When taking all competitions into account, Jermain Defoe is now out on his own as the club’s leading goalscorer this season despite being the Premier League side’s second choice behind Roberto Soldado.
Soldado himself has four strikes but doubles against Dinamo Tbilisi, Tromso and now Aston Villa sees JD up to six from six games. Will that record have any influence on Andre Villas-Boas when he picks his team to face Chelsea at the weekend?
“It was a great performance, good energy, we kept the ball well and that’s something we’ve done in the last few games,” said Jermain.
“We kept another clean sheet as well, that’s important. When the lads at the back and the goalkeeper are all doing their jobs, it’s up to the forwards to get the goals to win us the games.”
But the focus of those quotes on the club’s official website are last night’s goals which took the striker ahead of George Hunt and into fifth on the club’s all time list.
We have seen something of a pattern with Jermain where he looks devastating in games such as these and in the EPL when coming off the bench. When starting a game however, he doesn’t look quite so potent but is it time for Roberto Soldado to drop down with the subs and give Defoe another chance?