Jermain Defoe has called on Tottenham Hotspur to add at least one new striker to the squad next season if the club are to challenge for a Champions League place again, Sky
Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas can currently only call upon Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor as strikers in the senior set-up, with the likes of Gareth Bale, Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson bolstering the ranks from attacking midfield positions. But Defoe feels Spurs need more firepower if they are to push up the table – even if it means he gets less playing time as a result.
“I’m a forward but I can’t be the only forward at a club. Over the years, the clubs who’ve won titles have had several strikers,” Defoe said. “ When Manchester United won the Treble in 1999 they had unbelievable forwards like Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Dwight Yorke – you need that. If you want to do well it’s important to have competition. It will definitely help us to bring more goals into the team.”
Defoe last season netted 15 times with Bale top-scoring on 26, but United States international Dempsey was the only other player to reach double figures, with 12 goals in his first season at White Hart Lane. Adebayor was on target only eight times and Sigurdsson seven, with Tottenham recording fewer league goals than three of the four teams that finished higher in the rankings.
Former Portsmouth and West Ham striker Defoe has also had his future at the club thrown into doubt this summer but the 30-year-old insists he is paying no attention to the gossip. “ People say ‘This club’s in for you, that club’s in for you’ but I don’t take any notice,” he said.
“If someone comes in for you, your agent will tell you. It goes over my head. It’s happened for years. All I can say is I was doing the kit thing so it looks like I’ll be wearing it for the season,” Defoe added.
Defoe continued: “In a World Cup year it’s important for me to play. It’s based on merit. People will look at me and ask how many goals have I scored? To score goals you’ve got to play. I’ve got to score a lot of goals this season to get into the squad. A top club brings in top players. When you’ve something to fight for, you get the best out of yourself.”
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