Jermain Defoe eager to earn his spot at Tottenham despite exit rumors
Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe admits he is getting frustrated by the few playing opportunities he is being provided at the club, but lack of action hasn’t convinced him to seek a move away yet.
Defoe has scored nine goals in all competitions for Tottenham Hotspur this season, something no other player in the team has achieved, yet manager Andre Villas-Boas has refrained from making the England international a regular player in his team.
The summer signing of Roberto Soldado is the primary cause for Defore growing out of favor. The 31-year-old has made only first-team appearance in the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur this season.
Nonetheless, Defoe is eager to fight for his place in the first-team. Defoe believes he can impress Villas-Boas, although rumors are linking the veteran with move away.
“Of course it is frustrating that for all the goals, I have not had much of a chance in the Premier League,” Defoe told the Daily Express.
“Fans ask me all the time, but I don't need to tell anybody I am frustrated. That is just normal. People know I love my football, and I love scoring goals. When I am not getting the opportunity to do that, it is frustrating.
“But I have never once said I wanted to leave this football club.”
Defoe, who left the Whites for Portsmouth in 2008 came back to White Hart Lane only a year later, claims he has grown a special bond with the fans and the club.
“Even when I left the first time, I didn't say I wanted to leave the club,” Defoe said. “All I will say is that I want to play. I would rather say to the gaffer, 'give me a chance'. I don't want to go to him and say, 'I am leaving the club'. I love the club and everybody knows that.
“I have got a special relationship with the fans and even when I left before, the club dentist called me during a Spurs game so I could hear the fans were still singing my name even when I was a Portsmouth player. I will never forget that.
“I came back and it has been great. If the day came when I have to go, it would be hard. All my friends are here and every game I play, when I put that shirt on, it feels like the first game.”