Hope they don’t sign anyone? Embrace the bench? Do a runner?
Jermain Defoe’s present position is rather barmy. Despite being deemed worthy of only 11 Premier League starts last season, he is currently the only striker left at Tottenham.
The England forward has spent and at times wasted seven-and-a-half years of his career at Spurs and after a campaign spent glued to the bench despite a goal-per-start ratio, he had probably decided to make like Gareth and bail this summer.
However, Emmanuel Adebayor’s uncertain future after a successful loan stint and the excitement of a new manager arriving, coupled with the rickety appearance of his alternate career paths, could yet see him stay. First though, let’s look at his other options, as defined by Bet Victor…
Their squad isn’t as impressive as Tottenham’s, but there is enough depth up front with Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy to suggest that Defoe wouldn’t be guaranteed a starting spot, while further reinforcements are to be expected. Defoe may need to settle for a season outside of Europe.
QPR is perhaps the right level of club, pitched between those with Champions League delusions and those set to struggle, to ensure first-team football without selling Defoe short. Yet with a number of strikers already signed in 2012 and big plans for the future, he’d risk being lost in the shuffle again.
Without aiming a boot at the Royals’ crotch, this is their first Premier League campaign under Brian McDermott, and though their promotion was achieved neatly, their top-flight participation beyond next season is in doubt, and therefore it is too early for them to attract Defoe-calibre players.
Other Options: West Ham 8/1, Aston Villa 12/1, Fulham 12/1, Norwich 16/1, Sunderland 16/1, Newcastle 25/1, Swansea 33/1, West Brom 33/1
What would The Spoiler do?
Allow the new Spurs boss a chance to seduce him, but assuming that another season sampling the White Hart Lane bench awaits, he must move. Of the clubs listed above, Fulham feels like the best fit. They have a manager who has trusted him before, he wouldn’t have to relocate and he should be sure of a game with Bobby Zamora, Andy Johnson and Pavel Pogrebnyak all leaving already in 2012.