Jermain Defoe must leave Tottenham in January to keep his dream of playing at the 2014 World Cup with England.
Defoe has recently publicly stated how much of a career high it would be to be included in an England squad at a World Cup for the second time. But for that to realistically happen, he must leave the Spurs in January.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas clearly has little faith or ambition in his plans for Defoe. Defoe has only featured in the Europa League against some, with all respect, poor sides. Despite having made the most of those appearances and becoming Spurs’ all time European goal scorer, Villas-Boas has not given Defoe starts in the Premier League.
But it was the 6-0 loss away at Manchester City for Spurs that proved why Defoe should probably leave. Defoe, who has been in form when played, was ignored as an option to take chances and Emmanuel Adebayor was instead preferred despite it being his first game of the season. The previous league match for Spurs saw Newcastle United manage to hold out a barrage of attempts on goal from Spurs. Yet Villas-Boas simply ignored Defoe as an option to find a goal.
He deserves starts with Spurs as they are blatantly struggling to find the net. Roberto Soldado may have cost £26m but he is failing to impress at all. Defoe is an experienced, reliable and hungry striker.
In my opinion, a player like Defoe is one that England could seriously do with taking to the World Cup. Not as a first team option but as a substitute or back up, but as the man to find a late goal.
Without the respect and chances at Spurs, that hope for Defoe is very slim. He needs to show Roy Hodgson from now until May that he is fit, ready and sharp. There are almost certainly many Premier League clubs who could do with Defoe’s talents.
His former club West Ham United may have mixed feelings about his departure from the club when he was younger but they are desperate for goals and a striker with Andy Carroll out injured. Similarly, Arsenal needs an alternative to Olivier Giroud. Defoe needs to depart from Spurs sometime soon, he has proven his worth with London clubs before and yet another club from England’s capital may be the next best destination.