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Jermain Defoe must leave Tottenham for MLS

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Defoe has struggled to be a regular in AVB's side (©GettyImages)
Defoe has struggled to be a regular in AVB's side (©GettyImages).

When under Harry Redknapp, Jermain Defoe scored for fun at times.

He now finds himself sat on the bench in most of Tottenham's Premier League games, playing no more than twenty minutes if he's lucky.

Despite scoring 8 in 13 appearances, they have all come in either the League Cup or Europa League.

Thursday's Europa League clashes for a betting man have become known as 'Defoe Thursday's' with him being an any time goalscorer a bang on cert.

Summer signing Roberto Soldado for £26 million from Valencia has became the number one striker at Spurs, and has bagged 6 goals in 10 appearances. 

Andre Villas-Boas also seems keen on bringing in Brazilian Alexander Pato to strengthen his options up top. 

This puts Defoe in a really difficult situation.

Interest from MLS side Toronto FC must really tempt Defoe to leave White Heart Lane. And so he should.

It is understandable that Defoe wants to fight for his place. He is a proven goalscorer in both the Premier League and for England. He is a classic goal poacher, however is very cool when one on one with the goalkeeper. 

With the World Cup fast approaching, the Tottenham striker will want to keep in the public eye. He is an out and out striker which Roy Hodgson must take to Brazil.

But with him not getting minutes on the pitch at Spurs, how will this increase his chance?

It is clear that forwards Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck are well ahead in the pecking order. Both Rooney and Sturridge are in fine form for both are their clubs and lead the line.

Defore also has Rickie Lambert to compete with. His career is inspirational, playing in the top league for the first time aged 29 and scoring 15 goals in the season. He is the main man at Southampton and offers a different approach if needs be to the England side.

They'll also have Theo Walcott who can play up top if needs be.

Will Hodgson want any more than four out and out strikers? Highly unlikely. With Walcott going, I can't see Defoe breaking into the squad.

Toronto have made a generous offer to Jermain. £90,000-per-week, a healthy signing on fee and regular football.

Though the MLS is not the strongest league in the world, it is growing. If he proves form in America and scores every week, he gives a better argument to be on the plane to Rio De Janeiro than him scoring in the Europa League every other week.

If Soldado and Pato are starting for Spurs, and striker Emmauel Adebayor who seems to have resolved his pre-season bust up with manager AVB comes back into the equation, where does Jermaine Defoe sit? We could possibly see the end of 'Defoe Thursdays.'

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