SPUR­FECT FOR ME! De­foe fired up by Ade­bayor sign­ing

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JER­MAIN DE­FOE be­lieves he and Em­manuel Ade­bayor can be the so­lu­tion to Tot­ten­ham’s goalscor­ing prob­lems.

Spurs’ poor scor­ing record last sea­son cost them a place in this year’s Cham­pi­ons League, with De­foe, Ro­man Pav­lyuchenko and Peter Crouch find­ing the net just 18 times.

Boss Harry Red­knapp tried 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.

And he hopes he can build up a good re­la­tion­ship with Ade­bayor to help him keep scor­ing.

“He’s bril­liant. I was look­ing for­ward to play­ing with him even be­fore he came,” said De­foe.

“There was a lot of spec­u­la­tion that he was com­ing and I just thought, ‘ Please let it hap­pen’ be­cause he’s a great player.


“He’s quick, he can head it, he’s strong and he’s 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.”

De­foe had to wait un­til March to score his first league goal of the last cam­paign af­ter be­ing dogged by loss of form and fit­ness.

But he reck­ons this sea­son will be a dif­fer­ent story.

“I’ve a had a good pre­sea­son. Last year I didn’t get one so that made it very dif­fi­cult,” added De­foe.

“If you put in the work in pre-sea­son you’ll have a

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