Moyes Warns Harry
Everton boss applauds Spurs counterpart ahead of clash.
David Moyes says Tottenham will be wary of Everton when they welcome them to White Hart Lane on Wednesday evening.
The north Londoners currently sit third in the Premier League table and could go level on points with second-placed Manchester United should they record an eighth home win of the campaign.
But the Blues held Harry Redknapp's side to a deserved draw in the corresponding fixture last season and Moyes is sure the hosts will be bracing themselves for a tight tussle once again.
"Over the years the games [between Everton and Tottenham] have been tight," said the Everton boss at his pre-match press conference. "Harry [Redknapp] will not be daft. He'll know that if you're going to play Everton then you're going to have to play well to get a result."
Moyes did concede, however, that the task of prevailing at Tottenham is getting tougher by the year.
The Scot praised the stylish brand of football Spurs have developed under Redknapp, insisting they must be considered genuine contenders for the Premier League crown.
"We know we're going to have to play extremely well to get a result at Tottenham because they're a good side,” he said. “They're one of the sides you would go and probably pay to watch. Well, I certainly would at the moment. I think they're exciting, they've got speed, they've got players with really good ability all over the pitch - they're a good team. What they are doing and the way they are playing is terrific.
"I think we're up against genuine title contenders. They've continued to kick on and they've brought in over the years some really good players. [Rafael] Van der Vaart, for example, is one and Scotty Parker recently as well. So they've got a really good team and, yes, they are title contenders."
Redknapp's success since taking over the reins from Juande Ramos in October 2008 has seen him widely tipped to replace Fabio Capello once the Italian steps aside at the end of this summer's European Championships.
Moyes understands the support for the former West Ham, Southampton and Portsmouth boss and believes the appointment would be a positive one for the Three Lions.
"Harry's done a brilliant job, he really has," said Moyes. "I think it would be great for England. I think Harry Redknapp looks a really good contender for the England job and deservedly so because he's got a really exciting Tottenham team."