Hans keeps watch
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).
Hans Segers gives us the lowdown on how he thought last season went for the senior goalkeepers at the club.
Naturally, coach Hans was delighted that Kasey Keller managed to complete his second-successive ever-present campaign and he had sympathy for different reasons for Rob Burch, Lars Hirschfeld and Shwan Jalal.
Here's what he had to say...
Kasey Keller: 45 appearances, ever present
Hans: "Kasey did well. Not many keepers will go one season without missing a game because the pressure is great and the training is hard so to go through two is amazing. I'm very pleased for him. He was our only senior goalkeeper and we're lucky he hasn't been injured because we could have had a problem. He made one or two mistakes, not technical mistakes, but more decision making. If you can count on one hand the mistakes from one season you've done well."
Rob Burch: Unused substitute 26 times, 14 reserve appearances
Hans: "Burchy had a great pre-season and I was looking forward to pushing him on this season. Unfortunately through a couple of injuries he's not been able to go out on loan and that was a shame. After the pre-season he had, especially in South Africa, that was the time to get him out on loan somewhere and get him playing week in, week out. It didn't happen and I'm very disappointed about that. I'm looking to get him somewhere next season and there has been interest alredy, so I'm confident on that one. I was pleased with him first half of the season but he was out two or three months, was quite rusty, got injured again so he was rusty again. I was a little disappointed for him in the end."
Lars Hirschfeld: Unused substitute 16 times, 10 reserve appearances
Hans: "I think Lars was the unlucky one from the bunch. He went to Luton, did well but got injured and that kept him out for quite a bit. He only really recovered in February when he started playing regularly again. Looking through his career, he hasn't played that many games at a decent level and he's at an age now where he needs to go and play. It wasn't worth him sitting on the bench for another two or three years because that would a waste. He made the right decision to go and to look for somewhere to play regularly."
Shwan Jalal: No appearances after a serious knee injury
Hans: "The injury could have finished his career. He did well because it's tough to come through the eight or nine months rehab, mostly on his own, and he did that. He will make a living out of the game, I've no doubt about it. He's a big lad, great technique and his distribution is outstanding. There is interest for him, I've had calls and he will do well starting again in the lower leagues."