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The top ten Spurs players of the decade: #4.

Jermain Defoe

Defoe first joined the club in 2004, following the relegation of his former club West Ham United. He was blasted by their fans, dubbed a “glory hunter” and a “rat deserting a sinking ship” however he quickly won popularity with his new Tottenahm fans, thanks in large to the goal threat he offered and his pacy style of play.

West Ham fans weren't best pleased when Defoe left
West Ham fans weren’t best pleased when Defoe left

However his second season at the club was less prolific, and he found himself relegated to the bench on many occasions. Martin Jol favoured a “big man- little man” strike partnership and often opted for Robbie Keane as his “little man”, leading Defoe to grow restless on the sidelines. He still hit the target when required though and won his place back in the 2006/2007 season, scoring 18 goals and appearing 49 times for the club. He scored his 50th goal for the club in December 2006.

In the summer of 2007, Tottenham made forward Darren Bent their record signing when they signed him from Charlton for £16.5 million. The transfer immediately led to rumours linking Defoe to a move to another club, however he stayed on at Spurs and continued fighting for his place. Alas, he struggled to make an impression in the 2007/2008 season and in January completed a move to Portsmouth for £6 million. His Tottenham career, which had spanned four years and seen him net over 50 goals was seemingly over.

Defoe performed well for Pompey, striking up a extremely prolific partnership with Peter Crouch, hitting goal after goal. However Portsmouth’s poor financial situation once again clouded the players future in doubt and in January 2009, just a year after leaving Tottenham, Defoe was back at the Lane. He hit the ground running and once again established himself after performing well for Tottenham in our late Europa League hunt and started this season on fire, scoring five goals in five games. There’s no doubting Jermain Defoe is back in business, and all Spurs fans should be incredibly grateful.

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