The Togolese marksman has been on loan in north London from Manchester City this season, but his future is somewhat unclear due to seemingly unmatchable wage demands.
Van der Vaart has hailed Adebayor’s influence at Tottenham and admitted that he hopes the African striker stays with the club.
“He is a great player for us, works his socks off and we love him here,” the Netherlands international told the London Evening Standard.
“He played for Real Madrid, Arsenal and City and I was surprised he came but I hope he stays.
“He is a top striker, one of the best I’ve played with. I played with Ruud van Nistelrooy; (with Real Madrid and Holland) he was fantastic.
“Normally strikers wait for their chances and score but he [Adebayor] is working and even when he doesn’t score he is still important for the team and that’s what makes him a big man for us.
“Last season I had a good understanding with Peter Crouch but with him it’s even better. He is tall, strong and also is not selfish,” Van der Vaart concluded.
By Gareth McKnight