Selling Defoe could be disastrous for Tottenham Hotspur

Just because Tottenham have a shiny new toy in Roberto Soldado, does not mean they should discard the reliable Jermain Defoe.

Numerous reports over the past week have been linking Jermain Defoe with a move away from Tottenham, with former manager Harry Redknapp said to be determined to bring him to QPR.

If a substantial offer came in for the striker, Spurs would of course be wise to consider it - but really, Defoe is a player they should be seeking to keep.

If Spurs are to push on and secure a top four place, and even higher, they need to ensure they have strength in depth in all key positions.

The area they were let down in last season was the striking department, with Defoe and Adebayor found wanting as the club failed to push on and build on a promising first three-quarters of the campaign.

But just because Roberto Soldado has been signed for a record fee, does not mean Spurs should now believe they are 'sorted' in the position and begin selling their alternate options.

Considering Emmanuel Adebayor is an unpredictable character, Defoe's reliability and goal threat will still be crucial if the club are to compete on all fronts this season.

Expecting one or two men to do it all on their own is exactly what let them down last season, so if Spurs sold Defoe they would be left with just Adebayor and Soldado up front when it comes to senior strikers.

With the ever-present threats of injury, loss of form, suspensions, top clubs need options, as seen by Manchester City's pool of attackers - Alvaro Negredo, Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko.

Spurs now have three viable options, so should not make the mistake of having taken a big step forward in bringing Soldado in, making a step backwards.

Of course spurs will have the option to buy a striker should they sell Defoe, but with the Englishman a proven Premier League goalscorer, and Soldado clearly first choice; what better back-up option are they likely to find with just three weeks until the transfer window closes?

Defoe will want regular football in a World Cup year, but he will also get plenty of opportunities still at Spurs, with Europa League games too.

If he stays fit, then he should be targeting a minimum return of 15 goals from all competitions over the course of the season.

And that kind of contribution is not one Spurs should pass up. Having sold Clint Dempsey, who contributed key goals at times last season, letting Defoe go when there is also a lack of clarity on Gareth Bale could be an error to rival Steven Caulker's sale.

Should Spurs keep Defoe? What do you think?

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