December 11 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 30, 2013
Transfer news: Andre Villas-Boas played down the possibility of Jermain Defoe leaving Tottenham after watching the striker help his team ease in to the Europa League group stages.
Villas-Boas handed Defoe his first start of the season against Dinamo Tbilisi and he responded in style by scoring twice in a 3-0 win which puts the London club in to the hat for Friday’s draw.
Defoe has been edged out of the first-team reckoning thanks to the excellent form of £26million record signing Roberto Soldado, who has bagged four goals in three games.
That has led to renewed speculation that Defoe could be on his way out of White Hart Lane before the transfer window shuts on Monday night, but Villas-Boas insists the 30-year-old is going nowhere.
“I think he will be here after the closure of the transfer window,” the Tottenham manager said.
“He has delivered the goals when we wanted. He has come on in the last two Premier League games and he has done extremely well for the team.
“He is a great professional with a great attitude and today he delivered a great performance.
“At the moment, we have played with one striker and Jermain and Soldado are competing for that spot with [Emmanuel Adebayor] out.
“There is competition and I think that is what is created in any big team.”
With Rickie Lambert and Daniel Sturridge both hitting form for their clubs, Defoe now faces stiff competition for a place in the England squad ahead of next year’s World Cup.
Villas-Boas has assured the player that he will get enough minutes under his belt to try to impress England manager Roy Hodgson, who watched Defoe put in a rusty performance off the bench against Swansea on Sunday.
“I think he will get enough game time. It is a World Cup year for everybody,” the Portuguese said.
“What we want from Jermain is performances like this and tonight he delivered.”
Defoe is a big fans’ favourite at Tottenham after spending eight years at the club.
And he now stands sixth in the club’s all-time top scorers list following his brace against the Georgians.
When asked about speculation linking him with other clubs, Defoe replied: “Who said that? I think if you see me tonight - I answered all the questions.
“I went out there and worked hard - the same I always have for this club.
“As a forward you get judged on scoring goals. To get a start was good and 90 minutes under my belt.
“To get two goals was nice - everyone was happy. I was desperate for my hat-trick.
“It’s good to be at the club at the minute there are a lot of young lads coming in.”
Villas-Boas admitted that there are likely to be several outgoings before Monday night’s 11pm deadline.
“Players will probably go out,” Villas-Boas said.
“It can happen but at the moment we are just taking it day by day.
“You know how frantic it can be in the last few days.”
Villas-Boas refused to be drawn on speculation that Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Emmanuel Adebayor, who have not featured for Spurs this season, will leave.
“Benoit has just returned to first-team training. He had a fever,” Villas-Boas said, explaining the left-back’s absence.
“Adebayor is regaining his form after he came back [from Togo].”