Tottenham star not content with back-up role

Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)Jermain Defoe has revealed that he does not want to be an ‘impact sub’ at Tottenham.

The England international’s future in north London has been the subject of much doubt of late, with Andre Villas-Boas having spent big to lure Roberto Soldado to the club from Valencia.

The Spaniard has since started all four of the Lilywhites’ Premier League encounters, netting twice.

With a mediocre return of 11 goals last term, Defoe has been unable to impress AVB, which led to rumours of a move to QPR prior to deadline day.

The 30-year-old has spent much of the current campaign on the bench, earning him the tag of being an impact player.

Defoe is keen to escape this label and wants to play regularly.

“I don’t want to be sitting on the bench and being an impact player,” he told BBC Sport.

“Because at the end of the day you want to start games and by the time you come on you can’t make the impact that you’d like to make.

“You want to play every game, you want to start games. You might come off the bench and score one goal, but you might start the game, play 90 minutes and score two. I’d rather do that.”

Defoe is currently enjoying his second spell as a Spurs player having left the club in 2008 to join Portsmouth before returning in 2009.

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