Jermain Defoe may be third choice in the striking options at White Hart Lane at present, but Harry Redknapp will not be looking to sell the striker.
Defoe has been unlucky, there is no question about it. He has found himself behind Emmanuel Adebayor and Rafael van der Vaart, who have both been in fantastic form and among the goals.
VDV is struggling with a tight hamstring ahead of the trip to West Brom tomorrow, but such is Defoe’s luck at the moment he is also doubtful with a groin strain.
JD picked up the injury in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Charlton where he bagged 5 goals. Did he need the match practise? Is that why Harry decided to throw him in? It seems a bit baffling that Defoe was risked in such a low-key game when VDV wasn’t exactly moving well when he came off against Villa. Hopefully either will be fit, otherwise we could see the return of Pavlyuchenko!
Redknapp told the pre-match press conference: “I wouldn’t sell him. He is a fantastic player. In midweek he scored five goals against Charlton. They were incredible finishes.
“He is a top player. He has just been unlucky. Adebayor came in and has done great up front and Rafa is in fantastic form.
“I had a chat with Jermain in the week. Rafa is struggling with a hamstring and Jermain has a tight groin this weekend, but he will get his opportunities when he is fit and I am sure he will take them.”
Defoe has not made a Premier League start since October. We all know he loves playing and starting – hopefully he will get his chance.
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