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Hughton: Gazza can shine again

English Barclays Premiership

Chris Hughton is convinced Paul Gascoigne can make a success of his Premiership lifeline at Everton.

Gazza has been snapped up on a free transfer by his former boss at Rangers, Walter Smith, and was paraded at Goodison Park on Monday.

The ex-England midfielder is one of our modern-day heroes after a memorable three-year stint at the Lane. The highlight were his performances to take us to the FA Cup Final in 1991 - not least against Arsenal in the semi-final - until his world fell apart at Wembley after seriously damaging his knee against Forest.

His transfer to Italian outfit Lazio was delayed a year as a result and he has since had spells with Rangers and Middlesbrough. Now it seems he has been granted one last tilt at the big time with Everton.

Long-time Spurs fixture, and now reserve team coach, Hughton was a team-mate of Gazza's from 1988-1990. He said: "I'm just delighted for him after what has been a fairly traumatic last few years with injuries that he has an opportunity at Everton to resurrect his career again with a manager who obviously has a lot of faith in him.

"There is absolutely no doubt he has the ability and on his day, I think we all know he is one of the best players in the country.

"We also all know that the problems he's had in the last few seasons have been injury-related. He is not the same Paul Gascoigne that he was five, six years ago but if he can get over his injuries there is no reason why he can't make a real success of it and be a be a real threat to the teams he'll come up against.

"He was a fabulous player for us and there is no-one at this club who doesn't speak about him in very glowing terms. He was very friendly with everyone here and genuinely someone who would put himself out for anyone, not just the coaching staff but administration staff and ground staff as well."

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