Jermain Defoe could tonight become Tottenham's all-time top-scorer in European competition.
The diminutive striker is just one goal away from equalling Martin Chivers' record of 22 goals, and should he continue his Europa League hot-streak will be in with a chance of breaking that record tonight.
Defoe - currently on 54 England caps, and looking to travel to Brazil this summer - has already bagged three goals in this seasons Europa League campaign.
Chivers won the Uefa Cup with the club in 1972, and far from being bitter about potentially losing his record, he praised Defoe and said he was pleased for the forward:
“I’m pleased for him to be quite honest,” said Chivers on Spurs' official website. “If I’m going to let any record go that I’ve got here, I don’t mind letting it go to Jermain Defoe, who is a great goalscorer.
“I’ve always sung his praises. I wouldn’t like to leave my record to somebody who I feel has been lucky – I don’t think he’s been that lucky at all. I think he’s earned everything he’s done, and he’s scored a load of goals in Europe, so good luck to him."
Defoe has been used sparingly in the Premier League this season, and has been largely utilised in Europe instead.
He started the shock 3-0 defeat to West Ham at White Hart Lane, but has often seen himself benched for Roberto Soldado.
And Defoe is focussed on getting game-time, rather than breaking records.
“I'm quite looking forward to it as I haven’t played for a while," Defoe said.
"I feel quite fresh to be fair, hopefully I’ll get the chance to do it – it’ll be good but you don’t want to be totally focussed on that because you don’t want to just think ‘I need to break the record’ and be too tense."
“I bumped into him (Martin) after the West Ham game and I said to him I was trying to avoid him!” joked Defoe.
“Maybe I’ll score – we’ll see what happens really. Obviously it would be nice if it happens, and if it doesn't I’ll hopefully do it in the next game."
Defoe and Tottenham will be looking to grab a crucial away win tonight against Sheriff before returning to the Lane on Sunday when they play Hull City.
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