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Jermain Defoe v Roberto Soldado: Who should start?

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It's a position some Premier League managers would kill to be in, two top quality forwards, in form, but only one place in the starting line up. Who should it be? 

Saturday is the big one. Mentor v Apprentice. Young blood vs The Special One. The first time Andre Villas-Boas will face his former tutor Jose Mourinho since the pair split back in October 2009. The pair ending a seven year association with Villas-Boas set to take charge of Academica de Coimbra in Portugal. 

But what about selection? On the one hand you have Jermain Defoe, leading the club's scoring charts so far this season, with six goals in six games, and only three starts, what more does Defoe have to do to force his way into AVB's team for Saturday's game? 

On the other hand, you have Roberto Soldado, Spurs' £26 million summer acquisition, who started the season with a bang, scoring four in four, but who has recently seen a dip in form which has seen him fail to hit the back of the net in Tottenham's last three league games. 

There's no question Defoe is one of the best finishers in the game. His eye for goal, and his ability to get into such dangerous positions are almost second to none. His goalscoring record for Spurs speaks for itself. With 139 goals in 347 games, he is fifth in Tottenham's all time top scorers list, behind Cliff Jones. 

Some would say Defoe is too one dimensional, he only has one thing in mind when he gets the ball and that's to try and get a shot away. But as his record shows, it works. You could argue that his link up play isn't great, but he's a poacher.

He plays on the shoulder of the last defender and uses his pace to get in behind. Or he gets the ball to feet and somehow manages to find a yard of space and work the keeper. Yes he's single minded, but when you an eye for goal like him you can hardly blame him.

Soldado is a much more rounded player. He can hold the ball up, link up with the midfield, and there's no doubt about his goal scoring ability either. My only problem is the fact that he's new to the Premier League. He's still coming to terms with it.

The game against Arsenal was a perfect example. It was his first real test against a top English side, and he put in a sub-standard performance to say the least. He was anonymous for a majority of the game. 

Chelsea, although they haven't enjoyed their best start to the season, are tougher opposition than that of Arsenal, especially in defence. With the likes of John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, and Gary Cahill, three top centre halves with bags of experience, I think Soldado will struggle to make an impact. 

It's still a tough call for AVB. Soldado was obviously brought in to score goals, but will obviously need some time to fully get to grips the pace and physicality of the Premier League, and when he does he'll be deadly. But with Defoe looking so sharp in front of goal, and with a big point to prove, I have to say I'd fancy him for Saturday's game.

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