Both manager Harry Redknapp and Dutch playmaker Rafael Van Der Vaart have expressed their sympathy towards England striker Jermain Defoe after recently being omitted from the starting line- up.
Defoe started the season in sparkling form but has found himself being a spectator on the bench since Van Der Vaart has come back in the frame.
Even though it’s the Dutchmen’s sizzling goal-scoring form that is forcing the striker to endure life on the bench, it hasn’t stopped him from expressing his sympathy towards the 29-year-old. His five goals in his last four games has seen him given the nod to play along side Adebayor and has no intention of giving his spot just yet even if he does feel sorry for Jermain.
He said: “I just score my goals when I am picked,” he said. “I feel I am a starting player, so I am not worried about starting. But of course, I feel sorry for Jermain.”
Meanwhile Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has also expressed his sympathy adding: “I feel for Jermain at the moment.”
“It’s almost unfair that he’s not in the team but there is nothing we can do about that.”
“He has been in magnificent form and he can’t get in my team at the moment. He was almost unplayable in training this week, but Rafa has scored five in the last four.”
“Jermain is a sensible lad. I am sure he will look at it and he will see how well Rafa is playing, and Adebayor too.”
“If you look at Rafa’s goalscoring record it’s incredible. He is just a great finisher.”
“He is cool in front of goal and when the chances come he makes it look so easy. His two goals last week were world class.”
While Defoe receives much sympathy from his team and manager it will be highly unlikely that he will start in this Sunday’s clash with QPR. Tottenham will want to carry their impressive run when they take to the field at White Hart Lane the day before Halloween. I’m sure they will want to put on a show for the fans giving them a real treat instead of a nightmare performance. Last season Tottenham were shocking against opposition of a lower statue and will want to put that straight. It will be a fiery and competitive London derby and Tottenham will know they are in for a battle.