Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe had an impressive start to Premier League last season, before fading out to the wilderness as the season progressed.
Still, he notched up 11 Premier League goals and his returns are expected to yield him a spot for next season. Tottenham's lack of firepower upfront was exposed in the open when strikers Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor became mere spectators last season.
The north London team relied heavily on Gareth Bale for goals and a complete overhaul in the striking department is predicted ahead of the new season.
Turkish club Besiktas are interested in taking Adebayor to the other side of the continent while a host of Premier League clubs were looking at acquiring the services of pint-sized hitman Defoe.
The 54 times capped England international has been a wonderful squad player for the Tottenham team over the past few seasons - Defoe is the club's 8th highest goalscorer and has enjoyed two different spells at White Hart Lane.
His record is impressive too, having made more than 325 appearances, notching up 133 goals. Even though he is not a regular starter for club or country, his goalscoring record cannot be faulted.
An impact sub is someone who is expected to change the course of the game with some telling contributions. Jermain Defoe has made those crucial impacts time and again for both the club and the country.
With the World Cup just a year away and English strikers finding it difficult to find their feet at respective clubs, Defoe might be fancying his chances of a place on the flight to Brazil with regular football.
He won't be the number one striker at White Hart Lane this season, but he still has a crucial role to play for the north Londoners.
The diminutive striker is a clinical finisher and is lethal on his day. Defoe's ability to tear apart weak opposition needs to be used more effectively. On other occasions Andre Villas-Boas can rely on the Englishman to play the super sub role to maximum effect.
Defoe might not be the suitable target-man to play the shielding or pressing game in AVB's system, but his directness and 'shoot on sight' approach will be valuable against tiring legs towards the end of the game.
Once he gets into his groove, Defoe can finish the game on his own - like he did against Wigan in that 9-1 win.
Defoe believes that playing regularly will bring him more goals and a passage into the World Cup team. In a top team like Tottenham, he might find himself with limited chances but the service that he gets might help him to achieve his goals, despite a lack of game time.
Defoe's ratio of goals per minutes is really good and his experience with Spurs will help him to stake a better claim for his ticket to Brazil. Even if AVB brings in one or two strikers to match his team's overall playing style, Defoe has a unique role at Spurs.
He is expected to carry out those responsibilities whenever the team needs it and it is going to have a huge say in Tottenham's ambitions this season. Defoe may only be a bit-part player, but his importance cannot be underestimated ahead of the 2013/14 season.
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