David Pleat admires the impact Ledley King has made in midfield in the last three games and states that he is vital player for now and the future.
The strapping 23-year-old returned to the first team fold as a midfield substitute against Middlesbrough just under two weeks ago having been missing with a hamstring strain since the Chelsea encounter in mid-September.
His 22-minute stint against Boro was followed, three days later by a two-hour Carling Cup tie against West Ham before he was substituted late on against Bolton last Sunday.
David points out that Ledley took on the challenge well short of match fitness.
"He's doing fine," said the caretaker boss. "I think he was tired on Saturday for the Bolton game and you have to remember that Ledley has not even played a reserve game for weeks and weeks.
"I bought him in to start against West Ham and he stood up magnificently in the centre of midfield. It definitely took its toll though.
"He is a crucial player, not only for now, but for for Spurs' future."
Ledley returning to the midfield role he once briefly occupied under George Graham reminded David of a game during his last caretaker spell in charge in March 2001.
His injury-ravaged troops travelled across to Highbury and a close friend of Ledley, Alton Thelwell, was assigned the task of shackling Patrick Vieira.
"I remember Alton Thelwell playing in midfield with instructions to cope with Vieira. He did it tremendously well in his own way but, of course, we didn't create and were on the back foot.
"We did succumb to two late goals. They were restraining tactics and, at this moment too, it is very difficult. We have just had a good run of six games followed by a bad defeat - not a heavy defeat, but a bad defeat.
"We've now got to go to Arsenal who play very much in free spirited way. Do you try and contain the game? Keep it tight and solid and hope for a break, or do you try and go and play?
"Either way, If you get the wrong result you won't get any credit."
Meanwhile, David says striker Helder Postiga must be patient in his play as he awaits his first goal and try to ignore any negative comment.
"Helder must be single minded and must take the criticism in his stride, if there is criticism and just wait for his game to flow.
"He's a very well respected young striker who had a very good season last year in Europe and in club football and sometimes you have to be patient. He has quality there and we have to nurse him along," added David, who did not disagree when it was suggested that a goal at Highbury off his shin would be a major confidence boost.
"Whether it comes off his shin or somewhere else, we would be happy if we could get a win - more than happy."