Emmanuel Adebayor partnership excites Jermian Defoe

Jermain Defoe
A loss of form meant Defoe didn't score in the Premier League until March last season

Tottenham's Jermain Defoe believes he can forge a partnership with Emmanuel Adebayor that will improve the club's poor goalscoring record.

Spurs scored the fewest of the top six sides last season but both new signing Adebayor on his debut and Defoe were on target in Saturday's 2-0 win at Wolves.

"He's quick, he can head it, he is strong and a good finisher," Defoe said of the on-loan Manchester City player.

"I was looking forward to [the partnership] even before he came."

Spurs' four established strikers - Defoe, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Peter Crouch and Robbie Keane - only managed 18 Premier League goals between them last season as Spurs only matched the tally of relegated Blackpool and finished fifth - outside the Champions League places.

Comprehensive 3-0 and 5-1 defeats to Manchester United and City in their opening matches of the new campaign suggested problems still existed until Adebayor's introduction against Wolves sparked their season into life.

And Defoe suggested he had been energised by the arrival of the Togolese forward having had to wait until March to score the first of his four league goals last campaign.

"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," Defoe said.

"He can do everything. Him being there [against Wolves] freed me up a bit because it allowed me to drop deep, get on the ball and beat players so it was good."

Defoe added that his own form had benefited from a proper pre-season as the club prepares for a run of games that sees them play testing run of games in which they play PAOK Salonika, Liverpool and Stoke within a six-day period.

"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," he said.

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