Jenas hails leader Berbatov
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jermaine Jenas has praised striker Dimitar Berbatov, not only for his goals.
Jermaine Jenas has praised striker Dimitar Berbatov, not only for his goals, but his leadership skills and overall work ethic.
The Tottenham striker is going through a rich vein of form, with his latest double helping Spurs advance to the quarter-finals of the Uefa Cup.
Berbatov's pair saw Martin Jol's men past Braga on Wednesday, but another aspect of the Bulgarian's game has impressed Jenas.
"Not only has Dimitar scored goals for us, he has been a leader," the midfielder told The Daily Telegraph.
"He has helped in terms of the work ethic we think we should put in - he tracks back, works hard, takes responsibility, and now he is getting his rewards."
Jenas knows Spurs must take advantage of Berbatov's run of goals, with games against Watford and Chelsea coming up before the international break.
"All forwards work on confidence, and Dimitar's confidence looks as though it is going through the roof. It's great for him - the problem is maintaining that," he said.
Meanwhile, Jenas hopes Berbatov can help him force his way into Steve McClaren's plans, however, the 24-year-old concedes he faces a challenge with the players ahead of him.
He added: "It is up to me, and some of the other younger midfielders, to break the barrier.
"I have not had many opportunities yet for England - only against Australia and Azerbaijan, mainly, and from that point I have been pretty much a squad player.
"But I am happy with that. I know I'm going to get the opportunities."