Tottenham goalkeeping coach Tony Parks has praised the professionalism of reserve stopper Carlo Cudicini, who continues to impress between the sticks when called upon.

The 38-year-old Italian has been an ever-present in Spurs' FA Cup campaign this term, and is set to start when Bolton Wanderers visit White Hart Lane for this weekend's quarter-final clash.

The fine form of summer signing Brad Friedel has limited Cudicini to only a handful of appearances, featuring in nine of the 13 cup games which also include Europa League and Carling Cup outings in 2011-12.

"I think we're lucky in that I don't think there is a better person to have as a back-up goalkeeper than Carlo Cudicini anywhere in world football," Parks told Tottenham's official website. "I'd go as far as to say that.

 

"I don't see anyone who puts so much into it and doesn't become affected by not playing for long periods."

Outstanding performances against PAOK and Rubin Kazan in Europe, and Watford in the FA Cup came prior to an inspirational showing to help Harry Redknapp's side get past Stevenage in the previous round, meaning Cudicini has more than earned his inclusion in tomorrow's match-day squad.

The veteran is not used to watching on from the sidelines, but it is a situation he has been forced to settle for in north London, such is the quality of goalkeeping options.

"Carlo can go for weeks and weeks without playing a game and when you need him, he steps in and plays well," Parks continued. "I don't think that has been underlined more than this season.

 

"He's so composed and he's just such a nice and easy guy to work with. In fact, all the goalkeepers are easy to work with because they all know how to do the job properly."

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