Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermaine Defoe is having an excellent season so far for the North London club—so much so that it could nearly be the best year he's ever had in his entire career as a professional footballer.
That seems like such an outrageous statement to make given the rich history and incredible performances that Defoe has had throughout his 13 seasons in the English Premier League, but looking at what he's achieved this year already with Spurs, you'd have to suggest that the England international is primed for one of the biggest years of his career.
The 30-year-old currently leads all Spurs players in goals this year—both in the Premier League and the Europa League—and has been Andre Villas-Boas' best attacking weapon through the season to date, which is no small task given the rich talent that the former Chelsea boss has at his disposal this year.
But is it the best year of his career?
Defoe has always been one of the best poaching strikers in recent English and international history, with a great eye for opportunities and easy goals—meaning that he has always managed to find the back of the net more often than not.
Yet this year, with a stronger midfield behind him than he has perhaps ever had before, the Englishman has been in truly formidable touch to date and is already close to beating his numbers from last year, despite having more than half the season remaining.
Looking at just the Premier League, Defoe currently has nine goals and two assists from his 14 league appearances—just two less goals and one more assist than he had last season for Tottenham in the English competition.
He still has 20-plus weeks to go.
Or what about his best season statistically, when he finished with 18 goals and four assists in the 2009/10 English Premier League competition?
You'd have to say that his numbers now lend himself to recording a better season this year—providing that he can continue his strong performances.
Granted, the circumstances have changed from year-to-year with injury, selection appearances and other teammates changing all the time, but on what the numbers tell us from his time at White Hart Lane, you'd have to conclude that Defoe is on track to have a monster year with Spurs.
If he can lead them back into the UEFA Champions League with a top-four spot and change fans' opinions about Andre Villas-Boas' ability to effectively manage a top club, it could also turn out to be the most important season of his career.
Either way, it's been a fantastic opening third of the year for Jermaine Defoe. All we can now do is hope that it continues for the rest of the season.
Is Jermaine Defoe having the best year of his career?
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