AVB on Defoe’s chances of starting vs West Ham

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas praised Jermain Defoe after he moved within a goal of Martin Chivers’ club record European haul in the win at Anzhi Makhachkala.

Defoe’s goal was his seventh in four starts this season and it remains to be seen if he will get a start against his former side West Ham United on Sunday.

Nacer Chadli bagged our second goal in the match in Russia and now the focus changes to the London derby at the Lane and who will make it into AVB’s side.

“We have to judge recovery and the fact that JD was involved today and Soldado wasn’t,” Villas-Boas said. “Everything will come into consideration.

“We have been extremely happy with the performances of both. It is a question of deciding what is best for the team.

“It was another great goal, a great finish. It’s really good to see him out there again doing extremely well whenever he’s given the opportunity.

“He is a great professional, has a great attitude and now he’s only one off Martin Chivers so it’s a real great achievement for him.

“I think he has the ambition this season to go even further up the ladder in this record tally behind Martin Chivers and as a all-time goalscorer so I think that plays highly in his motivation, definitely.”

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