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Spurs striker does not want to sit on the bench

Jermain Defoe wants to start for Tottenham

By | 19th September 2013
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Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe spoke out to reveal his frustration with his role coming off the bench this year. The English striker has made three appearances for the club so far this season with all of them substitutions and expressed his unhappiness regarding his manager’s choices. It’s a different role for Defoe as the striker started 27 league games last year for the club and only came on as a substitute seven times, totaling 11 Premier League goals in his appearances.

The addition of Spanish striker Roberto Soldado has been the main reason Defoe has not featured as a starter for the club in the Premier League, as Soldado came over from La Liga side Valencia for a fee of £30 million. Soldado has scored twice so far this season with both goals coming on penalties while also netting two goals in the Europa League for Tottenham.

Defoe revealed that he feels he can be an effective impact player coming off the bench as he studies the game and looks for weaknesses he can take advantages of when he comes on late. However, he believes he can have more success if he plays entire games.

“No, not at all, I don’t want to sit on the bench and be an impact player,” Defoe told BBC Sport.

“At the end of the day you want to start games.¬†Obviously people might look at me and think ‘he comes on and he’s always sharp,’ but it’s only because I sit there and I analyze the game and think where am I going to get opportunities to score. I really study the game when I’m on the bench.

“You might come off the bench and score one goal but you might start the game, play the full ninety minutes and score two. I’d rather do that.”

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