Good post, happily fronted -Kevin
Good evening fellow Spurs supporters.
Let me take you back to the 22 November 2009 and what few people will remember of the 9 - 1 thrashing of Wigan Athletic. During this game Defoe netted the ball 5 times in the space of 36 minutes. It is also the season that we finished 4th, qualifying for the champions league. None of this would have been possible without Defoe's 18 premier league goals, followed not so closely by Crouch with 8. Defoe finished the season as 6th highest scorer in the league joint with Liverpool's messiah, Fernando Torres.
However on 7 September 2010, Defoe suffered an ankle injury which ruled him out of for nearly 3 months, and probably the most important 3 months for a striker to solidify their place as the preferred forward. After his return, with limited playing opportunities due to Redknapp's fascination with Peter Crouch, left him to deliver 9 goals in 15 appearances, which is not too shabby for a striker (an average of 0.6 goals a game). Again a fairly successful season in my mind for the amount of confidence showed in him by the manager which leads me onto this current season.
Defoe has had extremely limited chances this season with the arrival of Manny and yet he has still been able to tot up 16 goals this season, just 1 less than Adebayor, and with probably a lot less game time to score them in. Everybody knows of Jermain's ability to find the back of the net which is also shown in his 15 goals in 46 caps for England, an average 0.33 goals a game, which England's golden boy 'Rooney' only betters by an extra 0.06 goals a game. All of this poses the questions: 'Why have we not played him more often?' and 'Why are many Yids willing to be rid of him?'.
I understand Jermain being frustrated at the little game time he has had as he has proved season after season with Tottenham and other clubs that he is one of the most clinical English strikers around. And many people forget that now Adebayor's loan deal is up, if another cannot be struck, then we are left with just Defoe and Saha. What if Chelsea win the Champions League Final? No Damiao. No Remy. You can forget about any other strikers joining us that would be looking to IMPROVE the squad and until such times as our new stadium is built and we can think about getting near the top 2, we should count ourselves lucky that we still have Defoe who will indeed continue to serve us well. Thanks for reading guys, I would appreciate the feedback due to this being my first post =)