Reid impressed with Davids
By Paul Higham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Tottenham midfielder Andy Reid has lavished praise on new signing Edgar Davids saying he can be a massive influence on the team.
Spurs top the early Premiership table with two wins out of two, and Davids has brought an extra dimension to Martin Jol's side.
The fiery Dutchman made his debut in the 2-0 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday and Reid was impressed with his sparkling midfield display.
Republic of Ireland wide man Reid believes Davids can be a huge influence at White Hart Lane this season.
"Edgar was everywhere," said Reid. "He was winning tackles and getting the ball back. His quality on the ball is second to none.
"He has given everybody such a big lift. He is vocal in the dressing room and on the pitch. You can get any player to go out on the pitch and shout, rant and rave but he leads by example.
"It is easy to shout but if you are not going out and getting stuck in then it has no effect. But with Edgar - he is the real deal.
"His experience and steel does help and with every game we are growing in confidence and stature."
Reid says nobody at Spurs is getting carried away just yet but the early signs were promising for a good season to come.
"It is nice to be top but it doesn't really mean anything. We have six points from two games and we haven't conceded a goal yet.
"These are all positives we can take from the season so far.
"The players here put the expectation on themselves. We all believe we are quality players with a job to do and we try to do that every time we go onto the pitch."
Spurs boss Jol revealed that Davids had been working hard with his own personal physio to get ready for the Boro game.
"He is a pro," said Jol. "I was still worried about him before the game because he hasn't played for four or five months. But he looked like he was only 26 and at the top of his game.
"He had an injury last week but he was getting better and training three or four times a day.
"He has a physio with him in his hotel. On Wednesday he told me he was fine to play. He played in the training sessions in the rest of the week and looked good."