Jermain Defoe has yet to establish himself in Andre Villas Boas’ first team plans. Certainly not in the league anyway, he has mainly been used in the Europa League which he can’t stop scoring in.
With the World Cup coming up at the end of the season, Defoe may himself want to move on to get more minutes under his belt. The Times have reported that Spurs have put a value of £6.5 million on Defoe.
Defoe would have a lot of suitors if he was available. He has been linked with a move to the MLS, but that would be a waste. A move there is unlikely tot do his England chances any good, and he can still do a job at the highest level in this country. That is why I believe a move to Queens Park Rangers would be a strange one as well. Obviously Harry Redknapp is a big fan having managed him already in three separate spells. A drop to the Championship should not be considered by the 31-year-old.
Jermain Defoe still remains one of the best natural finishers in the country. When given a chance, he will more often that not put the ball in the back of the net. He is an exemplary finisher, and one that many clubs in the Premier League currently struggling for goals would be desperate to have. Teams like Sunderland, West Ham, and Stoke, currently lacking a classic goalscorer would love to have Defoe on board.
AVB does like Defoe too, and has praised him in the past, but given he only plays with one striker in the team, £26 million Roberto Soldado is always likely to get the nod ahead of the former Portsmouth striker.
£6.5 million still represents a decent fee for a 31-year-old. AVB wouldn’t want to lose him as he can see that he is still important to the club.
Defoe’s goals could hypothetically keep a team up. He has always hit the ground running when transferred, scoring on his debut on all five occasions. West Ham and other clubs could find themselves in even more precarious positions come January. Defoe is someone who wouldn’t take time to settle in and would not represent a gamble, as he is a natural goalscorer. Therefore £6.5 million would not seem like much at all. I feel that price does represent Defoe’s value at this moment in time.