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Villas-Boas mulls Defoe recall

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has welcomed the return to form of Jermain Defoe ahead of the crucial Premier League run-in.

Last Updated: 27/04/13 at 14:35 Post Comment

Jermain Defoe: Stepped off the bench to score a crucial goal against Manchester

Jermain Defoe: Stepped off the bench to score a crucial goal against Manchester

Defoe scored 13 goals before Christmas before having his form and fitness hampered by a troublesome pelvic problem.

The 30-year-old failed to hit the target in 12 straight matches, but his sharpness and eye for goal returned on Sunday when he stepped off the bench to score the second goal as Spurs shocked Manchester City 3-1.

Villas-Boas now has to decide whether to restore Defoe to the starting line-up ahead of Emmanuel Adebayor for Saturday's trip to Wigan as Tottenham look to maintain their bid for a Champions League place.

"Yes, it's a big decision (to choose between Defoe and Adebayor), but we are extremely happy," Villas-Boas said. "It's very important for us to have Jermain back, particularly because he found the back of the net.

"Goalkeepers have been making impossible saves against him and he finally got the ball in the net the other day with a tremendous goal that helped us get the three points.

"It's good because he had a blip in terms of goals, not performances - he was always sharp - but he had a couple of injuries. Now he is back he gives us that quality and confidence by scoring."

Villas-Boas also confirmed that England winger Aaron Lennon will return to the squad at the weekend after three weeks out with a knee injury.

"He has been training with the team all week so he will be available for selection," he added. "He is a good player to have back, he has had a tremendous impact. It is another big boost for the squad."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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