FAN'S EYE VIEW: Mike McKinley on the return of Defoe to White Hart Lane
PUBLISHED: 09:26 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:46 07 September 2010
January has managed to come alive with the imminent return of Jermain Defoe to, hopefully, provide some of the firepower we have so often lacked since shipping out his two old rivals for the strikers spots over the summer. It s an interesting U-turn fro
January has managed to come alive with the imminent return of Jermain Defoe to, hopefully, provide some of the firepower we have so often lacked since shipping out his two old rivals for the strikers' spots over the summer.
It's an interesting U-turn from chairman Daniel Levy, who can't be too thrilled at having to shell out extra cash to bring back a player who wasn't first choice a year ago.
And you imagine it will be a close run thing between him and Darren Bent as to who is less happy.
Not a lot of doubt though, that the fans will be rather chuffed to see the little guy again. Not least because the crowd has managed to sing his name on more occasions than those players we've been fielding.
Friday night against Wigan saw the latest instance, but it wasn't the worst offence on a night when some of the Spurs crowd failed to cover themselves in glory.
The much discussed treatment of Hossam Ghaly was, without doubt, a disgrace.
Yes, he did a silly thing, and yes he has paid a price and apologised.
And to those fans who felt this didn't atone for his petulant act, I'd say that I consider the booing of a current player and, in turn, bullying the manager into changing his decisions to be a bigger show of disrespect to the club than tossing a shirt in a fit of pique. A strange set of priorities indeed.
So, having eased past Wigan in the FA Cup, and with a Wembley place beckoning in the Carling, it would be nice to repeat the show and nick some Premier League points at the JJB.
With Defoe's record of scoring debuts let's hope the deal allows him to come and get us going in the right direction.
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