Redknapp backs ‘unstoppable’ Defoe to lead goal charts

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Harry Redknapp has backed Jermain Defoe to become the league’s top scorer after the striker bagged five goals in the 9-1 demolition of Wigan.

Defoe already has 11 goals to his name in the league this season to take him to the top of the goal charts and his manager has backed him to be there come the end of the campaign.

“I don’t see why Defoe can’t be the top scorer in the Premier League this season. It’s about time he scored 20 goals in a season. I don’t know whether he’s done it before, maybe with West Ham, but he should be able to do that.

“He’s been so sharp in training. You could see this coming.”

Defoe missed three matches after being dismissed against Portsmouth in October, with Spurs suffering defeat in two of those matches.

“The England manager will have watched him and he can’t react that way.

“But he’s come back strong. When he concentrates and plays his football, he can be unstoppable.”

Redknapp was also disappointed that Paul Scharner’s consolation wasn’t ruled out, after the Austrian appeared to control the ball with his arm before netting for Wigan.

“It was handball. It was as blatant as Thierry Henry’s handball. I haven’t even seen a replay. If he could have controlled it with his body, he would have done and I’m suprised the referee didn’t spot it. I can’t believe he missed it.”

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