Ryan Nelsen
Nelsen is poised to be a leader at Tottenham.

Incoming Tottenham men Ryan Nelsen and Louis Saha will both be a big influence for the squad on and off the pitch, according to Spurs assistant manager Kevin Bond, with their experience a big draw card as Redknapp signed the pair as deadline day came around.

Saha signed for Spurs on deadline day, and Nelsen the day after, following the New Zealand international being released from Blackburn by mutual consent.

And while both players are over the age of 30, Bond believes that rather than being a negative, their experience can serve as a helping hand as pressure mounts on Tottenham to shore up a place in the top four.

"They are the right characters," he said, as reported by Sky Sports. "Having those type of characters in the dressing room and the training ground will be really important for us.

"The type of people they are, I think they can make an important difference."

Both Saha and Nelsen are already completing training sessions with Tottenham, and Bond gave an insight on how the two are progressing, as Spurs prepare for a match up with Liverpool at the weekend.

"I wasn't in yesterday, but from what I am told, Louis Saha trained well," he said.

And for Nelsen, he added: "He is fit and eligible to play on Monday.

"I've just had a cup of tea with him in the canteen. He is looking forward to the challenge."

Tottenham are currently third on the table, and are still keeping the heat on leaders Manchester United and Manchester City.

Saha was seen as a direct replacement for Roman Palvyuchenkov, who left the club on the same day that the striker came on board to go to Russian outfit Lokomotiv Moscow.

Nelsen, meanwhile, is hoping to win medals and trophies with Tottenham, and though he's nervous about starting life at a new club, he's looking forward to it.

"Medals, trophies are things you strive for. Blackburn got to five semis and never made a final, so it's very exciting," Nelsen told New Zealand's 3News.

"[It] feels like you're going back to the first day of school, so yeah, everyone will be looking at you and judging you so I better clean my boots and comb my hair... it'll be fun."