Parker lauds dangerous Defoe


Scott Parker believes striker Jermain Defoe is key to the club's possible success in the Barclays Premier League this term.

The England international striker added another goal to his tally over the weekend, scoring from distance in the 3-1 comeback win over West Bromwich Albion.

It was a rare start for Defoe in his battle for first team football this season, and whilst Harry Redknapp has admitted a fear that fringe players could leave the club in January, Parker is adamant that his international colleague is one of the best in the business and needs to stay.

"He’s probably the best around at doing that. He has such a short back-lift of a shot from the edge of the box and when he’s in that area, nine times out of 10 he’ll score and he proved that again," said Parker.

"It’s always difficult at West Brom and that was proved in the first half, they came at us and put us under pressure.

"We managed to get back into it and then re-grouped at half-time and caused them a lot of problems in the second half."

Parker enjoyed a more advanced role for Spurs in the second period as the visitors pushed for the winner at the Hawthorns, and it's a role the former West Ham United star enjoys.

The 31-year-old's goal were an integral part of his time with the Hammers, and Parker feels he's more than capable of adding an attacking element to the side.

"I just felt like I needed to get up there, to drive us on and see if we could help create something to win the game," he added to the official Spurs website.

"We wanted the three points, we didn't want to leave with anything less and in the end it took a great goal from JD to secure it for us."

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