Defoe Knows the Score
Defoe's the type of striker that feeds on being thread through by the midfield, playing off the shoulder of the last defender, picking up the ball in midfield and attacking the line, shooting from distance which power and position, which is the exact opposite to what we need.
August 17th, 2012
Jermain Defoe isn’t a lucky man. He’s probably the most gifted natural goal scorer I’ve ever seen at Tottenham. A striker born out of the mould of Ian Wright, Ian Rush, Kevin Phillips, all brilliant, all deadly, and sadly all types of striker that wouldn’t fit into modern day football.
I’m not saying that Defoe won’t score goals next season, it’s just that if he plays then the rest of the Tottenham’s team suffer. The fact is all top clubs play with five in midfield and one upfront, or… if you’re being pedantic, a 4-3-3, with two inside forwards behind a main strikers, whatever… the days of playing two up front as out and out strikers has gone, and with it Defoe’s niche. He’s the type of striker that feeds on being thread through by the midfield, playing off the shoulder of the last defender, picking up the ball in midfield and attacking the line, shooting from distance which power and position, which is the exact opposite to what we need. Defoe requires a foil to play off, someone like Crouch, or indeed Adebayor. He also needs a manager that is willing to play the kind of football he is suited to… Redknapp wasn’t that manager last season (despite signing JD twice for Pompey and Spurs) and AVB almost certainly won’t be this season.
So what next for the little hitman? That depends on a few things. Firstly can Daniel Levy get a couple of strikers in to complete our squad? And if he can, will there be time to sell Defoe. Would Villas Boas even want to part with him? It’s likely though that the player himself will make moves to find an exit from White Hart Lane. Understandably he’s made public his desire to leave the club should he not get a starting berth, and I think deep down he probably knows that he won’t be first if we do end up signing Adebayor on a permanent deal. It would be a shame for us to part on those terms, as it’s obvious that Defoe loves pulling on the lilywhite shirt, but a player has to play and JD is no different.
That leaves a question of where he will go. He has to play for a manager that will play two forwards. Aston Villa manager, Paul Lambert, has mooted that he’s interested in buying Defoe in a ‘little and large’ forward line with Kenwyne Jones, and perhaps even Tony Pulis might want to recreate the Crouch/Defoe partnership for a third time. Either clubs would suit him as they still hold on to the traditional styles of play suited to Jermain’s game.
Written by Gary from TheFightingCock.com