The Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has come out in praise of the Portuguese manager Andre Villas-Boas, while also saying that he is extremely thankful to the support shown by the manager.

After finding himself largely on the fringes under the previous manager Harry Redknapp, Jermain Defoe has been one of the key players for Tottenham this season. He has rewarded the faith shown by the manager Andre Villas-Boas by already scoring nine goals in the league alone. He is third in the list of top scorers for this season. He has also scored 13 goals in all competitions for the club.

Even with the presence of a player like Emmanuel Adebayor, who can act as a target man, the manager has largely preferred Jermain Defoe for the important matches. It is only now that he is starting to pair the England international with the Togo striker. It is a partnership that is also showing a lot of promise, as Tottenham have currently been on a three match winning streak. This has elevated them to the fourth position in the table level on points with the European champions Chelsea, although Chelsea do have a match in hand. Finishing in the top four is one of the main objectives for Tottenham this season.

“The new manager has come in and he has shown great faith in me. He said to me from the beginning, ‘I want you to stay at the club, I know you will score goals’. It has been fantastic. I have got my chances, I have scored goals,” said the England international. Tottenham have also qualified for the next round of the Europa league and will be facing the French club Lyon. This will be a tough fixture for the Premier league club, which will also see Hugo Lloris return to his former club.