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Ledley's the shining light

Posted on 11 September 2011  - 12:00

Emmanuel Adebayor and Scott Parker might have taken the headlines, but Harry Redknapp couldn't praise highly enough the performance of the returning Ledley King after the 2-0 win at Wolves.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Scott Parker might have taken the headlines, but Harry Redknapp couldn't praise highly enough the performance of the returning Ledley King after the 2-0 win at Wolves.

Ledley had an arthroscopy on his left knee on July 11 and had hardly trained in pre-season, but was thrown back in at the deep end by the manager at Molineux after Michael Dawson suffered an Achilles problem in training late in the week.

As always Ledley, who returned from a lengthy absence to feature in the final two games of last season, looked like he'd never been away.

Brad Friedel was forced into one outstanding save in the first half but the home side were generally kept at a distance as we ran out 2-0 winners with goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe in the second half.

"Ledley's an amazing player, one of the best centre-halves you’ll ever see," said Harry.

"He hasn’t trained, hasn’t kicked a ball, comes back and it’s no coincidence we win the game 2-0.

"I brought him back into the side at Liverpool at the end of last season, same thing, we won 2-0. He’s different class.

"He gives an air of confidence because knows what he’s doing and there is nothing better than having someone who gets in the right position before situations develop. Players around respond to him. He’s a top-class player."