Tottenham’s Andre Villas-Boas ponders Jermain Defoe recall

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas says Jermain Defoe has an important role to play in the race for a top-four finish

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Jermain Defoe signed a new three-year deal at Spurs last summer Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

Andre Villas-Boas has hinted that he could restore Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe to his starting line-up for the trip to Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

The 30-year-old came on as a second-half substitute and scored his first goal in 12 games to fire Spurs to a 3-1 victory over Manchester City at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

With Emmanuel Adebayor struggling to find form, Villas-Boas believes the England international will be needed to provide an added goal threat after recovering from a pelvic injury.

“Yes, it’s a big decision [to choose between Defoe and Adebayor}, but we are extremely happy,” Villas-Boas said. “It’s very important for us to have Jermain back, particularly because he found the back of the net.

“Goalkeepers have been making impossible saves against him and he finally got the ball in the net the other day with a tremendous goal that helped us get the three points.

“It’s good because he had a blip in terms of goals, not performances – he was always sharp – but he had a couple of injuries. Now he is back he gives us that quality and confidence by scoring.”

Villas-Boas also confirmed Aaron Lennon is also available for selection for the Wigan clash after being sidelined for three weeks with a knee injury.

“He has been training with the team all week so he will be available for selection.

“He is a good player to have back, he has had a tremendous impact. It is another big boost for the squad.”

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