JD relishing Adebayor link-up

Spurs’ poor scoring record in the league cost them a place in this
year’s Champions League, with Defoe, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Peter
Crouch finding the net just 18 times last season. Tottenham boss
Harry Redknapp sought to remedy that problem by replacing Crouch
with Adebayor and the move paid immediate dividends when the
Togolese marksman scored on his debut in Spurs’ 2-0 win at Wolves
on Saturday. Defoe, who netted just four Premier League goals last
term, was also on the scoresheet at Molineux with a clinical finish
from inside the box after losing his marker. The England
international now hopes he can build up a good relationship with
Adebayor to help him keep scoring and also revealed that he was
desperate for the former Arsenal man to join when he was first
linked with the London club this summer. “He is brilliant. I was
looking forward to it (playing with him) even before he came,”
Defoe told Spurs TV Online. “There was a lot of speculation that he
was coming and I just thought to myself ‘please let it happen’
because he’s a great player. “He’s quick, he can head it, he is
strong and he is a good finisher. “He can do everything. Him being
there freed me up a bit because it allowed me to drop deep, get on
the ball and beat players so it was good.” Defoe had to wait until
March to score his first league goal of last season after being
dogged by loss of form and fitness, but he is sure this season will
be a different story. “I have a had a good pre-season. Last year I
didn’t get one so that made it difficult,” he said. “If you put the
work in pre-season you will have a good season. I just want to keep
working hard and I know I will get more goals.” After two heavy
defeats to Manchester United and neighbours City, Saturday’s win at
Wolves was exactly what Redknapp and his squad needed. The
long-running transfer saga concerning Luka Modric and Chelsea also
disrupted the squad’s early-season form, but club captain Ledley
King thinks their troubled start is now behind them. “All the deals
have been done. We have our team now and I suppose it’s a case of
just getting on with it,” King said. “There is no chance to wonder
if anyone else is coming here or if anyone is leaving now. We have
our squad now and we are settled. I think that showed on Saturday.”
The club now face a testing spell in which they will play PAOK
Salonika, Liverpool and Stoke within a six-day period. Matters have
been made worse by an Achilles injury to Michael Dawson which will
reportedly rule him out for two months. There has been no official
confirmation of how long the defender expects to be out for, but
the injury is understood to be a long-term one. Should he miss the
next two months, it will be a cruel blow for the England man as he
spent three months out with a similar injury last term. His loss
will also be felt by the team. William Gallas is 10 days away from
full fitness with a calf complaint, Vedran Corluka missed
Saturday’s win through injury and King’s chronic knee problems mean
he will only be able to play one of the three upcoming fixtures.
King, who has been told by Redknapp that he needs to play 20 games
this year to earn a new contract, was playing his first game of the
season on Saturday after having an operation on his knee this
summer. He was relieved to get through Saturday’s win at Molineux
unscathed. “I came through okay,” said the 30-year-old. “I just
cramped up at the end a bit but that’s normal.”