

He has settled in well in his first couple of weeks at Spurs Lodge and gave a glimpse of what he's capable of in his competitive debut for the reserves in the 2-1 win against Forest on Monday.

Kazu looked at home in his midfield anchor role although he commented afterwards that he could do much better.

That honesty wouldn't surprise club legend Steve - Kazu's coach during his successful time in Japan's J-League - and he says that typifies the way the Japanese approach life.

Steve explained: "He's the same as all the Japanese in that the mentality is that they want to learn. They want to learn a new skill, a new language and get to a new level.

"That's what they are all about, whether it's the four-year-old at school or the 18-year-old at university.

"They want to improve themselves and to improve their lot and the only way they do that is through hard work.

"The coaching staff here won't be disappointed with him because he'll do everything he can when the group trains and he'll want more after. You have to tell him to stop.

"For me, the job satisfaction of working in Japan with players like Toda, they are basically the same because that's how they are brought up, was immense. I'm sure he'll carry that on with Tottenham."