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.”