Former England striker Jermain Defoe says that the approach to young players needs to change in football.
The prices for young players with a lot of potential are relatively low compared to established names. This has resulted in an extraordinary influx of money into the youth market, although it is not necessarily transferring into better opportunities for young players. Defoe says that many youngsters start playing at an early age thinking nothing about football and it becomes extremely traumatic for them to learn that they are not good enough only a few years later.
Michael Ballack believes that Mesut Ozil should not have made a move from Real Madrid to Arsenal the previous season.
According to Ballack, Ozil’s biggest problem is that he is not comfortable with criticism. As soon as he has a few off days and he gets criticized, his body language drops significantly.
Ozil appeared to have started enjoying life in England straightaway as in his first few matches for Arsenal last year, he was just amazing. He was outfoxing opposition with his pace, setting up goals and winning matches, but, this year has been an extreme contrast to that.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp has stated that he will not be looking to bring Jermain Defoe back to the Premier league. The former Tottenham striker has been linked with a return to the Premier league with QPR, which would see him reunited with his former manager Redknapp.
Even though Redknapp used Defoe sparingly in his final few years at Tottenham, the 31-year-old is one of the favourite players of the manager. There is a possibility that Defoe could come back at least on a loan spell during the Christmas period.
There are a lot of concerns growing about the injury of Jermain Defoe, who came to Toronto FC as the designated player for this year. He is one of the top earning MLS star players, but the former Tottenham striker has played very little football. He has been suffering from a hamstring injury since joining the club. This has not only put his future at Toronto in doubt, but also of his participation with the England national team at the World Cup 2014. Even though he has scored three goals in just two appearances, his lack of involvement in the last two matches has raised a lot of questions.
The football experts might think that Jermain Defoe should not have taken transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to the MLS club Toronto FC as it would lessen the chances of him being selected in the England squad for the World Cup finals, but, the player himself has a different opinion. He reckons that if he performs well for Toronto, there is no reason why he can’t get the ticket to Brazil.
Defoe hasn’t left Tottenham yet though. He would stay at White Hart Lane till the end of February.
Jermain Defoe’s time in Tottenham seems to be counting down, with the interim coach Tim Sherwood preferring to use Adebayor and Soldado as his main attacking players. Following the departure of Andre Villas-Boas from Tottenham, Tim Sherwood was appointed as the temporarily coach until they can snatch a more suitable person for the vacant role.
Even with Sherwood at the head of the club, Defoe is still being overshadowed by his teammates although this could change in an instant depending on who will be in charge of the club in January as Tottenham still are in search of another coach.
Ryan Nelsen, the manager for the Major League Soccer side Toronto FC has admitted that he would love to bring Tottenham Hotspur and England national team striker Jermain Defoe to the club.
Queens Park Ranger striker Andy Johnson wants Tottenham Hotspur front man Jermaine Defoe to join him at the club and believes manager Harry Redknapp will be able to convince the player to drop down a division and join the Championship side.
Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur have apparently rejected a world record £ 85 million bid for star winger Gareth Bale from Real Madrid as they play hard ball in trying to keep their flyer at the club for one more season.
Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel has said that the team can take confidence from the comeback that they achieved in the 2-2 draw with Basel in the quarter-finals of the Europa league on Thursday night.
Tottenham came into the encounter looking to qualify for the semifinals of the competition. However, they suffered a huge setback after going two goals down to the Swiss club. Goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Sigurdsson helped them come back into the match, but it still gives Basel the advantage in the tie due to the away goals rule.