Former Spurs icon Ossie Ardiles believes Tottenham have Scott Parker and Emmanuel Adeybayor to thank for their remarkable turn around in form this season.
Harry Redknapp’s men suffered heavy defeats at the hands of both Manchester City and Manchester United in their opening two games of the season, shipping eight goals and scoring just one to leave them in the relegation zone and casting doubts over their ability to challenge for a top four spot.
However the arrival of Adebayor and Parker, who are yet to end up on the losing side in a white shirt, has coincided with an eight game winning streak that has moved Spurs into 5th place, level on points with Chelsea, and Ardiles believes that the arrival of the pair has moved Redknapp’s squad to the next level.
"We started the season with two bad defeats against United and City, probably these two will fight it out for the number one spot but after that we have been absolutely superb," the Argentinian told TalkSport.
"I think Adebayor and Scott Parker have made a hell of a difference in our team."
He added: "I think we are very very confident. Last season we were in the Champions League and that was a pretty good team but I think this team is much much better. The team last season was superb in some games but others played not so well, but this team they play much more the same way and are a much better team.
"I think with Scott Parker in midfield we needed somebody like him to hold the midfield together and give Luka Modric – for my money he is our best player - the freedom to go forward."
Spurs take on Aston Villa on Monday evening before going up against West Brom, Bolton, Stoke and Sunderland in the lead up to the Christmas period, with Redknapp returning to the dugout for the first time at Villa Park since October after the former Portsmouth boss underwent heart surgery.