Keeper Friedel lauds Tottenham strike pair of Defoe and Adebayor

Tottenham keeper Brad Friedel rates Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor amongst the best strike partnerships in England after watching the duo tear apart Panathinaikos in Thursday’s Europa League win.
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Tottenham keeper Brad Friedel rates Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor amongst the best strike partnerships in England after watching the duo tear apart Panathinaikos in Thursday’s Europa League win.

When asked whether the partnership was up there with the best in the Barclays Premier League, the American said: "Absolutely. When we have played with two up front, Jermain has really thrived on it, as he can save his energy for when he is inside the box. That is when it really matters for us.

"Last season the system we played was slightly different, with Rafael van der Vaart just behind a lone forward, while at the beginning of this year injuries meant we didn't have the chance to play with two up front, especially at home.

"Jermain always plays on the shoulder of the defender so if a team want to push high up the pitch, he will always keep them honest.

"The goal he scored against Panathinaikos was just on-side but he is always right on the edge so defenders have to keep an eye on him."

 

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