Clint Dempsey was a late entry into Tottenham’s 0-0 draw with lowly Queens Park Rangers, coming into the game in the 69th minute.
Neither Dempsey nor Spurs were able to create too many quality chances in the match. In fact, Tottenham’s two best chances on the day came early in the first half when QPR goalkeeper Cesar made two world-class stops on successive shots by Jermaine Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas now seems to prefer a front four of Adebayor, Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale with Dempsey being the preferred first substitute.
However, with Adebayor about to depart for the African Cup of Nations (via ESPN FC), Dempsey should find himself more regularly in the first XI for Spurs.
In net for Tottenham, Hugo Lloris continued to look strong, particularly in the 77th minute when he came well off his line to knock away a QPR through ball.
The play was all the more impressive considering Lloris beat speedy QPR winger Shawn Wright-Phillips to the ball on the play.
It’s difficult to believe American goalkeeper Brad Friedel would have been able to make the same play.