Defoe form down to confidence, says Tottenham boss Villas-Boas
Wednesday 03 October 2012
Andre Villas-Boas believes the excellent form of Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe is down to the confidence instilled in the England international by the knowledge he is the club’s first choice centre-forward, the Daily Mirror has reported.
Villas-Boas added that over the summer he illustrated how much he wanted Defoe to stay at the club by pushing Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to sign the 29-year-old to a new contract, with an outcome of six goals in 10 games at the start of the season and an end to the discontent Defoe was said to be feeling under Villas-Boas’ predecessor, Harry Redknapp.
Defoe was most often used as a substitute under Redknapp last season, with the former manager preferring to start with the on-loan Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor, although the Mirror notes that Defoe still notched 17 goals last season. But despite having Adebayor at the club on a permanent basis, Villas-Boas has put his faith in Defoe.
He said: “At the moment, we are extremely happy with what [Defoe] is doing. And I am sure that is having an impact on the way he feels about himself. He scored so many goals last season from an interrupted sequence of games. He has performed so well for this club and you have to respect the fact he keeps on motivating himself to show that.
“Now he is getting confidence from being given games from the start. He has been excellent. His desire and his motivation are there and his movements are fantastic. I think he will continue. He has been creating so much and has been immense for the team. We have to be very grateful for what he has been doing for the team. I think he is enjoying every moment of it.”
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