Tottenham Hotspur: Adebayor and Parker Prepare for Home Debuts Against Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur will try to avoid a second consecutive home loss at White Hart Lane on Sunday, as the North London outfit's two newest faces make their first appearances in front of the home supporters.
Scott Parker has already impressed in a Tottenham kit, starting in the midfield during last weekend's match against Wolves at Molineux. He became a powerful presence in keeping the clean sheet on the road, sprinting all around the pitch and utilizing the perfect combination of physicality and aggression to suppress the momentum of a side that was previously undefeated in the EPL's newest campaign.
Harry Redknapp was delighted with the impact Parker was already making on the squad, singing his praises in a recent interview.
"He's right up there with the best midfielders in the country, for sure," said the Tottenham manager. "He's top, top drawer. He's a real competitor and an all-round player."
Hotspur fans who didn't make the Wolverhampton trip are eagerly awaiting their opportunity to see the man in action on the Spurs side of the ball for themselves. But Parker is feeling the pressure.
"I’m looking forward to it and I’ll no doubt be nervous, as anyone would be," he said on the Tottenham Hotspur official website. "I’ll go out there and give it a real go."
The club's newest striker, Emmanuel Adebayor, acquired late in the transfer window on a one-year loan from Manchester City, has already had his opportunity to shine for Spurs as well. Ade scored during his road debut with the club, constituting only the second goal of Tottenham's EPL season. The goal was all that Spurs would need to leave Molineux with their first three points.
Last season, Tottenham supporters made international headlines when Spurs faced off against Real Madrid in a tough Champions League quarterfinal matchup. Chants from those supporters were directed at the former Arsenal man, allegedly containing racist connotations that resulted in further investigation of the club and their fans.
Luckily, Adebayor didn't take it too personally, saying "big players better than me have tried to stop that, but it's not easy at all. Racist? We have done everything we can to show the red card to racism. But people are still into it, that's part of life."
If there's any lingering animosity from Adebayor for the content of those chants, he hasn't made any mention of it. It obviously didn't prevent him from making the move to North London, and it certainly didn't prevent him from showing up at full capacity for the club last weekend.
Sunday will be Tottenham's opportunity to make up for those mistakes (to some degree) and show the Togolese striker some love and support. Adebayor's home debut at White Hart Lane will be far less about Spurs supporters forgiving him for having played for Arsenal, and much more about showing him that those embarrassing chants from certain parts of the stands are far from a unified consensus.
And hopefully it will be very much about Adebayor scoring a goal or two.
Adebayor and Parker are both hoping to see their individual successes from the Wolverhampton match carry over to their home debuts at White Hart Lane, in a match that Redknapp predicted to be "a great game between two even teams."
Redknapp sees Spurs entering themselves into a season-long battle with Liverpool and Arsenal for the fourth place spot for Champions League football in 2012-13, with Adebayor and Parker providing the crucial assistance necessary to improve on last season's fifth-place finish.
"It's going to be tough," said Redknapp. "But we have got good players, a good squad and we will be right there again."
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