After last night’s great performance by Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe, critics have again questioned why the 29 year old struggles to break into the Tottenham starting eleven.
The Englishman scored the winning goal against Italy last night, as Defoe scored a typical out-of-the box goal which has risen the profile of the striker.
But, with the 5 foot 5 inch striker failing to make his mark in the Tottenham team, despite having a career at White Hart Lane spanning 4 permenant managers, Villas-Boas will now be the 5th Tottenham manager Defoe has worked under.
Jermain Defoe’s height has seen him struggle in the Tottenham team, where wing play from Lennon, Walker, Assou-Ekotto and Bale result in crosses into the box. But, with the likes of Crouch and Adebayor being tall enough to reach the ball and score from these opportunities, it has seen Defoe take an unfortunate step backwards in his career to be an impact-sub.
Defoe has even voiced his frustration regarding this situation, calling for AVB to sort his future or he will leave the club.
The striker scored 15 times last season in 33 games for all competitions, a record which has attracted the attention of Premier League clubs such as Sunderland, Aston Villa, QPR and even Liverpool.
But, with the likes of Adebayor and Leandro Damiao set to join White Hart Lane with rumours of their arrivals gathering pace, it wouldn’t be a catastrophic decision for Defoe to be sold, if the correct replacement is lined up.
Adebayor and Damiao have both shown their ability to fit into AVB’s tactics, with them both being able to play as a lone striker or in a 4-3-3 formation, which Villas Boas is yet to enforce. But Defoe has not show this attribute.
Whilst it is obvious that Jermain Defoe is underused at Tottenham, with the club set to splurge on Adebayor and Damiao, it would more of a waste of money if Defoe is not the bench-warmer for yet another season.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!