Benoit backs Adebayor move

Spurs full-back not worried about striker's reputation

Last Updated: 22/08/11 9:28am

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Benoit Assou-Ekotto is confident Emmanuel Adebayor will help Tottenham Hotspur to challenge for qualification for the UEFA Champions League.

Spurs are hoping to sign Adebayor on loan from Manchester City after the striker was frozen out of Roberto Mancini's plans at the Etihad Stadium.

Adebayor scored twice against Spurs while on loan at Real Madrid last season and also spent three-and-a-half years at arch rivals Arsenal.

However, Assou-Ekotto is not concerned by Adebayor's past and believes the Togolese can enjoy a productive campaign at White Hart Lane.

"I played against him when I was young [in France] so I know him well," said Assou-Ekotto in the Daily Telegraph.

"He is a little bit like Peter Crouch but with more mobility. He will find a good complicity with Defoe because Jermain is used to playing with that style of player.

"We saw what he did against us in Madrid last season, so I am sure he will help us.

"If the manager signs him it's not to finish fifth or sixth. He's a player from one of the big four and if we get a player from one of those clubs, it's for Tottenham to finish in the big four.

"We know his reputation but we don't care about that if he scores many goals."

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