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Sep 082010
 

The international break ended last night with PL club managers looking on with anxious eyes. Harry Redknapp and Spurs fans alike must have been fearing the worst when they saw Jermain Defoe lying centre circle in a heap and later leaving the field on a stretcher.

As if to add to the torment, there was no further mention or any update regarding the injury and left most of us scratching our heads and wondering if we had imagined it all? After match reports repeatedly referring to the Theo Walcott injury were being periodically updated yet the omission of any reference to Defoe ‘s situation was glaringly inexplicable.

Thankfully this morning the smiling face of Jermain appeared on our screens with a look that seemed to be saying ‘whats the problem’? But the 27-year-old is confident he will have regained full fitness in time for the trip to the Hawthorns.

When asked whether he would be available for the weekend’s encounter, Defoe replied: “Yeah, definitely. I hope so. (ok gotcha, you maybe you maybe not?)

“I jarred my ankle or my knee but it feels alright.  

“I’ve always said I’ll do my best to make sure I’m out there.

“I’ve just got to rest it (the injury). I’ll just keep icing it and I’m sure I’ll be ok.

Defoe was satisfied with England’s performance in Switzerland as they followed up Friday’s 4-0 triumph over Bulgaria at Wembley

“I think the movement in the first half was maybe better than the previous game,” he added. “We did really well, the manager was really happy.

“The energy again was good. In the second half they blew up a bit in the first ten minutes but overall I think we were the better side.

Tottenham striker Peter Crouch has heaped praise on team-mate, Crouch, who was forced to pull out of the England squad with a back injury, says he was pleased for Defoe and built up his club-mate’s ability.

He told his Spurs’ official website: “It’s fantastic for Jermain and he took his goals really well. I was really pleased for him.

“I thought the movement for all his goals was fantastic, the way he took defenders away and made space for himself. He looked really sharp. Yeah ok, he didn’t get a goal against the Swiss but his movement and link play with Wayne was excellent in the first half.

“I’ve played with him a lot and he’s going to get goals whenever he plays. He’s so sharp around the box and with that kind of movement England have, the players will find him and create the chances.

“As strikers, we all benefit from that.”

Luckily we’ve got the extra day for all our returnees to recover in time for our visit to the Hawthorns so come Friday we will  have a better idea who is available for selection, keep icing it Jermain.

Sep 072010
 

                                                                                                 

The transfer window has hardly had time to mist up before the latest rumour hits the surface and it involves our very own Jermain Defoe. Sources in Italy are circulating rumours suggesting Juventus intend making a move for our pocket rocket come January.

Defoe, 27, is on the Italian club’s radar as he continues to impress for both Spurs and England. The hit-man’s hat-trick against Bulgaria at Wembley last week — after previously scoring twice in the second leg of Spurs’ crucial Champions League play-off game against Young Boys — has seen his stock rise sharply around Europe, and he could be the answer for Juventus, who have been looking at signing a striker.

La Vecchia Signora are said to be keeping the spotlight firmly on Defoe, whose contract with Spurs expires in 2014.

A January transfer could arise, but the Bianconeri would have to offer the Premier League outfit at least €16 million (£13.3m) to garner attention and overcome Tottenham’s likely resistance to a sale.

The Old Lady added Jorge Martinez and Fabio Quagliarella to their forward ranks this summer, but Luigi Del Neri is looking for the pace and shoot-on-sight instincts Defoe offers, reports Tuttosport.

What a week for Defoe, hat trick for England, being compared to David Villa of Spain by Ian Wright (thats what friends are for) and now apparently on Juve’s wanted list. Although Defoe is known to happy at White Hart Lane after his reunion with Harry Redknapp and Spurs, Juve will remain hopeful that their status as one of the biggest clubs in Europe might persuade the 27-year old to make a move.

Defoe added goals 13, 14 and 15 to his tally on Friday night in his 44th appearance.  Defoe is one of the most prolific scorers within the English Premier League and has scored 29 in 50 starts and 7 substitute appearances since his return to White Hart Lane after scoring 17 in 34 starts and 2 appearances off the bench with Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth.

Could the desire be there to now prove himself on the continent whilst in his prime? Following the World Cup there was a belief England player’s experience and effectiveness is limited to the Premier League.  Defoe could be the first player to make a leap from the safety of the Premier League into the uncertainty of Europe for some time.  We as a nation import many players but very rarely export.  Is this because we over price them, or is it simply we have something in our make up which is fatally flawed?

However this plays out, we as a club must make sure any deal benefits all parties with the emphasis on the fee involved sufficient to enable the financing of a suitable replacement.

Sep 062010
 

Last week Spurs confirmed the signing of Croatian Stipe Pletikosa on a season long loan. Having not had much time to research this guy as he seemed to be the forgotten man in the Van der Vaart saga I finally got around to it today.

I found this video on and I like the look of him, he is very brave and athletic. He has won 80 caps for Croatia which is impressive and you could argue that at the age of 31 he should be in his prime as a goalkeeper. Many believed that Pletikosa deserved to win the best keeper at Euro 2008 but unfortunately the luck never fell his way.

My only criticism I any are that it looks as though he might be a bit over theatrical in some of the saves he makes but we will have to wait and see. He was once regarded as the best keeper in the Russian league. You lot are the judges, opinions below chaps.