Lloris praises team player Adebayor

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has hailed in-form striker Emmanuel Adebayor for his all-round contribution to the team.

The Togo international has looked rejuvenated under new coach Tim Sherwood after being isolated from first-team duty by Andre Villas-Boas.

Adebayor has scored five goals in his last six Premier League outings, including a brace in Tottenham's 3-1 victory at Swansea City on Sunday.

Lloris believes the former Manchester City forward should be credited for his general play, not just his goalscoring exploits.

"Take away the fact that he scored the goals, he worked a lot of the team," he told the club's official website.

"He made a lot of runs and created a lot of space around him.

"Sometimes when you are struggling in a game he's a good target, he can keep the ball and help the team to play higher up the pitch.

"He's a top player and a decisive player."

Adebayor's purple patch in front of goal has coincided with a fine run of form for Tottenham, who have won four straight Premier League matches to move up to fifth and sit outside the UEFA Champions League spots only by virtue of goal difference.