He may have now left Tottenham Hotspur for the MLS, but Jermain Defoe had plenty to say about his former club when asked about their new manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Defoe will come up against his former side when they face his new club Toronto later today, and the England international believes the ex-Southampton boss has made an excellent impression on his new players.
In quotes published by the London Evening Standard, Defoe said, “Speaking to the lads, they love him already. They say training is really sharp, with a lot of pressing.
“With the players they have got with Tottenham, and with that manager, I think they will do well.”
Defoe has excelled since moving to Toronto, scoring seven goals in just eight appearances as well as providing three assists in that time.
And while some feel he could still be doing a job at White Hart Lane, it is now up to the players he left behind to ensure they implement Pochettino’s style of play, in the hope of challenging in what is likely to be the toughest Premier League campaign to date.
With Chelsea and Arsenal strengthening considerably, Manchester United tipped to do the same and Newcastle United quietly building a very impressive starting XI, Tottenham will not find it easy.
But under Pochettino, they have a manager who can take them back into the European elite in time; which is something Defoe believes he will have.
“There have been a lot of managers come and go,” the striker said, “but I think this one is here to stay.”