Andre Villas-Boas hails Jermain Defoe

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas praises striker Jermain Defoe after he moved within one goal of the club's all-time European goalscoring record this evening.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has hailed the performance of Jermain Defoe after he scored the opening goal in his side's 2-0 win over Anzhi Makhachkala this evening.

Defoe's strike moved him within one goal of Martin Chivers's club-record European tally of 24 and also made it seven goals in four starts this season, but summer signing Roberto Soldado has been preferred to the England international in domestic action so far.

Villas-Boas refused to commit to who would start Sunday's Premier League match against West Ham United, but did reserve special praise for Defoe's achievements at the club.

"We have to judge recovery and the fact that JD was involved today and Soldado wasn't. 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," Villas-Boas told PA.

"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 an all-time goalscorer so I think that plays highly in his motivation, definitely."

The win was Tottenham's second in as many games in the Europa League proper this season, leaving Villas-Boas's side top of Group K by four points.

Jermain Defoe of Tottenham in action during a pre season friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Espanyol at White Hart Lane on August 10, 2013
Read Next:
Team News: AVB makes eight changes
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
8Leicester CityLeicester238783432231
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2367102941-1225
12Crystal Palace2367102133-1225
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2366111939-2024
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account