Jermain Defoe seems to have been highly underrated during his time at Tottenham Hotspur and both they and the Premier League have lost a gem of a player to the MLS after his transfer to Toronto FC.
Playing under the and guidance of former manager Harry Redknapp, who originally discovered him and took him to West Ham as a youth player, he always played his best football and excelled in his trade. At one point he was one of the most exciting strikers in the Premier League and was a consistent goal scorer.
When deployed in the right position and utilised towards his strengths of speed and skill, Defoe was a deadly frontman and there are few pacey strikers like him around at the moment who can rival his eye for goal. Despite his undoubted ability and goal scoring record for his former employers, he fell out of favour at the north London team and was sold to Toronto towards the end of last season. Why would you get rid of a striker who had bagged an impressive 47 goals in 135 games during his second spell for your club, only to be left with mis-firing replacements?
Roberto Soldado has disappointed since his arrival at White Hart Lane and Emanuel Adebayor only scores when he can be bothered to turn up and put in some hard graft, which leaves Spurs with no real goal scoring options at the moment. For a team that has such high ambitions, this simply does not leave them in a position to push for a top four finsh in the league. Without goals, you are not going to go very far.
Jermain Defoe was always shunned down the pecking order every time Spurs bought in a new striker, despite being the only consistent performer each and every time he was given a chance to play. The team always looked better when he was in it and that begs the question as to why he wasn’t picked in front of other options like Roman Pavlyuchenko.
Many managers have come and gone through the revolving doors at White Hart Lane with no consistent manager lasting long enough to make any sort of impact after the departure of Redknapp, and it seems that no one had the courage to give the fading star a second chance to shine before palming him off to the MLS where, coincidently, he has scored an impressive 11 goals in his first 16 appearances for his new club.
Many English clubs would suit the player should he choose to make a return to English football during the next transfer window, not least the club who let him go who are in desperate need of having a prolific goal scorer in their ranks, but it seems unlikely that he would have a third spell with Spurs. Maybe a different team would suit him better and there must be a lot of options for him seeing as he could probably walk straight in to the starting line up of most of the Premiership clubs at the moment (barring Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United).
Should he for any reason be interested in a move back to England, it would surely put the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham on high alert. The player still has a lot to offer at the top level and it is a shame to have seen him leave the Premier League before the final stages of his career, because he would have continued to grace the with his skill, pace and goals for a few more years to come had he been given the chance to do so.
It would be great to see him get one final chance over here to show that Spurs made a huge mistake in letting him go.
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