Jermain Defoe has publically declared his frustration regarding his irregular first-team football with Spurs, with rumours of his departure gaining momentum; with interested clubs Reading, West Ham and Liverpool all said to be on alert according to the Daily Mail.
His playing career has seen him score 195 goals in 470 games for Portsmouth, West Ham and his current club Tottenham. However for unknown reasons to the fans, he has failed to successfully challenge for a first team place in the Spurs squad despite 3 major managerial replacements including: Martin Jol, Juande Ramos and Harry Redknapp.
He is undoubtedly a wasted talent on the bench at Tottenham but I’m not convinced he could successfully play in AVB’s formation, due to his height not allowing him to play as a lone striker in Villas-Boas’ favoured 4-3-3 formation. If Defoe is to stay with the club, he is likely to play alongside Bale or Sigurdsson on the left wing and Van Der Vaart on his right side.
But, with Defoe being 29 years old, he would be one of the more experienced players for Spurs in a new transfer policy which is being aimed at buying young players who will be long-term options for the club; as shown by the transfers of Sigurdsson and Vertonghen.
Whilst Defoe is very impressive with his long range efforts, this trait could be replaced by Gylfi Sigurdsson should Defoe leave, who proved himself on loan at Swansea last season.
But personally, I don’t feel that Defoe adds anything to the squad apart from his impressive out-of-the box shooting record, with an obvious weak aerial threat and inability to adapt to new tactics such as being the lone striker.
For me, I would prefer to see Doumbia, Adebayor or even Sturridge play in a Spurs shirt who would be able to use their clinical finishing, great movement and outstanding footwork to help see Spurs challenge for a Champions League spot next season.