Villas-Boas: Defoe can handle lone striking role

The Tottenham boss has insisted the 30-year-old can meet the demands placed upon him by club and international commitments, despite playing an unfamiliar position.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has insisted Jermain Defoe can cope with the demands of playing as a lone striker.

The 30-year-old has featured in 15 games in just 10 weeks for both England and Spurs, often being deployed up front without a striking partner.

However, Villas-Boas believes the forward is keen to continued playing regularly, after growing frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities last season.

"Let's compare it to last year. People were begging for chances and here they are," he said. "Obviously it is a different type of situation, but at this time of the season I am not worried yet.

"You take out the first three games of the season as they were separated by a week, there were international breaks when he played some of the games but not all. He still has power and energy in his legs. Also the possibility of him equaling Teddy Sheringham or overtaking him on the top 10 of Tottenham's goalscorers is something that motivates him."

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