Jermain Defoe likely to be dropped for West Ham clash
Andre Villas-Boas hints Roberto Soldado will earn a recall for Sunday's game
Andre Villas-Boas has hinted that Jermain Defoe is unlikely to keep his spot for Tottenham's game against West Ham this weekend despite his goal-scoring exploits against Anzhi Makhachkala last night.
The diminutive forward has seven goals in eight appearances this term - including the opener in Spurs' 2-0 win over Anzhi last night - and has staked a claim for a regular starting spot ahead of £26 million summer signing Roberto Soldado, who has failed to find the back of the net in his last four outings.
Villas-Boas said he was pleased with the form of Defoe, who moved to within one goal of Martin Chivers' European goal record for the north London club, but hinted he would move back to the bench for Sunday's game at White Hart Lane.
"We have to judge recovery and the fact that JD was involved today and Soldado wasn't," he said. "Everything will come into consideration.
"We have been extremely happy with the performances of both. It is a question of deciding what is best for the team.
"It was another great goal, a great finish. It's really good to see him out there again doing extremely well whenever he's given the opportunity.
"He is a great professional, has a great attitude and now he's only one off Martin Chivers so it's a real great achievement for him.
"I think he has the ambition this season to go even further up the ladder in this record tally behind Martin Chivers and as a all-time goalscorer so I think that plays highly in his motivation, definitely."
Spurs took command of their Europa League group with the win over Anzhi in Moscow, with new-boy Nacer Chadli getting his name on the scoresheet alongside Defoe.
The north London side remain top of Group K, but their perfect evening was tarnished when defender Younes Kaboul, who missed the majority of last season through injury, picked up a knock.
"It's a bit of a problem because of his injury in the knee it has taken him time for his body to adapt to new positions on his run," Villas-Boas said.
"Because of that he's putting extra strain on his muscles and keeps getting small contractions that limit him finishing the games.
"At the moment it doesn't look very serious but it will force him to stop for a week or so.
"When we get him back we will give him a one-week or two-week preparation to be physically better."