As previously stated, Defoe does tend to score with thumping shots from 15-20 yards. That makes him a dangerous player because he can unleash a shot without a moment’s notice, however that can also see him hit the ball straight at the keeper or into the stands.
With Soldado there is a feeling that he already knows how he is going to score before the ball arrives – he knows the angles, he knows his technique, he is on his toes, and he never gets too excited before he scores. JD needs a chance to get his eye in, and in tight games that can be one chance too many.
The recent defeat to West Ham is a case in point. After a very much lacklustre first half, Spurs came out with a heightened tempo and created a chance almost immediately. Defoe was played in to the penalty box, left of centre, but dallied a little too long to get his shot off and when he did it was straight at the onrushing Jussi Jaaskelainen. Would Tottenham’s number nine have fluffed that game changing chance? You get the feeling he would not.