Jermain Defoe’s brace in Tottenham’s 4-0 win against Aston Villa saw him elevate to fifth place in the club’s list of all-time goalscorers and the England striker should certainly have done enough to warrant a start in this weekend’s London derby against Chelsea.
Defoe has often found himself overlooked by England despite a fairly impressive international record of 29 goals in 54 matches, but sadly he is not guaranteed a start at his club either.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has often favoured a system with just one striker and last year Emmanuel Adebayor appeared unmovable from the pitch. As the club compete on four fronts, AVB will be looking to rotate his strong squad, but in the league, Defoe is a reliable goal machine and should not be confined to the bench.
Roberto Soldado’s arrival in a multi-million pound deal over the summer will have kept Defoe on his toes as the former Valencia man has bagged a number of important goals already this season. Adebayor, on the other hand, has been training with the reserves since his return from compassionate leave.
Crucially for Defoe, the World Cup in Brazil is less than a year away and he will be vying for a place on the plane against Rickie Lambert and Daniel Sturridge, both of whom are playing week in week out at their respective clubs.
The little striker enjoys a fantastic relationship with the White Hart Lane faithful and has always been a firm fan favourite during his two spells at the club, but should another Premier League club make a bid for his services in January, his international future will surely be present in his mind.
Spurs will continue to find themselves playing on a Thursday and then a Sunday as long as they remain in the Europa League, but Defoe must not be dismissed as a squad player or as a ‘super sub’ or the club risk losing a vital source of goals.
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