Tottenham youngster Aramide Oteh says he wants to emulate Jermain Defoe

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A teenage Tottenham Hotspur striker has an interesting goal-scoring hero.

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Aramide Oteh has admitted he likes to watch former Spurs striker Jermain Defoe as he bids to make a similar impact of his own one day.

Defoe now plays for Sunderland but he previously turned out 357 times for Tottenham, scoring 138 goals in the process, and Oteh has admitted in an interview with the club’s official website that he still keeps a close eye on the former England international.

The 17-year-old was taking part in a question-and-answer session for tottenhamhotspur.com and when asked what player he would like to emulate, Oteh said, “I like to watch footage of different strikers on YouTube and assess their different skills. Mainly I like to watch Jermain Defoe.”

If Oteh can ultimately match Defoe’s goal-scoring achievements at White Hart Lane he will have had a fine career, but the teenager will know he has a very long way to go.

Tottenham have many exciting young players coming through the ranks now and while excitement is understandably high fans should also note that only a few will ultimately make it in Spurs’ senior side.

If Oteh takes what he has learned by watching others and puts it into practice, he could yet make that list.

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