Nakata Gets International Clearance

Last updated : 25 August 2005 By Matt Bottom
Sam Allardyce says he will not rush into playing Hidetoshi Nakata after the Japanese international finally received international clearance on Wednesday.

Nakata is now available for selection on Saturday against West Ham along with other new signing Jared Borgetti who made his debut in last night's 2-0 victory over Newcastle.

Asked when Nakata might play, Allardyce replied: "Don't get greedy because we only saw the first glimpse of Borgetti. I don't want to play him too early.

"I want them to have the right impact at the right time. I don't want everybody moaning from the chairman, to the fans, to the tea lady, to the press and tv that they don't look good enough for the Premiership because that's what you get if you put them in too early.

"People make early, quick judgments in this game and they write people off before they have been given a chance.

"So when they go in, it's when they are good and ready, and when they are physically capable of first coping with the Premiership, and then getting used to it after that."