Deano Doing The Business
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While Robbie Keane and Simon Davies have deservedly been grabbing most of the headlines during our run to third in the Premiership, the performances of Dean Richards at the back should not go unnoticed.
The strapping centre-half has featured in all but one of our games this season and, in what seemed to be an ever changing defensive cast, has played alongside Anthony Gardner, Goran Bunjevcevic, Ben Thatcher, Gary Doherty and Chris Perry.
Despite the lack of continuity, Deano has not allowed his own performances to suffer as a result and the big-money recruit from Southampton is becoming a towering presence at the heart of our defence.
By his own admission, the Bradford-born player did not manage to display his full worth last season after joining the club in September 2001. He pointed out as the season drew to a close that there was much more to come from him as a Spurs player and, having settled in, he would emerge much stronger this season.
He has been true to his words and it was put to him that his game has moved up a good few notches this term.
"I'm not sure about that," smiled Deano. "I feel now that I've settled in, got to know everyone around me and the lads - it makes a big difference out there on the pitch.
"Maybe last season I played within myself a bit, but I feel more part of it now than when I first came. I think this has shown in my performances.
"I'm taking every game as it comes and enjoying my football at the moment. I'm feeling confident and that makes a lot of difference."
Dean is now looking forward to Saturday's trip to Anfield to face Liverpool in what has now become, thanks to various results at the weekend, a top of the table clash between first and third.
"It has," he agreed with some relish. "You can only beat what is put in front of you and people might say we haven't really played anyone yet.
"That's the way the fixtures come and, if you look at the results, we've had some good ones."