Harry Redknapp backs Jermain Defoe to shine

Redknapp: Defoe will shine
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Harry Redknapp backs Jermain Defoe to fill the void left by Emmanuel Adebayor for the match against Manchester City.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has claimed that he is confident Jermain Defoe can fill the void left by Emmanuel Adebayor for Sunday's clash with Manchester City.

Adebayor will miss the match due to the conditions of his loan move from Manchester City and Defoe is expected to be named as his replacement.

Redknapp said: "Jermain has been bursting for a chance to get back in and play so he has got the opportunity now.

"We have to play good football in to them, though. We can't be hitting long forward balls up to Defoe expecting him to win challenges with their central defenders."

Spurs are currently five points behind league leaders City.

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