While the future of most of Spurs’ front line may be a little uncertain, it seems clear that Harry will be putting his faith in Jermain Defoe for the 2011-12 campaign. Redknapp has asked for a ‘big season’ from the man who was the club’s leading scorer in 2009-10 before a disappointing campaign seemed to epitomise the lack of firepower in the Spurs ranks last season.
“Jermain did not have the best time of things last season and had problems with injuries,” Redknapp said to The Sunday People. “He only scored four league goals and he is a 16-17 goal a season player, no question. But he has looked fit and he has looked really sharp in pre-season and a lot of that is down to his own efforts.”
“I am looking for him to have a big season for Tottenham. He is really flying at the moment.”
The player himself has responded by looking at the injury he picked up on England duty as one of the reasons for a ‘stop/start’ campaign.
“It was the first season where I’ve had injuries and it’s been so up and down,” Defoe told the club’s official website.
“It was really stop-start and I couldn’t get going, couldn’t get into the rhythm that I normally get into. That’s why I’m looking forward to this season and to get off to a good start.”
While there are rumours today over Robbie Keane and Peter Crouch, it seems that the only certainty is that Defoe will be trusted to return to the form he displayed two seasons ago, in the hope of propelling the club back into the top four.