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Talking Teddy

Posted on 16 October 2001  - 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).

There was one name on the lips of the waiting press corps when Glenn entered his post-match briefing and the boss was happy to heap praise on his skipper.

As he has done for much of the season, Teddy ran the show against Derby - conducting the attacking movements, dropping off and generally pulling the strings.

It was a performance for the purist to drool over and totally vindicates Glenn's vision when he elected to tempt our old favourite back to the Lane.

"At the moment, you see the movement of Les, Teddy and Gus, we've worked on that this week and at times in the first half it was sensational," beamed Glenn.

"Teddy's got this astute brain, he knows where to be at the right time and his timing of arriving in the box, coming and receiving balls to feet is terrific. He brings players in.

"I'll sum Teddy up, he's had all the glory of playing for England and coming off the substitutes' bench and at Tranmere in the 90th minute he's in the right back position clearing the ball for us."

Teddy's reverse ball for Christian Ziege's goal five minutes before the break summed up the all-round awareness that he brings to the team, just one of the attributes that fits into Glenn's gameplan.

"It was a goal made in heaven, you don't see that much nowadays, that little ball inside the full-back.

"Teddy's form is no surprise to me, you've only got to look at the two Player of the Year awards he won last year. I think he is enjoying the responsibility of being captain and has come back to a club he's already played for and is a top class player.

"Long may this form continue for him.

"He's got added strengths, he can open defences up, play people in and create goals for others as he's done all his career - ask Alan Shearer that.

"He's got four goals himself so far and maybe could have had a couple against Derby, but maybe we'll need Teddy when it's 0-0 and tight."

Glenn suggests that Teddy could still be around at the club beyond his present two-year agreement.

"I said when I signed him that there might even be a year on the end of his contract when we come round to it, but that's for the future.

"He is a fit lad, he's lean, and to a certain degree he's not relied on pace throughout his career. I've said before, he's just a key player and very intelligent."