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Window closes on super summer

Posted on 1 September 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).

Frank Arnesen has declared himself delighted with our summer transfer activity - but insisted it's just the start of the Spurs revolution.


Our Sporting Director has overseen 13 arrivals and Head Coach Jacques Santini in his first two months at the club.


Throw goalkeepers Paul Robinson and Marton Fulop into the mix - they arrived in May - and we've made a total of 15 new signings since the end of last season.


Seven of those new recruits have already made their debuts in a fine start to the Premiership season - unbeaten and fourth after four games.


With the transfer window officially closed, Frank finally had time to reflect on our dealings so far.


"First of all, I wasn't the only arrival on the management side, Jacques, Martin Jol and Dominique Cuperly were all new as well," said Frank. "We all knew that we had let a lot of players go and that we needed players.


"It was a big challenge for us from the beginning and I'm delighted with what we have done up to now.


"I think we have signed good players with a lot of skill, talented young players and there is a lot of ambition in the squad.


"It is just the start. Once you have the players in they have to adapt to the new style of coaching and being Tottenham players.


"Then it's about building a team. At the moment we have 11 individual players and they have to get used to being Tottenham players and the way we like to play football. That is the next step and what we are doing every day, whether we are winning or losing. That's how you learn players' strengths and weaknesses.


"A big part is already done and that's getting the players in.


"It's been very busy but I knew that would be the case. I knew it would be like that until transfer deadline day and now I can concentrate more on Tottenham, the club, not just players in and out. It has been a lot of work but at the same time, it's been fantastic."


Here is Frank's rundown of our arrivals this summer:


Noureddine Naybet: "He's not just a very experienced player at the highest level but also a very good player. He's one who will not just take the role as a player but also as a mentor and that's what we want him to do. So far, so good."


Sean Davis: "Sean was the first signing for me and he's already proved his
importance to the team. Strong, technically an all-round player who has high ambitions and I expect that not just to be with Tottenham but with the English
national team as well."


Pedro Mendes: "A player who came in as a champion from FC Porto after winning the Champions League last season. He knows how it is to win and that's important in any squad, players who have won something and have a lot of ambitions to
win more."


Erik Edman: "Erik has proved himself over the last couple of years playing at Heerenveen where I knew him very well. He's a consistent international from Sweden and a left-footed player. A good man for the squad."


Eddie Silva Sousa: "Eddie's a different story. He's a young striker and he has to look to the future, to prove himself, get into the squad and be part of Tottenham's future."


Thimothee Atouba: "A player who we know has already had good experience playing in Europe after playing in Switzerland for five years. He has played Champions League, internationals for Cameroon and is still only 22. Very strong, fit and that combined with his skill makes him suitable for English football."


Michael Carrick: "When we have the chance to make the squad better we have to
do it and when it's an English or British player even better because they know the game. I'm sure we'll be very happy with Michael. With him here we are stepping up a little."


Noe Pamarot: "He was a special signing because we needed a tough, strong, quick right-back who could defend. That's what we want to see from him."


Rodrigo Defendi: "Once again, he covers two parts where we are going - the
team now and also the future. A very skilful player but he has to prove himself."


Leigh Mills: "The same story as Defendi. He's a stopper with character and
leadership. He plays in the England Under-16 national team and is a very promising player. If he goes step by step he will develop and we want to see
him as soon as possible in the first team squad."


Calum Davenport: "Calum falls in-between in that he's a young player, an England
Under-21 international but already with a lot of experience in the First Division. It's two paths, one for the first team, one for the future and he is in-between both. It's our aim to get him into the first team as soon as possible."


Reto Ziegler: "Reto is a very young player who has played at the highest level
in Switzerland and has been in the Grassshoppers first team despite being only 18 years old. He is a left-back with the capacity to play in midfield. He holds a lot of promise."


Spase Dilevski: "We're delighted to sign him. Spase is a midfielder who has already played international football for Australia's youth teams. He also was the youngest member of the Australia squad at the Olympics. A player who will start in our reserves and we'll be looking for him to step up from there."


Paul Robinson (signed in May): "One of the biggest goalkeeping talents I've seen and already proved that he's a big player for Tottenham."


Marton Fulop (signed in May): "We need goalkeepers and I'm delighted we have
Paul Robinson and the experience of Kasey Keller but after them someone like Marton, a Hungary Under-21 international who is progressing well."