Defoe has nine goals so far this season in all competitions compared to Soldado’s six, however AVB clearly sees the Spaniard as his number one forward.
England hitman Defoe broke Tottenham’s European goalscoring record on Thursday night but his place in Roy Hodgson’s side for the World Cup next summer could be in doubt if he continues to be benched by Spurs for their big league games.
AVB is set to make a striker his priority in January too, leaving Defoe as possibly third choice in a side that plays one striker.
“He has scored nine goals, which has been a great start for him, but it doesn’t change our perspective regarding his position in the team,” said the Spurs manager.
“We’ve been rotating and given opportunities to players playing in the Europa League to break into the Premier League team.
“Jermain played against West Ham, then we went back to Soldado playing in the Premier League.
“We’re extremely happy with both and it’s just a question of deciding what is better on a specific date regarding our strategy.”