Tottenham Hotspur are our biggest rivals. Full stop. There are many who will say that we have a bigger rivalry with Millwall but, for me, there’s no rivalry between us – it’s pure hatred.
When I used to play, the games against Spurs were always good battles – I even got sent off in a testimonial game against them. That’s how much I always wanted to beat them! Sure they beat us at the start of the season and have been on a good run of late but we managed to beat them three times last season – twice at White Hart Lane.
The form book goes out the window in these derby games – it just comes down to who wants to win it the most. As for the saga over Emmanuel Adebayor not coming to West Ham on loan because Daniel Levy stopped it, I completely understand where he is coming from. It’s football and I can understand why he did what he did.
For me, I’m glad he didn’t come. I don’t think he would have been good for us at all. He’s an OK player when he wants to be but that’s usually when he wants a contract and after he’s got that, he’s just lazy. There’s no way West Ham fans would have warmed to him at all because of his lack of workrate .
Strikers should be like Tevez who work, work and work. That’s what football is all about.