Defoe confident of keeping place despite Adebayor return

Jermain Defoe is relishing the competition of Tottenham compatriot Emmanuel Adebayor after the Togo striker was named in Spurs’ squad for their Premier League encounter with Aston Villa for the first time after a month long absence with a hamstring injury.

However, according to, England international Defoe believes that his current form will merit his inclusion ahead of Adebayor as Tottenham’s lone striker.

“For me, him being back is not a problem,” Defoe said. “You get pressure your whole career. There has always been pressure – it is something you get used to.”

29-year-old Defoe has scored four goals in six league appearances so far this season in Adebayor’s absence, after the target man was Harry Redknapp’s preferred choice to fulfil the striking role throughout last season. However, under new boss Andre Villas-Boas, Defoe appears to have found a new lease of his life and the 51-times capped England international gives full praise to his new boss.

“My form this season has been the result of the manager playing me for 90 minutes. That has allowed me to relax, make sure my movement is good and make sure I don’t panic that I am going to come off after an hour. When you play games, you get fitter and sharper.”

Tottenham will look to recover from their disappointing Europa League draw with Panathinaikos in midweek by gaining their fourth consecutive league victory at home to a struggling Aston Villa side on Sunday.

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