Hoddle hails Helder

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GLENN HODDLE feels Helder Postiga is one of the brightest prospects in Europe, and will have an immediate impact at Tottenham after sealing his move from FC Porto.

Hoddle claims they have secured a bargain by paying £6 million for a player who has already established himself at European level, despite being just 20.

"He's a fantastic signing for us, we're delighted to have him here," enthused Hoddle who added the youngster was a long term target.

"It goes back about 14 months as he's somebody we've looked at. We looked across Europe for youngsters, had a list we've monitored and we're delighted to get such a super young player and one of the brightest prospects in Europe.

"It bodes well for the future of Tottenham, as well as the impact he can give us now. He's a striker that's got a little bit of everything in actual fact. Age is interesting. £6 million is a lot of money in the transfer market but we feel he's worth it. It's spread over four years, and the potential is here for everyone to see.

"He's a young man who has played the last two seasons, and been the main forward for Porto, who have won the Uefa Cup and done the Double and a lot is down to this lad up front.

"It's a fresh challenge now he's at Tottenham. Helder is going to be a massive star and somebody at the forefront of Portuguese sides in the future. They have a massive European Championships coming up in their own backyard and I'm sure Helder's going to be a part of that."

Hoddle feels the youngster will adapt to life in The Premiership very quickly.

He added: "I think Helder can acclimatise very quickly, he's had two years being the main striker for his club and come through that and gained experience very quickly. You need time to settle even if you're an English player after a move, but I truly believe Helder can settle very quickly.

"If we get a fair crack of the whip and play the team I want to play, I'm sure he'll fit into our system very quickly. I believe he will adjust, he just needs a little bit of time, he will have instant impact with us pretty early into the season."

"It's interesting bringing in a Portuguese player building towards the European Championships. He's come from a club that's just won the Uefa Cup so it's interesting to have that cross-over, and I'm sure a few people in Portugal will look for our results because of Helder's connection with us.

"We want to put this club back to where it was years ago, and this young man can be a massive step towards that.

"He needs a rest first as he's played 50-something games, and we spoke about this earlier. It was a long, hard season for him.

"We need to make him feel at home as quickly as possible."

Postiga confirmed his agent's revelation to planetfootball.com that he supported Spurs as a schoolboy, and is pleased to have arrived at White Hart Lane.

"Firstly, because of the club, and, secondly, because I really wanted to play in England," he explained, when asked why he made the switch from Oporto.

"Yes, it's true, I did support Spurs. When I was a child, I used to like teams that played in white.

"Glenn Hoddle was my favourite player.

"I believe in my work and, for this reason, you can't compare me to other players who have been successful here.

"I'm here to do my best for the team.

"(Jurgen) Klinsmann is Klinsmann. Helder is Helder. I just want to do my very best for the team.

"I represent Portugal, and played for Porto, so the pressure is nothing for me.

"I chose England because everything about English football is really good. The passion of the supporters, the intensity of English football, everything is really good.

"I spoke to Jorge Costa about English football after he played for Charlton.

"I like big challenges and this is a really great challenge for me.

"If I have a big season, it could help me get picked by Portugal for the European Championships.

"When I had the chance to come to Tottenham, I jumped at the opportunity."