Tottenham’s AVB coy on chances of Defoe starting ahead of Soldado

Andre Villas-Boas remains tight-lipped on whether Jermain Defoe will start ahead of Roberto Soldado at West Ham on Sunday

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Andre Villas-Boas remained tight-lipped on the possibility of Jermain Defoe starting ahead of Roberto Soldado this weekend after the striker netted in a 2-0 win in Russia.

The 30-year-old scored his fifth Europa League goal of the season and the north London side’s opener in their victory over Group K opponents Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday night.

Tottenham’s £27.5m signing Soldado has failed to find the net in his last four games, leading to calls for Defoe to be handed a starting spot against West Ham United on Sunday.

While Villas-Boas praised Defoe after the striker moved one goal closer to Martin Chivers’ European record, the Spurs boss refused to shed any light on his selection plans.

“We have to judge recovery and the fact that JD was involved today and Soldado wasn’t,” Villas-Boas said. “Everything will come into consideration.

“We have been extremely happy with the performances of both. It is a question of deciding what is best for the team.

“It was another great goal, a great finish. It’s really good to see him out there again doing extremely well whenever he’s given the opportunity.

“He is a great professional, has a great attitude and now he’s only one off Martin Chivers so it’s a real great achievement for him.

“I think he has the ambition this season to go even further up the ladder in this record tally behind Martin Chivers and as a all-time goalscorer so I think that plays highly in his motivation, definitely.”

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