Luka Modric Can Lead Totteham To The Champions League - Osvaldo Ardiles

The Croatian playmaker can help Spurs reach the Premier League's top four...
Osvaldo (Ossie) Ardiles, who helped Tottenham Hotspur win domestic and continental cups during his playing days, believes technically-gifted playmaker Luca Modric can help the Lilywhites secure much-coveted Champions League football.

"I was very impressed with Modric once he adjusted to life in England," the World Cup winner explained to Metro. "I think he is a typical Tottenham player. He has good feet, he uses the ball well and he brings others into play.

"He is in the Spurs mould and I believe the mantle previously held by Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne and David Ginola has been passed to Luka.

"If Harry builds the team around Modric, who will only get better this season, then Spurs will be right up there challenging for a top four place."

Despite trepidation harboured over the fitness and injury levels of the club's defenders, Ardiles believes the club can boast some strength at the back.

"If Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King both stay fit then Tottenham can look forward to a good year," he added.

"They boasted a fantastic home record last season and let in just ten goals, which was a record for them in the league. If they can repeat that away from home on a fairly consistent basis they will be very hard to beat."

Alan Dawson, Goal.com