Jermaine Defoe told everybody yesterday, that while he was loyal to Spurs, he wouldn’t want to spend another season on the bench at While Hart Lane.
Jermaine Defoe – Newcastle interested?
Defoe has had a surprisingly large number of games on the bench this season, and he’s one of those players who just wants to play games, and if he doesn’t get the games, then he’s not too happy.
This season Jermaine has appeared 29 times for Spurs and has 9 goals, but a lot of those appearances were as a sub.
That’s unlike a player like Michael Owen , who seems happy enough to pick up his wages and medals by being on the bench at top club Manchester United.
Michael has conveniently made 10 short sub appearances in the Premier League this season, and will therefore qualify for a Premier League medal this season, surely his last at Old Trafford.
Michael would be well advised to join a mid-table PL side this summer, and get regular starts, since he can still score those goals, but he cannot do that when he’s sitting on the bench at Old Trafford.
Michael has appeared just 16 times for Manchester United all season with 4 goals.
But for some players that just doesn’t do it, and Jermaine Defoe wants to play and score those goals, and at least in that way he’s unlike Owen.
So with Newcastle interested in any top class striker this summer, it was only a matter of time before they were linked with Jermaine potentially arriving at Newcastle this summer.
Defoe has had two separate spells at Tottenham in his career, and the last time he moved there form Portsmouth was in January of 2009, when he cost around £16M, so presumably Spurs would want their money back on the player.
There will be other top clubs after Jermaine Defoe, including perhaps north London rivals Arsenal, but any link with him going north to Glasgow to play at Celtic or Rangers is way off the mark, since those clubs just haven’t got that sort of money these days.
We think Jermaine is probably a bit old for Newcastle at 28, and his value on Tyneside will hardly increase, but he would be more than a decent buy, and surely Jermaine would be able to get the goals on Tyneside, with regular first team action.
Jermaine has always been able to score wherever he’s played – at Bournemouth, West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham – and in 431 club games in his career he’s scored 178 goals.
The Beckton-born striker has currently 46 caps for England and 15 goals.
Let’s know if you think Jermaine would be a good buy for Newcastle, at around £15M.