Defoe claims Tottenham can survive Bale absence

Tottenham winger Gareth BaleTottenham striker Jermain Defoe believes that the club will be able to cope in the absence of Gareth Bale.

The Welsh winger limped off with a hamstring injury during Spurs’ 3-0 Premier League victory against Fulham and is expected to miss the Londoners’ next two games.

Despite Bale being one of the club’s star names, Defoe believes that the squad has enough depth to cope during his recovery:

“Obviously losing Gaz (Bale) is a massive blow for the team,” he told Absolute Radio.

“Because of the way he plays you can’t really replace a player like that, but at the same time I think someone else can come in.

“We’re lucky because we’ve got some great players that can come in, play out of position, adapt and do a job for the team.

“When Gaz went off the pitch Clint Dempsey went over to the left-hand side and did well.

“I think we will be okay.”

Defoe has been in fine form so far this season, netting 12 goals under new manager Andre Villas-Boas.

He believes the faith the Portuguese coach has shown in him has been key:

“When you’re scoring goals, you’re buzzing. You just can’t wait for the next game because you’ve got that belief,” Defoe said.

“You always feel like you’re going to score every game you go in to, because you’re scoring goals.

“You know you’re going to play, you know you’re going to stay on the pitch, so I just stayed focused and took the chances when they came.”