Lloris praises 'decisive player' Adebayor

The Spurs goalkeeper believes the former Arsenal and Manchester City forward deserves credit for his teamwork, as well as his goalscoring exploits, during his fine run of form
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has hailed in-form striker Emmanuel Adebayor for his all-round contribution to the Spurs team.

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The Togo international has looked rejuvenated under new coach Tim Sherwood after being isolated from first-team duty by Andre Villas-Boas, scoring five times in his last six Premier League outings.

And Lloris believes the former Manchester City, Arsenal and Real Madrid forward should be credited for his general play, not just his goalscoring exploits.

"He's a top player and a decisive player," he told the club's official website.

"Take away the fact that he scored the goals, he worked a lot of the team. He made a lot of runs and created a lot of space around him.

"Sometimes when you are struggling in a game he's a good target, he can keep the ball and help the team to play higher up the pitch."

Adebayor's purple patch in front of goal has coincided with a fine run of form for Tottenham, who have won four straight Premier League matches to move them up to fifth in the table.