When Tottenham splashed 16.5 million on Darren Bent, most assumed that Jermaine Defoe was on his way out the door whether he opened it himself or was pushed all the way. Even though everyone bangs on about having four quality strikers in order to compete at the top of the Premiership, even some Spurs fans seemed to think their current situation was untenable.
Defoe, though, has other plans,
“We have made some good signings and our squad is now stronger and even better equipped to compete in all competitions.
“We have competition for places in all positions and that can only be good for the team.”
Could it be that Defoe, who was labeled selfish and a turncoat when he handed in his transfer request immediately following West Ham’s relegation a few years ago is just genuinely a team player? Someone who wants to win titles and see Spurs succeed more than whether he is on the front cover of FourFourTwo? Maybe he just believes Martin Jol when he tells him that all four strikers will get games to play based on merit and tactical situations, not by who was more expensive or who has the bigger reputation.
Maybe we’re all too jaded from listening to players acting in their own interests that we just can’t fathom it when one doesn’t.