Let’s hope Harry’s threat sees Defoe wake up to himself

SOCCER-ENGLANDFootball FanCast columnist Roy James hopes that Harry Redknapp’s warning will bring the desired response from Jermain Defoe.

They say one man doesn’t make a football team and why that is certainly true they can certainly make a significant difference to it and its cutting edge.

I’m totally convinced (blind faith perhaps) that had Jermain Defoe not got himself sent off for utter petulance a few weeks back that Tottenham would be at least 3 or 4 points better off and not having had to make do with continued swipes and put downs at the football club from the media and that certain kind of supporter that festers at the club up the Seven Sisters Rd. The past fortnight has proven that we as a side are a blunt object upfront without Defoe’s presence and until such time that Harry can bring in another goal poacher of similar vein in January then Jermain has to keep his nose clean, or more importantly learn to cut that out from his game.

Defoe has always had that streak to his game (who remembers him biting Mascherano against West Ham, a few years back) and Redknapp is right to give him the proverbial kick up the backside and instil it into his mindset that his World Cup place will be in jeopardy if there is any repeat of the carry-on that we witnessed on the South Coast the other week. Defoe needs to realise he is better than that and doesn’t fall into that trap of being a marked man, as not only can this country afford to be without him, but as we have witnessed in the past fortnight, we certainly cannot. The threat of  missing another major tournament must be the motivation and will hopefully prove the wake-up call that Defoe needs.

I hope Harry’s words continue to ring in his ears, especially if we want to maintain our excellent start and it is time for Defoe to grow up. As Redknapp pointed out if he is gets affected by a bit of intimidation that was shown by Pompey the other week, then you can only imagine what others defenders will be thinking and attempting to do now when they come up against him. It is time to keep calm Jermain, as your no good to us off the pitch.