Sir Bobby on the return of Titus

Last updated : 19 January 2003 By Martyn Elliott

When asked if Bramble’s fitness would ease the pressure to sign a centre back, Sir Bobby replied: "It does help. We invested a lot of money in Titus, having picked him out as a young player of Premiership material who can only get better and is English.

"I persuaded the chairman to buy him because I thought he was a player of the future as were Jermaine Jenas, Hugo Viana and the young players we already had here.

"But we're still ambitious. The chairman is ambitious and so am I.

"He's matching my ambition and I'm matching his and we still have to look to buy.

"He's keeping his powder dry, which I think is right, but I think that if we knew the right player was available at the right price, the chairman would be in a position to say: `We'll got for that.' He knows that's what we need.

"Titus Bramble's recovery will not hinder that motivation.

"Our interest in procuring top-class players for this club will never die."

Strangely though Bramble’s availability after injury seemed to inspire Nikos Dabizas and Steve Caldwell to perform near the top of their game.