Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe is still considered as one of the best English strikers available in Premier League.
The diminutive striker is deadly on his day, but has been inconsistent to say the least, and his lack of goals has been the primary reason for Tottenham's misfortunes in the past.
After the arrival of Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane last season, many had casted their doubts on the future of Defoe.
Surpassing the expectations and the challenge from Emmanuel Adebayor, Defoe was in blistering form at the first half before fading out and entering his inconsistent mode of operandi.
Defoe is a deadly poacher and is someone who can destroy the opposition with his clinical strikes, but his inconsistency and one dimensional approach has prevented the progress to further heights.
Like Adebayor, Defoe also failed to deliver when it mattered last season. Spurs were short of striking options at the first place, and the duo's pathetic performances didn't do them any favour at all.
As mentioned by many football pundits, Defoe isn't an ideal striker for Spurs' style of play. He is neither a target-man nor an all-round striker who can establish his footprints as part of AVB's style of play at White Hart Lane.
At 30 years of age, the Englishman is not a bright prospect featuring in the long term ambitions of club as well.
Realising their weakness upfront, Tottenham had spent heavily in bringing Roberto Soldado from Valencia this summer. Soldado can be seen as an upgrade over Defoe in almost all the aspects.
Even though Spurs are keen to offload high-earning Adebayor ahead of Defoe, having two strikers in the similar mould doesn't makes much sense. So in an ideal situation, it should be Defoe who should be making way at first.
There isn't much progress in Spurs attempts to bolster their strike force so far. So selling both of them, might lead to lack of firepower again!
As a veteran striker, Defoe still has the abilities in him to make his mark in Premier League. But on Tottenham's part, it would be better to cash in on the Englishman.
QPR are interested in securing the services of Defoe, but the Championship will be a step down for the striker's ambitions ahead of next summer's World Cup.
Even though Harry Redknapp has worked with the pint-sized hitman at West Ham United, Portsmouth and Tottenham, it might not be enough to convince Defoe to join the Loftus Road-based side.
If Spurs make him available for sale, then it is almost sure that more Premier League sides will be interested in securing his services. Defoe, still has it in him to be a regular in a mid-table club and it will be in the best interest of the player as well as club.
Defoe is not required at White Hart Lane after the arrival of Soldado and he is set to enter the wilderness of his career in a season or two.
So if Spurs means business, it will be best to sell the veteran English striker to make way for an exciting young striker which will aid the club in the long term. It's time to cash in on the striker.
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