For much of this season Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has argued that his options up front come down to a straight choice between Rafael van der Vaart and Jermain Defoe. Almost without exception, the manager comes down on the side of the Dutchman but is it time to give JD a run in the side, even if it’s at the expense of Adebayor up front?
Defoe secured last night’s hard fought 1-0 win over West Brom and remains the club’s leading scorer. While it’s true that some of his strikes have come in the Europa League, he has also made a scoring contribution in the Premiership, including a couple of goals when coming off the bench.
Any switch would be tough on Adebayor but some have argued that the player looks to be in need of some squad rotation. So far, Harry Redknapp has praised the on-loan striker’s attitude but that would also be severely tested if he were to be rested / dropped.
The other option is to play Defoe and Ade up front while trying to slot VDV in somewhere else and with injuries mounting up in the Spurs midfield, that could be a good option for the short term.
Ultimately, it’s a good selection headache for the manager but which way should Harry go?