With Rafa Staying, Is Defoe The Odd Man Out?

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Jermain Defoe of Spurs runs with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane on April 23, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Spurs fans got a welcome sigh of relief when Dutchman Rafael van der Vaart announced his allegiance to White Hart Lane despite not securing Champions League football for the 2011-12 season. Many were afraid that the team would cash in on their transfer window bargain, but keeping an essential building block of the team's success is huge step moving forward for the team's development.

Sadly,  another key piece to the Spurs' European puzzle is now in doubt: Jermain Defoe is alluding to a move away from the club this summer due to his lack of first-team football. Although Defoe has had a miserable campaign (four goals in 21 EPL games), he has proven that he has a deft scoring touch (remember his five goal day against Wigan in November 2009?) and has been a reliable performer for the club. But will Defoe be able to co-exist with VDV?

There seems to be room for only one of the two players, and Rafa's endorsement makes it seem like Defoe might be sold this summer. If Spurs are going to build around VDV then keeping a striker that doesn't hold up the ball and needs to play off another striker doesn't make much sense. 

What should be done with Defoe?

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