Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe seems to be at a crossroads in his career at the moment. At 29 years old one would assume his career is coming into the final few years, especially with pace and stamina being the most important attributes of a Premiership forward.
This season he has had to sit on the bench much more than he would have liked, being third choice behind Louis Saha and Emmanuelle Adebayor.
Despite the fact he has only started 11 league games this season he has still managed to get on the scoresheet 10 times in the league and 16 times in all competitions.
Below we look at three reasons why it is time for Defoe to leave Spurs and ply his trade elsewhere next season:
Craving Not Getting
To be fair Defoe has been in this position before. He is desperate for regular first team football to try to concrete a place in the England team. Unfortunately for him, despite what Redknapp may promise, he isn’t in the plans at Spurs.
Harry wants to use Defoe as an impact player, someone he can bring on with 20 minutes to go to offer something different and maybe nick a goal. It is time for Redknapp to be honest with the striker and stop promising future opportunities. Defoe needs to learn from the past, exactly the same thing happened last time he was at Spurs which is why he left.
It is obvious he loves the club, but with the likes of Giroud, Remy, Rossi, Sterling, Ribeiro, Llorente and Damiao all being linked with the club maybe he needs to read between the lines.
He Be A Success Elsewhere
Defoe’s goalscoring record speaks for itself. He has the natural ability to score goals and this ability must be very attractive to many other Premiership managers. Despite being used so sparingly this season he has still managed to get into double figures at White Hart Lane and one wonders how many he may have got if he was a regular starter.
For a smaller club his goals could easily be the difference between staying up and being relegated. And if he was to do a job elsewhere he could soon find England knocking on his door once more.
The Bridge Is Burned With Harry
As mentioned previously Defoe makes no secret of his love of the club and I believe Redknapp uses this fact to keep the striker ‘hanging on’ despite having little intention of giving the forward the regular football he craves.
The striker admitted he asked Redknapp if he could leave on loan in January, but his request was turned down, according to an article in the Mail. He is quoted as saying:
The manager picks the team and I would never be disrespectful to the manager. But when someone doesn’t talk to you and explain what’s going on it’s hard.’
‘He said to me (Redknapp) “I don’t want you to go on loan. We are trying to do something special here. Don’t go.” And so I stayed. And I worked hard to keep myself sharp. But I still have’t had that run of games.’
Well Jermain, respect goes both ways. Redknapp promises much and delivers little. Move elsewhere and score your goals. But this time don’t get persuaded to return by his empty promises.
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