Defoe’s In Demand
Jermain Defoe’s career has been turbulent to say the least. A career that showed such promise at West Ham has slowly come to a grinding halt with various stops around the country. Yet now at 29, the Tottenham striker might just get another chance.
Despite being adamant that he wishes to stay at Tottenham, Defoe’s frustrations may just see him leave this summer. According to the Metro, Defoe has been the subject of interest for QPR, Sunderland and Aston Villa with Paul Lambert in particular keen to add the striker.
Jermain has only scored 36 goals in 89 appearances since returning to Tottenham yet this is mostly down to his inability to succeed in Harry Redknapp’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. The arrival of Villas-Boas might not have encouraged the striker either – AVB prefers a 4-3-3 system with a lone striker through the middle.
So what is Defoe’s best option should he choose to leave White Hart Lane? Paul Lambert has been an avid fan of the striker this summer and is keen to get him through the door of Villa Park this summer, along with Kenwyne Jones, to partner Darren Bent. Yet personally, I think a more local move would be in the forwards best interests.
QPR are a team that needs to improve this summer. With a wealth of new players arriving and Mark Hughes at the helm, the side will certainly be looking to improve on their return to the Premier League last year when they narrowly avoided relegation.
Hughes has strenghted the defence and front line this summer with the acquisitions of Fabio, Ryan Nelsen, Junior Hoilett and Park Ji-Sung amongst others. Yet despite the depth that has been built this summer, Defoe would be a great addition to the Queens Park squad. Despite being 29, the striker is certainly not short of pace and is still a natural finisher.
Yet the move would also be good for Defoe. Hughes would certainly pair him up should he choose to move to White City, with Defoe certainly performing better in a partnership, Hughes will have his pick of forwards to play alongside the England international
Villa may also be another option for Defoe. Despite not being as hyped as Brendan Rodgers, Paul Lambert is an exciting manager who will hopefully rejuvenate the players and supporters alike at Villa Park. In Villa, Defoe would be joining another side hoping for a better campaign than last season. Likewise, he would also be used in a partnership, either with Darren Bent or Kenwyne Jones should he also be signed, which will bring out the best in the Tottenham striker.
Yet I still think QPR would be the best destination for the forward. Staying in his hometown, Defoe would have the chance to be part of an exciting squad that Mark Hughes has developed this summer. Perhaps finally, he might be given the attention he has craved for.