Villas-Boas full of praise for Tottenham striker Defoe

Andre Villas-Boas has lavished praise upon Jermain Defoe after the striker inspired Tottenham Hotspur to a 3-1 victory over West Ham in the Premier League, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The victory took Spurs above the Hammers in the league table, and came by virtue of a Defoe brace and a strike from Gareth Bale. Andy Carroll netted a late consolation for the visitors, but it was former West Ham forward Defoe who shined in the opinion of his Head Coach.

Defoe opened the scoring shortly before half-time and added his second and Tottenham’s third just after the hour mark, with Bale’s goal sandwiched in between. Villas-Boas was particularly impressed by Defoe’s first goal, where the 30-year-old picked the ball up deep in the West Ham half, drove towards the penalty area and finished from long range in what the Mirror describes as one of the best goals of his career.

Villas-Boas said: “It was very similar to the goal he scored against Reading; turning away from the defender and taking it on. On one-on-one situations he’s immense. It was decisive because it unlocks the game. He’s an incredible striker. His form is absolutely immense.

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