Andre Villas-Boas has a headache over who to start up front against Chelsea.
Jermain Defoe has just given Andre Villas-Boas a big problem.
The experienced Tottenham striker’s performance against Aston Villa last night gave a glimpse as to what he’s still capable of; ripping the heart out of any side.
Defoe has been waiting for a chance to show why he deserves to be Tottenham’s starting striker and he’s done his chances of starting against Chelsea this weekend no harm at all.
He sat on the bench and watched Defoe’s performance last night, which means he will be the fresher of the two forwards although he will be slightly worried by what he saw.
What Soldado has going in his favour is the fact he’s proved he’s calm under pressure with two very precise spot kicks, which have got his goal tally in Tottenham colours off to a good start.
He’s also played more, accumulating more minutes on the pitch, which means his physical fitness will be higher than Defoe’s despite the fact the England man seems to have a great touch in front of goal.
They both have two goals in the Europa League so far and significantly, Soldado has used that competition to show that his effectiveness isn’t entirely confined to kicking a dead ball from 12 yards.
Considering Tottenham’s current position and the calibre of the opposition they are due to face, expect AVB to go with the player he’s trusted more so far this season and that's Soldado.
Defoe is a great player to have coming off the bench because his pace and his impact play are useful when the opposition back four is tiring as the match wears on.
It’s a difficult one because both players are extremely effective when it comes to playing on the shoulder of the defence, pushing them back and create more space in midfield for Tottenham’s talented middle men to get on the ball.
AVB doesn’t have any real reason to drop the Spaniard but it’s encouraging that there is positive pressure being applied from the club’s number two striker. Who knows, he may even start them together.
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