Belfast Telegraph

Saha excited by Spurs switch

Louis Saha declared he had joined "the most dynamic and exciting team in the country" as he began life at Tottenham on Wednesday.

Saha trained with his new team-mates for the first time, having completed a surprise switch to Spurs in a deadline-day free transfer from Everton. The 33-year-old striker, who signed an 18-month contract at White Hart Lane, is now at his fifth Barclays Premier League club and he has no doubt in which direction title-chasing Tottenham were heading.

"I have a big challenge ahead, which is why I felt it was right to go," said Saha, who could make his debut in Monday's game at Liverpool. "I am not going to step down and I think I am joining the most dynamic and exciting team in the country at the moment."

Saha's transfer ended his three-year stay at Everton, where he scored 35 goals in 115 appearances after signing from Manchester United. The Frenchman endured an injury-ravaged time at Old Trafford and thanked the Toffees for helping him resurrect his career.

He told evertontv: "I have to say thank you to Everton and particularly David Moyes because they helped me when I really needed it and I will never forget that.

"Leaving a great club like Everton is always a bit sad, but things come to an end, and I also want to say thanks to the supporters as there have been good times and bad times but I have always felt supported and loved.

"Goodison is a special stadium and you can feel the spirit of so many great sportsmen when you go on the pitch. It has been an honour and a privilege as a football player to play there."

Saha will best be remembered for scoring after just 25 seconds of the 2009 FA Cup final against Chelsea, the fastest ever goal in a Wembley cup final. He said: "It was a great moment but, while I did not score in the semi-final, to be involved in the win over Manchester United was really special.

"The atmosphere in the stadium was fantastic, it was amazing, and I keep victories in mind more than scoring a goal.

"Playing with those players, with all our spirit, was a pleasure."


From Belfast Telegraph