Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has hailed the influence of Andre Villas-Boas since the Portuguese manager replaced Harry Redknapp at White Hart Lane in the summer.

Villas-Boas arrived in north London with a reputation tarnished following his spell in charge at Chelsea and, following an initially slow start to his Spurs career, has the club moving in the right direction.

Defoe has certainly benefited since the arrival of Villas-Boas, with the Spurs boss affording the England striker plenty of opportunities at the peak of the club's attack.

The 30-year-old has repaid the faith of his manager, having contributed four Premier League goals so far this season, to outline his importance in the absence of Emmanuel Adebayor.

Defoe had been linked with a move away from Tottenham during the transfer window but has since committed his future to the club with a new contract, and will continue to play a prominent role this season.

And Defoe says he, and the rest of the Spurs squad, have Villas-Boas to thank for breathing new life into them this term.

"The manager has been great with all the players," Defoe told the Evening Standard.

"What I like about him is that every game has a different approach.

"You know how exactly we've got to play, when we've got the ball and not got the ball.

"Has he been good for me? He has been good for everyone. If you speak to any of the boys, they will say he has been fantastic.

"Every player knows their jobs and he has been brilliant."

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