At the beginning of this season, Jermain Defoe looked to be revitalized under Andre Villas-Boas. Sharp and clinical, he’s been a hit with the Tottenham fans since he joined in 2004. The only problem is, he has a tendency to go through rough patches.
He was banging them in at the beginning of the season, and looked well on course to be the club’s top goalscorer. However, little niggles and dents in his confidence have dried up his goals. For Tottenham, he hasn’t scored since Boxing Day.
Nothing like a couple of goals to get you back in form though. England destroyed San Marino 8-0, in a ruthless display of dominance and superiority. Defoe bagged two easy goals, linking up with Spurs colleague Kyle Walker for one of them.
Tottenham need his goals now. They need him fit and firing, sharply turning defenders and scoring goals in trademark fashion. With Emmanuel Adebayor also struggling to find the net, Tottenham have relied on the goals of Gareth Bale in recent games to win them the points.
There’s no doubt that, when on form, he is England’s most natural goalscorer. So maybe this international break, combined with a few goals for his country, can inspire him to find his best form for Tottenham.
Already a Tottenham legend, he left for Portsmouth in 2008, but returned the next season and has become the eighth highest scorer in the club’s history.
There are so many sticky games in which opposing teams frustrate Tottenham where Jermain Defoe could be the difference, he just needs his shooting boots.