Pleat praises Keller
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The US international voiced concerns over his role at White Hart Lane when he alleged the club were on the lookout for a new goalkeeper.
In all fairness to Spurs, they have had keepers on trial as any club would do, with Brentford's Paul Smith the most high profile and even if he signed would be unlikely to dislodge the ex-Millwall shot stopper from between the posts.
Youngster Rob Burch has been understudy to the American for most of the season and after losing Neil Sullivan to Chelsea, Spurs are well within their rights to search for a goalkeeper of experience to challenge for the goalkeeping berth.
Pleat was quick to applaud the former Leicester man though, saying his outburst may have been to show respect for both Burch and Canadian Lars Hirschfeld, telling the club that they already have some fine talent waiting in the wings.
"I'd say very clearly that Kasey is a super guy and a terrific pro," said Pleat.
"We have great faith in our young goalkeepers on the bench but they might need a little more first team experience in league football.
"We have great faith in Kasey too. Perhaps he wants to show respect for his two colleagues who he works closely with in training.
"No-one knows who we are looking at and it has never been discussed or something we have looked at particularly closely."
The White Hart Lane chief then said that it was the press who had came up with the story that the North Londoners were searching for a new custodian and that it happens at every club.
"The press make reports and players respond to what they read in the press," he added.
"It's a bit of a fantasy world as Sir Bobby Robson or Arsene Wenger would tell you."