Unfortunately for Jermain Defoe and Tottenham supporters, injury has forced the Spurs striker to sit out their Europa League match against Dnipro on Thursday - therefore denying the Spurs striker a fitting send off as he departs the North London club for a career in the MLS with FC Toronto.
The Spurs striker is considered a legend at Tottenham after two successful spells at the club and rightly so. His goalscoring prowess needs no introduction.
After joining Tottenham from West Ham United in 2004, Defoe scored 43 league goals in 139 appearances before joining Portsmouth in 2008. His second spell at the club saw the ace score 48 league goals in 138 games since 2009.
In 363 games for the club, Defoe has amassed 143 goals in all competitions.
Defoe leaves Tottenham as their fifth-highest scorer of all time and with 23 European goals is now the all-time record scorer in European competitions for Spurs, overtaking Martin Chivers. He is the 20th player to score 100 Premier League goals and is currently the 14th highest goalscorer in the history of the top-flight.
Despite not being a regular starter this term, Defoe has continued to serve Spurs well and has acted very professionally. His impact from the substitutes bench must not be underestimated and despite not holding down a regular starting place, he is still regarded as a hero to the Spurs faithful.
As well as his excellent club record for Spurs, Defoe has also scored 19 goals in 55 appearances for England, including a hat-trick against Bulgaria in a Euro 2012 qualifier at Wembley in 2010.
Defoe possesses a great eye for a goal and an exceptional turn of pace that still makes him a handful for opposing defences even at the age of thirty-one. Despite being prone to injury, Defoe is not leaving to join Toronto at the end of his career. He still has a lot to offer and I am sure will prove a success in the MLS.
Unfortunately a fairytale departure against Dnipro cannot take place but I am sure when he takes the field at half-time to say farewell to the Tottenham faithful he will be given the send off that he truly deserves.
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