Andre Villas-Boas says Jermain Defoe can cope with lone striker role
Andre Villas-Boas says he has no worries about striker Jermain Defoe burning out.
Last Updated: 27/10/12 3:27pm
Defoe was a bit-part player under Harry Redknapp but he has been in terrific form for Spurs playing as a lone frontman.
Defoe is also featuring regularly for England, but international football combined with Spurs' domestic and European exertions has raised questions as to whether he can cope with such demands.
The former West Ham man has played in 15 matches for club and country in the past 10 weeks, but Villas-Boas insists he has no concerns about the striker.
"Let's compare it to last year. People were begging for chances and here they are," he said.
"Obviously it is a different type of situation, but at this time of the season I am not worried yet.
"You take out the first three games of the season as they were separated by a week, there were international breaks when he played some of the games but not all.
"He still has power and energy in his legs. Also the possibility of him equalling Teddy Sheringham or overtaking him on the top 10 of Tottenham's goalscorers is something that motivates him."