Tottenham Hotspur pre-match latest: including Parker and Benteke

A round-up of news and views relating to Tottenham Hotspur ahead of their Europa League clash with Basel tonight.

Andre Villas-Boas has defended the form of Emmanuel Adebayor, saying that the striker is doing a lot for the team despite his lack of goals this season. Villas-Boas said that Adebayor had done a fine job linking the play for the team, and may have sacrificed some of his goal threat in doing this.

Scott Parker has said that he believes winning the Europa League would be an indication that Tottenham Hotspur are moving in the right direction as a club. Spurs face Basel in the quarter-finals later today hoping to keep themselves in the hunt for a first piece of silverware since 2008.

Parker has also said that winning the competition would mean far more than the trophies he collected in his stint at Chelsea. Parker did not feature enough in their Premier League win in 2005 to receive a winner’s medal, although replicas were made for the players in the squad who did not reach the ten game mark required:

“There were four of us who didn’t play enough games and the club got the medals made. But I wouldn’t have a clue where that is now. That says a lot.

“We won the league and the Carling Cup so I saw what it was like to be a part of days like that and what they do for the fans. I’d love to be a part of that again but if we won the Europa League, I’m sure I’d treasure that a lot more.”

Chris Waddle has said it would be “farcical” to rest Gareth Bale giving the performances he has produced in the last few months. Bale has played 45 games for club and country this year, and could play 12 more if Spurs go all the way in the Europa League, but Waddle believes there is no reason to give him a rest at this crucial stage of the season.

In transfer news, Spurs have been linked with 17 year old Nigerian winger Moses Daddy-Ajala, who is also rumoured to be a target for Liverpool.

There have also been reports that a £15million move for Christian Benteke will be at the heart of a reshuffle of Spurs’ strike force this summer. The Belgian has impressed for Aston Villa this season, and might be on the move this summer if Paul Lambert’s side are relegated.

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