Jermain Defoe returns to Tottenham Hotspur as an academy coach and club ambassador
Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe has officially returned to Spurs as a member of the academy coaching staff and a club ambassador. The official Tottenham Twitter account disclosed the 39-year-old’s appointment.
Defoe previously had two separate spells as a player with Spurs. In the 39-year-old’s first spell, he joined the club in the winter window of 2004. He was an important part of the Lilywhites and spent four years at the club before leaving for Portsmouth in 2008.
A year later, the former England international returned to Tottenham. The striker spent another five years as an important part of various Spurs sides.
We are delighted to announce that Jermain Defoe has returned to the Club as a member of our Academy coaching staff and Club Ambassador.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 12, 2022
Welcome back, @IAmJermainDefoe 💙
Defoe has also had spells at Toronto FC, Sunderland, AFC Bournemouth and Rangers. The 39-year-old has had an extensive career in football and has made an impact wherever he’s played.
We have some brilliant youngsters in Alfie Devine, Dane Scarlett, Nile John and Jamie Donley, among others, who are part of the next set of prospects to emerge from the successful youth teams of Tottenham.
The likes of Harry Kane and Peter Crouch emerged from the academy. The two strikers have made a mark in world football, especially the current England captain.
Kane has set the standards high for our youngsters. The 29-year-old persevered throughout his initial career. But when he got a chance to break into the first team, the centre-forward took it with both hands. Now, he’s one of our best players.
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Defoe is someone a lot of people look up to. So the 39-year-old’s incorporation seems to be a wise move on Spurs’ part. Moreover, youngsters can learn from the experience the striker has amassed in his career.