Postiga promises to adapt
By Paul Higham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
TOTTENHAM'S Helder Postiga believes he will have no problem adapting to the rigours of Premiership football, and says he chose the right time to move to England.
The young Portuguese striker arrived at Spurs in the summer from Uefa Cup winners Porto and seems to have settled well in North London.
Many have questioned Glenn Hoddle for taking a chance on a 20-year-old striker to be able to score goals in the Premiership.
Postiga, however, firmly believes that he can stand up to the pace and power of the English game, and can handle playing the amount of games there are in England.
"I think I played a similar number of games in Portugal, if you count the league, Portuguese Cup and Uefa Cup," said Postiga.
"I look at it this way: if I can't take that many games in my legs at the age of 20, when will I be able to take them?
"Here the main problem is not the number of games, but the way they come up, almost every weekend and in midweek, without stopping."
Hoddle has shown a lot of faith in Postiga already by splashing out £6 million for his services, and the youngster is well aware of what is expected of him.
He does not fear the pressure, and believes the time was right for him to leave Portugual, while he is also certain that he will be able to adapt.
"I know, and understand, that for the money they've spent on this transfer they expect a lot of me.
"I hope to please them and meet the expectations of the club and the fans.
"I don't know if it was early to move, I think I've made the right decision in leaving Porto when I did.
"I have to adapt to a new situation, I'm aware of that, but the truth is that I also went to Porto when I was only 12 years old and, although I was new there, I adapted well at the time."
Hoddle has targeted his front-line during the summer, and has acquired youthful strikers in Postiga, Freddie Kanoute and Bobby Zamora.
With Robbie Keane already at White Hart Lane, Hoddle has a nice selection problem on his hands, and hopes he will have the firepower necessary to challenge for a European place.
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