GINOLA FUTURE DOUBTS RESURFACE
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Frenchman was criticised by Graham this week, the Scot claimed that he does not score enough goals and is "an entertainer but, at times, is also an enigma."
Last season`s double Player of the Year responded by saying: "If one day I score more goals, he will say something else. When you spend most of your time on the side, trying to get the ball into a better position in the box, then you cannot be there as well to score the goals.
"You expect someone else to do that," he added pointedly.
The minor public spat, in itself, would not be enough to suggest that the long-term future for the Spurs fans` favourite is unlikely to be at White Hart Lane.
Indeed, it could be argued that, with Sol Campbell certain to leave the club before the start of the 2001/2002 campaign, unless he agrees a new contract beforehand, then the last thing the Londoners would want is to lose another of their key men and most popular figures.
However, the surprise decision of Darren Anderton to stay at Spurs would certainly indicate that he has been promised the club will match his own personal ambition.
Graham is ready to spend big, if given the go-ahead by the board, in a bid to start challenging the top three or four teams in the country, and that is believed to be one of the reasons why Anderton, and also Espen Baardsen, have said they are happy to stay to see the more exciting times that lie ahead.
Ginola`s flamboyant attitude was always certain to clash with Graham`s pragmatic approach, and the boss has dropped more hints as to how he sees his team shaping up in the future. "If I get it right at Tottenham, at least half of the team will be domestic," he revealed.
"What I like to see is a bit of domestic passion, as well as technical ability in a team. It would be nice if an English team did well with English players in the side," the Scot added.
Spurs have actively taken steps towards achieving this goal - signing the likes of Anthony Gardner, who is viewed by many observers as a Campbell-clone, and he has been called into the squad for the first time ahead of the weekend encounter with Watford.
Furthermore, former Peterborough duo Matthew Etherington and Simon Davies are also named in the party, giving a glimpse of the future perhaps, as Graham looks to further mould a side on his own image.
More pertinently, however, could be the fact that Etherington is a dashing left winger with the ability and aptitude to track back and defend - a ready-made replacement for Mr Ginola?