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Tottenham Hotspur icon Jermain Defoe: “I could still play now”

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Former Tottenham man Jermain Defoe claims he could still do a job on the field

The illustrious career of Jermain Defoe and his enduring passion for football have made him a revered figure in the sport, and his recent revelation about his longevity and readiness to continue playing at the top level has sparked some talk.

Despite retiring from professional football in 2022, Defoe’s belief in his ability to compete with today’s footballers, coupled with his remarkable track record, highlights his enduring commitment to the game. His recent declaration that he’s still got the chops to play top-level football at the ripe age of 41 has certainly raised a few eyebrows and sparked some playful banter among football enthusiasts. The former Tottenham Hotspur star, who boasts an impressive career tally of 140 goals for the club, seems to believe he could still cut it on the pitch, even if he’s more likely to see himself on the sidelines these days.

In his heyday, Defoe’s lightning-quick movement and deadly finishing made him a nightmare for defenders, and he’s not shy about suggesting he could still give today’s youngsters a run for their money. While his confidence is commendable, let’s be real—finding a spot in Ange Postecoglou’s starting XI at Tottenham might be a bit of a stretch for our seasoned striker.

Former Tottenham man Jermain Defoe claims he could still do a job on the field.
Jermain Defoe was a player and a half.

Here is what Defoe had to say via Football London:

“I could still play now,”

“In 2022 I returned to Sunderland for a second spell. It was supposed to be a perfect farewell due to my bond with the club and fans. I went there to play and the Sunderland fans wanted to see me score goals, not get a hamstring injury. So I stopped.”

Jermain, can you play now? Defoe Not!

However, it’s not all doom and gloom for Defoe. Ange Postecoglou’s style of play, with its emphasis on attacking football and dynamic movement, does bear some resemblance to the fast-paced game that Defoe thrived in during his prime. His knack for finding space in the box and poaching goals could still come in handy, albeit perhaps more as a super-sub than a regular starter.

Picture this: it’s the dying minutes of a crucial match, and Tottenham are desperate for a goal. Who better to call upon than Jermain Defoe, the seasoned veteran with a nose for goal? With his sharp instincts and eye for opportunity, he could be just the spark needed to turn the tide in Tottenham’s favour.

Former Tottenham man Jermain Defoe claims he could still do a job on the field.
Coach J.

And let’s not forget the intangible value Defoe brings to the table. His wealth of experience and leadership qualities could prove invaluable in the dressing room, providing guidance and mentorship to the younger generation of players. Plus, imagine the buzz among fans if Defoe were to don the Lilywhite jersey once again—it would be a real blast from the past!

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So while it’s unlikely we’ll see Defoe leading the line for Tottenham week in and week out, there’s no denying that he still holds a special place in the hearts of Spurs fans everywhere. And who knows? With a bit of luck and some tactical magic from Postecoglou, we might just see Defoe take to the pitch. An injury to Richarlison might be what it takes for JD to return.

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