Spurs have only picked up two points from the Portuguese coach’s first three games in charge, and have relinquished home leads against West Brom and Norwich in their last two fixtures.
With a media frenzy starting to brew up once more over the under-fire trainer, the England international has stated that he believes Villas-Boas will come good once he has settled in at White Hart Lane.
“As players, when you join a new club, sometimes it takes a while,” he told reporters, published in Sky Sports.
“It is not different for manager. When a new manager comes in, straight away you are going to be under pressure. It is a big club.
“But it takes time. It is still early days. It is important to give managers a chance.
“We have got a good squad at the club, a strong squad. I am sure we will be fine,” he concluded.
Defoe has recently signed a new contract with the north London club.
By Gareth McKnight