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DEFOE ON BARNEY ENTRANCE

Posted on 5 May 2006  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe was full of admiration for his latest strike partner last weekend.

Jermain Defoe was full of admiration for his latest strike partner last weekend.

With Robbie Keane forced from the action at half-time against Bolton, the little hitman was paired up for the second half with Lee Barnard. The reserves' top goalscorer did not disappoint and won full approval from the Spurs public for his tireless running, snapping into tackles and general unsettling of the visiting defences.

It was an approval shared by his front running mate of 45 minutes, who suggested it was always going to be a matter of time before the 21-year-old got his chance to impress.

"Unbelievable, the lads were laughing and saying he did more running than all of us in the whole game!" said Jermain with a big smile.

"I guess a lot of the fans do know about him because he has scored so many goals for the ressies. Every time people come in after a ressie game they seem to say 'Barney scored again' and his record has been excellent.

"He is a great player in training, he trains with us and scores a lot of goals. He makes it look easy and it is good for the future of the club. Hopefully next season he will get more chances and score goals.

"I believe he can score goals in the Premiership because he is such a big talent," added Jermain, who believes defenders will be making a mistake if they think they can push the slim frame of Barney about.

"He is a typical English forward - he came on and fought for every ball. He is not the biggest, but he is a strong lad and a good player."