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Tottenham Forward Jermain Defoe Calls For Striker Competition

Spurs ace wants more forwards at the club.

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe has called for the club to sign more strikers and add more options up front if they are going to have any chance of competing for the Champions League again this season, Sky Sports reports.

Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor are the side’s only two recognised out-and-out strikers, though Gareth Bale and Clint Dempsey can also provide support in an attacking capacity. However, the England international has called on Andre Villas-Boas to dip into the market and add competition across Spurs’ frontline.

There have been reports suggesting that Adebayor could be heading out of White Heart Lane this summer after a paltry return of just eight goals in 32 appearances across all competitions has not matched the £5 million price tag that the club paid for him following a successful loan the previous season and Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke is rumoured to be lined up as his replacement.

“I’m a forward but I can’t be the only forward at a club. Over the years, the clubs who’ve won titles have had several strikers,” Defore said.

“When Manchester United won the Treble in 1999 they had unbelievable forwards like Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Dwight Yorke – you need that.

“If you want to do well it’s important to have competition. It will definitely help us to bring more goals into the team.”

The 30-year-old has also seen his own future in north London cast into doubt as many news sources have tipped him to be a victim of the overhaul led by Villas-Boas, but he has insisted that he is not focussed on speculation concerning himself and just wants to make a strong start to the season in what is an important World Cup year.

“People say ‘This club’s in for you, that club’s in for you’ but I don’t take any notice.

“If someone comes in for you, your agent will tell you. It goes over my head. It’s happened for years. All I can say is I was doing the kit thing so it looks like I’ll be wearing it for the season.

“In a World Cup year it’s important for me to play. It’s based on merit. People will look at me and ask how many goals have I scored? To score goals you’ve got to play.

“I’ve got to score a lot of goals this season to get into the squad. A top club brings in top players. When you’ve something to fight for, you get the best out of yourself.”


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