Jermain Defoe has gone through a couple of frustrating years at White Hart Lane due, largely to Harry preferring other strikers ahead of him. Throughout that period there has been talk of moves elsewhere but none of those have materialised to date.
In some ways, JD has been the architect of his misfortune – thrilling when coming off the bench and scoring as an impact sub – but frustrating when he starts a game. However, with 2012-13 rapidly approaching (see the latest Champions League qualification odds at www.freebets.org.uk) and Defoe currently our only recognised senior striker at the club, there are reports that AVB is going to trust him with the role of first choice centre forward.
Those stories emerge as the Adebayor deal continues to stall but head coach Andre Villas-Boas has hinted at a possible clean slate for Jermain.
‘Obviously there was an interest in Ade but we have a need first for Jermain to get back from his personal tragedy for the team to have further options in the striker position,’ said AVB.
‘We are still building a team. The team can improve and we are looking to improve it.
‘This is obviously not the final product and as we go through August we have to get the right perspective as to where we can improve and where we will arrive.’
With just over two weeks to the new season, can Jermain Defoe resume his main striker role effectively for the new campaign?