It is never good to have a player injured, but the time isn’t the best for Tottenham Spurs. Currently sitting in fourth place with 45 points, Tottenham is looking to move up in the standings. At the least the Spurs will want to remain fourth, so they make the Champions League next season. They also only train third place Chelsea by one point.
With Jermain Defoe out with an ankle injury, Tottenham has a void on the offense. There are a few possibilities to fill in for Defoe, but they don’t have much depth. One possibility is for Clint Dempsey to be used in the attack. Dempsey has been on a scoring streak lately and one of the reasons for Tottenham’s success this season.
It does help for Tottenham that two of their next three opponents are in the middle or bottom of the table. Newcastle United FC, who has had a mediocre season beat Chelsea last week, takes on the Spurs this weekend. After that, Tottenham takes on middle of the pack West Ham United. Currently they sit in 11th place.
For Tottenham’s sake and success for the season, Defoe will definitely need to be back healthy for their match against Arsenal on March 3rd. He is the team’s leading scorer this season with 14 goals in 32 appearances.
Overall, this injury doesn’t come at the worse time, but it could have come at a better time. Ultimately, injuries are a part of the game, and the Spurs will need to step up their game in Defoe’s absence if they want to stay in contention for the Champions League.