Tottenham striker Defoe impressed by Pardew work at Newcastle

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has been impressed by Alan Pardew's impact at Newcastle United.

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has been impressed by Alan Pardew's impact at Newcastle United.

Spurs face a tough task this weekend against a Newcastle side gunning for a Champions League place under Alan Pardew.

Defoe told the Mirror: “I played for Alan for a short while at West Ham. He’s a really good coach, really hands on with the players from.

“Up front, Papiss Cisse is a good player who has got off to a great start with a fantastic goal against Aston Villa last week.

“But Demba Ba hasn’t surprised me at all. I remember watching him at West Ham thinking, ‘This guy is a natural goalscorer.’ Even half-chances he scores. He will score goals anywhere.

“But we are blessed with great centre-halves and, having Scott Parker in front of them as well, I think Newcastle will know its going to be a difficult game.”

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