Teddy on Lane return
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Teddy Sheringham is back in town this afternoon, making a very welcome return to the Lane with his new club Portsmouth.
The 37-year-old has been a big hit on the south coast since leaving us at the end of last season, a move which brought the curtain down on his second spell in our colours. In total, he played 277 times for us and scored 124 goals during his two stints at the Lane.
WHITES OPEN FOR POMPEY
During the summer, he swapped the white and blue of Tottenham for the blue and white of Pompey and made a great start to his Fratton Park career, scoring five goals in his first six Premiership games including a hat-trick against Bolton and a strike at Arsenal, one which he no doubt thoroughly enjoyed!
But Portsmouth have found the going a bit more difficult in the last couple of months as their squad has been ravaged by injury and their goalless draw at home to Wolves last time out left them just one place off the relegation places.
However Teddy remains confident that Pompey have what it takes to survive in the top flight, particularly with so many experienced players in the squad and with an injury crisis that is clearing up all the time.
"I was very optimistic at the start of the season when we were doing so well and looking around at the quality of players we had, I thought we could really do something this year," he explains. "But when things start to go wrong like it has, you have to take stock and you realise it's going to be a tough season. But with players coming back from injury and our recent new-signings, we've had a big lift for the rest of campaign just when we need it.
"Every club has injuries but we've had a lot this season, particularly in our midfield area where I thought at the start of the season we were probably very strong, that was our best department.
"Recently we've had four, five or six of our midfielders out and we've found it very difficult without them. But hopefully most are either fit again or coming back and we're looking a lot stronger again now.
"I'm talking about experienced, quality players we've been missing like Amdy Faye, a very good player in my view, Nigel Quashie, who's been around the divisions, a powerful player who knows his job very well, Steve Stone, who's just coming back, and Patrik Berger was suspended around the same time, so to have them all back now is important for us."
Pompey's squad has been added to during the recent transfer window, among the new faces are Tresor Lomana Lua Lua joining on loan from Newcastle United and Croatian striker Ivica Mornar coming in and Teddy believes they give them new options.
"We've made some good signings," he says. "Lua Lua is a good player and Mornar played in the first half against Wolves, he looks very strong. It gives us options up front now which we didn't have a month ago."
Following his long association with us, it's only natural that Teddy should keep one eye on events here at the Lane and one in particular really did catch his attention. New signing Jermain Defoe could well make his debut for us this afternoon and our former skipper believes he will be a big star here.
"Defoe is an outstanding signing, a really exciting capture for Tottenham," Teddy reveals.
"He's going to score goals and is a great addition to the squad. He's not even like a Lineker, he's more of a van Nistelrooy but in a sharper sort of way. He just wants to score goals, he loves scoring goals and I wish him every success, I think he'll be a great attribute to the club.
"It's great for Tottenham, especially as Fredi Kanoute has settled in so well and Robbie Keane is always going to score goals, they've got good options."
On a final note, Teddy was keen to applaud the supporters again who gave him such a fond farewell at his previous appearance at the Lane, his final game for us last May.
"I know I thanked the supporters before for their send-off after my last game, but it was so fantastic that I'd like to do so again," he explains. "I know a lot of them had left because of the disappointing result, but I'd like to thank everyone that stayed behind to say goodbye, it was much appreciated."
By Jon Rayner, programme editor