Andre Villas-Boas says striker Jermain Defoe has rediscovered his scoring touch just at the right time.
The 30-year-old went through a 12-game barren run after Christmas, having been on fire with 13 goals prior to festive season, but he looked back to his best on Sunday as he came off the bench to help inspire Tottenham to come from behind and beat Manchester City.
Emmanuel Adebayor’s form has been erratic at best and with the race for Champions League places so tight it is vital that Spurs have Defoe firing on all cylinders, but his return to form and Adebayor’s current good run gives Villas-Boas a welcome selection headache ahead of Saturday’s trip to Wigan.
“Yes, it’s a big decision (to choose between Defoe and Adebayor), but we are extremely happy,” he said.
“It’s very important for us to have Jermain back, particularly because he found the back of the net.
“Goalkeepers have been making impossible saves against him and he finally got the ball in the net the other day with a tremendous goal that helped us get the three points.
“It’s good because he had a blip in terms of goals, not performances – he was always sharp – but he had a couple of injuries. Now he is back he gives us that quality and confidence by scoring.”
Prior to last Sunday, Spurs’ form looked to be deserting them in the home straight, just as it had done for the previous two years. The win over last year’s champions has given the squad a boost in morale, however.
“It was inspirational,” the 35-year-old said. “Hopefully with the motivation we had from that game we can get the result we want this weekend and for the rest of the season.”
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