Why did Defoe play against Charlton and get injured?

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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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4 COMMENTS

  1. Wish we'd get rid of the over-rated, gormless little boy of a footballer. The exact type of player that reflects our lack of movement up to the next level. Some day

    • Sorry but are you actually a Spur?
      Defoe has been quality for us – last season aside when he got back from a bad injury playing for England
      Started this season in great form but Ade & Rafa have simply been better.
      Can't really see any reasonig behind your comment, nor a suggestion of an alternative

  2. Each to their own but I support Spurs not Defoe.
    For me he's an immature and selfish player who; refuses to bring in others in better positions on goal (see Ade, Rafa) rather than shoot at will ; for someone who is caught offside so often, you'd think he'd have sussed that old chestnut out a bit more by now; 9 times out of ten if he doesn't/can't keep up with the passing in a build up so he gets tackled and another promising attack breaks down – probably because he has one thing in mind and that's to shoot at any cost; defensively he's usually ineffective.
    He does have a great kicking technique and has scored many against the lesser teams but not what we need now we're mixing it with the big boys and probably why he's never been looked at seriously by the Man Us and Chelseas.

  3. defoe is excatly what joeo said, he reflects our crap attitude as before the present season. he has had a bad time as regards his brother so I spose that could reflect.

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