Spurs support Defoe
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jermain Defoe has received the support of everyone at Spurs over his biting incident.
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has received the support of everyone at the club over his infamous biting incident against West Ham last weekend.
Defoe has found himself in the media spotlight for all the wrong reasons this week after aiming a bite towards Javier Mascherano's arm at White Hart Lane.
Manager Martin Jol played down the England international's actions as a playful nibble but other members of the football fraternity have been more critical.
Defoe issued an apology earlier in the week and assistant coach Chris Hughton insists the incident is now behind them as they prepare for the trip to Watford on Saturday.
"Initially we didn't see it but he is well aware of what he did and, that being the case, our support always goes with him," Hughton said.
"He's been his normal self on the training ground. The one thing about Jermain is that he is someone who very much lives for the game.
"The lad looks after himself very well. He has great enthusiasm and has a big disappointment when he doesn't play. They are the sort of players you want around you."
Defoe found the net twice in midweek Carling Cup action against Milton Keynes Dons to help Spurs reach the fourth round of the competition.
Jol's men are also still involved in a Uefa Cup campaign and Hughton concedes the cup runs could harm their league form.
"One thing we are aware is that the more competitions we are in, it makes it harder to sustain a good league season like we had last year," he admitted.
"It makes it harder but they are the tests which are in front of us and we are striving for."
Meanwhile, Hughton is delighted with the form of the club's four strikers ahead of the game against Watford.
Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane, Mido and Defoe have all found the net more than once this season.
Hughton is particularly pleased with the form of Mido, who Spurs brought back after a successful loan spell.
"It is something we strive to have, that type of competition throughout the squad but certainly in the forward areas," Hughton added.
"Mido is very tough to deal with and that's why we brought him back. He is one of the group of our strikers that realise they can't play every game.
"He has perhaps given us something different again. The one thing we are grateful for is that we have four strikers who are all different types of players."