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The flying Dutchman

Posted on 26 October 2000  - 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).

Willem Korsten is not so much knocking on George Graham’s door as knocking it down at the moment. Fully fit after summer hip surgery, Korsten hit four goals in a spectacular display as the reserves hammered Leicester City 6-0 at the Lane on Tuesday night.

That made it seven goals in his last five games — form that the Dutchman must hope is worthy of an extended appearance off the bench if things aren’t going well at Chelsea on Saturday.

Korsten remained realistic though. “The first team is still a long way different from the reserves,” he admitted. “I have to keep doing well for the reserves and in training and hopefully I’ll get a chance.”

With the match ball tucked under his arm, Korsten could not help but smile about an evening where everything he touched turned to goal-d.

“I must admit is was a nice evening for me,” he beamed. “Some nights everything goes in, some nights they don’t. I was lucky that it was my night and hopefully I’ll have more of them.

“I feel very strong lately and it’s nice to play in the reserves to get some match fitness back. I think I’m back to the fitness I used to be and feel very strong.”

The manager utilised Korsten as forward cover against Derby County last weekend and it would seem that the 25-year-old, initially seen as a midfielder, is leaning towards a new role.

He added: “I’ve played in midfield and also up front. I felt in the last few years, at Leeds and Vitesse Arnhem, that I was probably better playing up front. I think that is my better position compared to midfield.” Few would argue with that.

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