Defoe just needed his confidence back

by Matthew Harris on October 3, 2012

According to Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas, Jermain Defoe’s excellent start to the season is down to the faith shown in him by the coaching staff and AVB himself. Defoe has been trusted with the lone striker’s role at White Hart Lane this season and has repaid that trust with four goals in the league – while he has also struck twice for England.

I think he has received his confidence from me and he is showing his quality,” Villas-Boas said in the Mirror. “In the summer, we told him we really wanted him here – that is why we spoke with his agent and the chairman about his contract renewal.

“He scored so many goals last season from an interrupted sequence of games. He has performed so well for this club and you have to respect the fact he keeps on motivating himself to show that.

“Now he is getting confidence from being given games from the start. He has been excellent,” continued the former Chelsea manager. “His desire and his motivation are there and his movements are fantastic. I think he will continue. He has been creating so much and has been immense for the team.”

It may be a bold claim that one man has instilled such confidence but JD has often complained about a lack of opportunities. Faith has led to a strong start but he needs to keep that going.

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