Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has hailed the influence of defender Ledley King - and claims his club captain deserves comparisons with the likes of Bobby Moore and Alan Hansen.
King has long battled a chronic knee complaint and was restricted to just nine appearances last season before having more surgery over the summer. Yet Redknapp perseveres with the 30-year-old due to his contribution when fit, a fact again demonstrated during Saturday's 2-0 win at Wolves.
Redknapp said: "Ledley is an amazing player. He only ever trains for a few minutes the day before a game. It will take all week now for his knee to go down and then we will try and get him on the park next Sunday (against Liverpool) but he is one of the best centre-halfs you will ever see."
He added: "It is no coincidence that he comes back into the side and we win 2-0. I brought him back at Liverpool at the end of last season and we also won 2-0 there.
"He is different class, he gives an air of confidence, he knows what he is doing. People around Ledley respond to him.
"He doesn't make too many last-ditch tackles because he is already in position to deal with it.
"Like the Bobby Moores and Alan Hansens over the years, they understand what they are doing - and that's what he does."
It was an almost perfect day for Redknapp, with on-loan Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor off the mark and another newcomer, Scott Parker, bossing the midfield.
Redknapp said: "I was delighted with Ade's performance and it looks like his partnership with Jermain has the makings of a good combination.
"Scotty gave us so much in midfield. He patrolled that area, broke up attacks and put the ball through for the opening goal."
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