Jermain Defoe has found it hard to establish himself in Tottenham's starting line-up this season, which has unfortunately prompted him to make a move to Major League Soccer (MLS) side Toronto FC.
He is a record-breaker at Tottenham, being the club's all-time leading goalscorer in European competition with 23, overtaking the great Martin Chivers.
He is now also in the top five leading goalscorers for Spurs in history; with a solid 143 goals in 363 outings for the Lilywhites, and hopefully with a chance of adding a few more to send us through against FC Dnipro in the Europa League before his departure.
Arguably the best striker in terms of ability and clinical finishing Tottenham have had for 10 years now, yes you could probably dispute this idea saying: but what about Dimitar Berbatov who almost scored a goal every other game?
On his day he is completely unplayable, and definitely has his moments of magic, but I would take an on-form Defoe over Berbatov every day of the week, simply due to Defoe taking a more active role in the game around him and doesn’t just wait for the balls to be handed to him on a plate.
Defoe is only 31 and I would certainly say that he’s still top Premier League quality This season, where he has generally started only in the Europa League and the Capital One Cup, he has 10 goals in 22 games. Not a bad return.
One would hope that Defoe will be on the plane to Brazil come the summer, as he is a proven clinical finisher (probably the second best England have behind Rooney), with his record for the Three Lions being 19 goals in 55 appearances, 32 of which have come as a substitute.
However, in reality, you could see why moving may potentially affect his chances of going to the World Cup in Brazil, as he wont be playing very competitive football in the States, but he does have all of the credentials needed to get into the 23-man squad, as long as he stays fit over in the MLS and gives it his all, like he always has, he should be heading to Brazil.
That 9-1 win over Wigan Athletic in the 2009/10 season will stay with me for undoubtedly the rest of my life and guess who came up with five goal in that match…
Good luck Jermain, you will be missed!
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