Tottenham Hotspur summer signing Luka Modric has revealed that he intends to be loved by the fans at White Hart Lane in the same way that previous Spurs legends like Glenn Hoddle and Paul Gascoigne were by putting in the performances to show that he is “worthy” of all the expectation following his £16.5million summer transfer from Dinamo Zagreb in the summer.
New Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has already revealed that he intends to build a team around the Croatian playmaker, with the former Portsmouth manager deciding to deploy Modric just behind either Darren Bent or Roman Pavlyuchenko in his first three matches in charge at the North London club.
Modric, who looked a shadow of the player on show at EURO 2008 when he arrived at Tottenham has flourished in his new found freedom under Redknapp, with Spurs unbeaten under Redknapp after wins over Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers and the 4-4 North London derby thriller with Arsenal at the Emirates.
The 23-year-old Croatian International has admitted to feeling a little pressure from recent compliments, but hopes that his performances for Spurs can one day earn him the status at White Hart Lane of previous Tottenham greats.
“I will try to play my best game so that in a couple of months or a year, the fans can love me like the other players [such as Hoddle & Gascoigne],” said Modric.
“I feel some pressure from all these compliments. But I feel self-confident and have to show on the pitch I’m worthy of all the expectations.”