Football FanCast guest columnist Dean Thomas
wonders what role Les Ferdinand has played in Defoe's resurgence this
When Harry Redknapp announced that Tim Sherwood and Les
Ferdinand was going to join his coaching team it was met with a lot of cynicism
and most supporters believing it was just ‘job for the boys' and basically
giving his mates a chance in establishing themselves at the coaching levels of
the game. Nobody really took them seriously; however I can't help feel that
Ferdinand in particular is far from proving a puppet figure.
A lot has been written about Jermain Defoe's
transformation this season and how his game has moved up to a desired level.
The player has already come out and claimed that he did a
lot of work in pre-season strengthening up, practicing his finishing and Defoe
to be honest is a far different player to the one during his first stint at the
club and looks a lot sharper and stronger. Every time Jermain goes through on
goal you believe he is going to score, or the very least test the keeper, and I
wonder what contribution our attacking coach Sir Les has played in his
Although Les' record at Tottenham was hardly impressive,
he still remains one of the best strikers in the history of the Premier League.
Ferdinand has been it, seen it and done it and more importantly he knows what
is required at the top level, therefore his experience is absolutely
invaluable, especially to the likes of Jermain, Crouch and Pavlyuchenko.
I know too many it may just seem coincidental that Les
and Jermain arrived at the same time back in January; however you cannot argue
that Defoe's game hasn't gone up to a different level during his second spell
at the club. Les is the one who is training him on a daily basis and therefore
it would be naïve to suggest that he hasn't been learning from him or that he
hasn't played some part in his improved performance this season…isn't it?