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Tottenham boss Villas-Boas hails 'deadly' Defoe

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Jermain Defoe: England can qualify for World Cup unbeaten
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Jermain Defoe: England can qualify for World Cup unbeaten

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has praised Jermain Defoe after the striker made a goalscoring start to the season against Newcastle United.

The England international netted from close range to peg back the hosts after Demba Ba's opener, though Spurs went on to lose the match 2-1.

Defoe, who hit a stunning winner for England against Italy last week, struggled to hold down a regular spot under Harry Redknapp last season but still managed to notch 17 goals in all competitions.

Spurs are chasing further striking reinforcements but the Portuguese coach says that the striker accepts this situation and that he will remain a key part of the squad if another forward is signed before the end of the transfer window.

"He always has this killer instinct. He scored in midweek for his country, scored for us during preseason and again here [at Newcastle]," Villas-Boas told reporters.

"He is showing that touch that we need up front. Jermain accepts that we are looking for one more striker because the team is in need of that, but when we have them all together the quality of the player is tremendous.

"It is a different situation for him now. I have nothing to do with anything that happened in the past. He is our striker, is playing extremely well, is full of confidence and has been deadly in front of goal."


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