When you sign a lot of talented players, sometimes you forget what you already have at the club. Luckily for Tottenham, they're not undervaluing Jermain Defoe.
The 30-year-old got a brace in Spurs' 3-0 win over Dinamo Tbilisi in the Europa League playoff. It was a strong performance and one that seemed to please Andre Villas-Boas, who stated that he isn't looking to sell the striker, per ESPN FC.
Jermain will still be here after next Monday. He has delivered the goals when he wanted. He has come on as a substitute in the last two Premier League games and done extremely well for the team. He has shown great attitude and great professionalism.
We've been playing with one striker and Jermain and Soldado are competing for that spot. There is competition but that's what happens in any big team. It's a World Cup year and everybody -- not just players involved with England -- will get games. What we want from Jermain is performances like tonight.
According to The Telegraph, Defoe is a transfer target for Queens Park Rangers, as Harry Redknapp looks to have a reunion with the forward. Alan Nixon and Dean Jones of the Sunday People reported West Brom have also shown some interest in Defoe.
Losing the veteran striker wouldn't be a crippling blow for Tottenham. They've made more than enough moves to fight for a top-four spot without their second-choice forward.
Villas-Boas brings up what is the best reason for keeping Defoe: his ability to come off the bench and provide a spark.
One of the problems with Tottenham's attack over the past few seasons is that they've had to rely on forwards like Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor. Both players will go through those stretches where they're unplayable and score in bunches. With those great runs come the barren patches where they go 10 or 15 matches without scoring.
Having bought Roberto Soldado, Tottenham don't need Defoe to be that guy anymore. They don't need him to start every week and score 20 goals. With their single-striker formation, Soldado can be the first-team choice, and Defoe can be the impact sub.
There's a lot to be said for having a proven Premier League striker on your bench. You know what Defoe can do, and you'd trust to bring him on, rather than some young prospect about whom you have question marks.
Defoe's performance against Dinamo Tbilisi is evidence of just what he can bring to Spurs with Soldado in the fold. Tottenham have a heavy fixture list with their participation in the Europa League. You can't expect Soldado to start all of those matches. When the Spanish forward needs a break, Villas-Boas can opt for Defoe, who got plenty of experience and offers not too steep a drop from Soldado.
Also, when Spurs are looking to change the pace of the match and snatch a goal, Defoe is a great option to come in and make a difference.
Defoe's England chances shouldn't be hurt too much because he's likely to get 15-20 starts this season and play for a team that's chasing a Premier League title. With a player like him, you know exactly what you're getting by bringing him into the national team. You just want him to keep match fitness, and that shouldn't be a problem for him at Tottenham.
When you think of Jermain Defoe, this is the kind of role you have in mind for him. It's not too much that it's going to hinder the club, and it's not too little where he's going to get upset due to a lack of playing time.
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