Tactic Talk – Relief for Tottenham as Adebayor and Parker shine on debut

Tottenham Hotspur took their first points of the season with a 2-0 away victory at Molineux against Wolverhampton Wanderers. After heavy defeats to Manchester rivals, United and City, in their opening two games, and eight goals conceded to just one scored, Harry Redknapp’s side looked to add goals to their game as well as keep their first clean sheet of the season. Despite the best efforts of a Wolves side, unbeaten prior to hosting Spurs, Redknapp’s decision to recall Ledley King ultimately paid dividends, with the reintroduction of the injury-prone central defender key to the Tottenham backline shutting out their opposition for the first time this season.

At the other end of the park two other additions to the Redknapp’s starting lineup brought about the first breakthrough for the visitors. Scott Parker and Emannuel Adebayor, Tottenham summer signings from West Ham United and Manchester City respectively, were both selected for their debuts at Molineux and combined for the opening goal, with Parker poking Niko Kranjcar’s pass through to Adebayor who coolly rounded Wayne Henessey in the Wolves goal before slotting home for his debut goal. Kranjcar was involved again in the action, feeding Adebayor’s strike partner for the second goal. Receiving the ball from Jermain Defoe, the Croatian midfielder returned the ball to the England striker, who clinically controlled and finished to double the visitors’ advantage and seal the three points for his side.

The goals from two of Tottenham’s strikers come at an ideal time for Spurs boss Redknapp who admitted through the summer that his side was lacking firepower. Having failed to lure a key attacking signing in January – following a reported bid for Sergio Aguero who signed for Manchester City this summer – Spurs lacked the goals to see them return for a second successive season in the Champions League. With Robbie Keane leaving for LA Galaxy and Peter Crouch signing on at Stoke City, the addition of Adebayor could prove to be crucial as the forward looks to settle following a difficult season which saw him leave for Real Madrid on loan. With Defoe’s emphatic strike appearing to show signs of a return to form for the former Portsmouth man, Redknapp will be hopeful this is the birth of a new strike force for his side.

As Tottenham appeared to find their feet and kickstart their Premier League campaign, goals from Defoe and new boy Adebayor, with fellow summer signing Parker contributing from midfield, Redknapp will be hoping his transfer activity will add further quality to a Spurs squad looking to break into a chase for European qualification which is more competitive than ever. With productive performances from his forwards, combined with a much better defensive showing, the Spurs boss will be encouraged by his side’s improved display.

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