Ledley King has paid tribute to his central defensive partner Jonathan Woodgate as ‘Woody' gets ready to hit the 300-game mark in his career.
'Woody' has played 54 times for us in all competitions since his arrival from Middlesbrough in January 2008 and will make it 300 in total if he plays at Blackburn on Saturday having kicked-off his career at Leeds United back in 1998.
He quickly wrote his name in Spurs folklore by grabbing the winner in last year's Carling Cup Final against Chelsea.
Ledley reckons he's clicked as well with the former Real Madrid man as any partner in almost 10 years at the club.
"Woody's a great player," said Ledley. "Without taking anything away from my other partners, he's probably the person I've connected with easiest in terms of a partnership.
"The Carling Cup Final was our first game together, we'd hardly trained before that but we seemed to click together straight away.
"We're quite similar and it seems to work. We're both experienced, both been through problems and maybe that makes us somehow help each other out and know each other's games and what to expect from each other.
"It's about working together and helping each other and we seem to do that well.
"I remember playing with him a couple of times all the way back in our England youth days but I don't think you realise how good someone is until you train with them every day and he's definitely a great player."
Michael Dawson makes it a terrific trio of central defenders at Harry Redknapp's disposal.
"Michael has been fantastic and whenever he plays he does a great job - we've some very good defenders at the club and that means competition for places and that's ideal for the club because it brings the best out of everyone," added Ledley.
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Woody's 299 so far
Jonathan Woodgate made his League debut for Leeds United against Aston Villa on September 19, 1998 and went on to play 142 games for the Yorkshire outfit. He also made 37 appearances for Newcastle United, 14 for Real Madrid and 52 for home town club Middlesbrough.
His tally since joining us in January 2008 is 54 matches. His total of 299 senior games comprises 226 League games plus 73 in cup competitions. His career goal tally stands at eight.