Harry Redknapp knew just what he was getting when he signed Scott Parker and, hence, was unsurprised by the England midfielder's seamless transition from the Npower Championship to Barclays Premier League.
Parker was one of Spurs' star performers at Molineux on Saturday as the north London club secured their first win of the season with a 2-0 win over Wolves.
The 30-year-old provided the assist for fellow summer signing Emmanuel Adebayor to net the opening and, following the win, Redknapp was proud of his recent acquisitions.
"I was delighted with Emmanuel’s performance and Scott Parker, he gave us so much in midfield," said the Spurs boss. "He controlled it for us, got his tackles in, broke up attacks.
"Scott’s not just a good player but a top-class professional, someone you can talk to about football.
"He knows what you are trying to do, he understands the game, can read the game and pulls players into position.
"He’s a top-class player and he was excellent for us."
Parker was unveiled as a Spurs player last Friday, after his exploits on international duty delayed press duties following his deadline day move from West Ham.
And Redknapp believes the current Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year is up there with the best midfielders in the country.
"I've always loved Scott as a player, always felt he was really good from his early days at Charlton," explained Redknapp.
"I think he's only now getting the recognition he deserves. In the last couple of years people have realised just what a good player he is.
"He's right up there with the best midfielders in the country, for sure. He's top, top drawer.
"He's a real competitor and an all-round player. For me, he's not just a defensive midfielder, he can do the lot. He can surge forward, make goals, score goals, he's a box-to-box midfielder.
"I don't see him as just being a holding midfielder, as such. He'll do his job in there, win his tackles, win the ball and is a great passer."
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