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Tottenham must start Jermain Defoe against West Ham

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Jermain Defoe scored once again last night as Tottenham claimed a routine win against Anzi Makhachkala.

The Russian side have become much less formidable since Suleiman Kerimov -their oligarch owner - decided that he didn't want to bankroll the team's big-money acquisitions any longer. Stars such as Samuel Eto'o and Willian have left the Russian side in recent weeks.

Defoe's goal took his tally to seven goals in four starts this season, none of which have come in the Premier League.

Ordinarily, good form is rewarded with more time on the pitch. However, the situation at Tottenham is one where there are a number of big money signings - bankrolled by Gareth Bale's departure to Real Madrid - who need to be accommodated.

Roberto Soldado is the new striker who has been favoured over Jermain Defoe this season.

Signed from Valencia for £26 million, the Spaniard has scored two league goals in six appearances so far.

Those figures indicate that Defoe should be given a starting chance. By all indications, the England forward is in brilliant form, whereas Soldado's performances have dipped since he scored in two successive league games earlier in the season.

However, the indications are that Defoe will be dropped in favour of Soldado for the game against West Ham.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas pointed to Soldado starting against the Hammers when - speaking on the BBC, he said: "We have to judge recovery. JD (Defoe) was involved today and Soldado wasn't, it is a question of deciding what is best for the team."

Teams often do not perform at their best when players are picked on reputation and not form. Some managers have pandered to their wealthy high earners and kept them in the first XI.

On the other hand, some managers have demonstrated that they have the will to drop out-of-form stars.

Sir Alex Ferguson dropped Wayne Rooney in favour of Danny Welbeck against Real Madrid last season; Rooney had not been playing well.

Whilst Soldado is not playing badly, he has not scored in four games. Defoe is clearly in brilliant form and deserves the chance to prove that he can rival the £26 million Spaniard for the starting spot in Villas-Boas's side.

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