One thing that’s become obvious in the early days of the 2011-12 season is that whoever leaves from our remaining front three, it won’t be Jermain Defoe.
Before the season began in anger, Harry Redknapp said that he was expecting a big season from the player before declaring this week that he was ‘looking sharp’.
We are all fully aware of the roller coaster of form that JD has endured over the last couple of seasons – top scorer two years ago, before a poor season last time out that just seemed to underline the overall lack of potency in the club.
If Crouch and Pav stay this season, the arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor seems to suggest that Defoe won’t be getting the game time that he pleaded for on occasions last season, particularly if Harry persists with the lone striker option in front of VDV.
At 28, age shouldn’t be a factor and there must be the capability to return to the goal scoring form of two seasons ago.
So we must assume that JD is staying and with that in mind, what can we expect from him? Where is he best used – as a partner for Adebayor or as an ‘impact’ player coming off the bench? Is there any hope for JD as a lone striker ahead of Van der Vaart?
Will Jermain Defoe be a hit or miss in 2011-12?