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  • A Yahoo! User Jun 3, 2008 17:32 Flag

    Defoe...Is he any good?

    Not much b*llsh*t on the transfer carousel this morning but Defoe is telling us all what a great player he has always been so i thought Id open that one to debate.
    His record at Pompey is exceptional (so far) and we all know he had some great games for Spurs....BUT.......does anyone have any real regrets about him leaving? Was he a goal machine not given a chance at WHL or (and this is my opinion) a bit of a waster who missed as many easy chances as he scored spectacular ones? I was sad to see him leave as he gave us something else from the bench....a bit selfish of me I'll admit. I wish him well and hope he doesnt score against next season but I dont think he was consistant enough for us and even 2 goals v T&T didnt seem to impress the pundits the other night.

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    • Is Defoe any good? Average IMO. He's had his goal flurry for Portsmouth and he scored against the mighty Trinidad and Tabago and yes i do forget his goals have saved us in many games in the past but he's always the nearly man. Bit like Crouchy but the opposite ends of the height spectrum


      . Keano is the spurs legend and more consistent. Can draw up most strike partnerships, and always the cog.

    • The team that took the most shots, scored the most goals...the player who took the most shots on the team that scored the most goals...was that teams top goal scorer...point...you're going to miss a bunch to make a few...and that was our JD. Sad to see him go.

    • I think he's better than his play for us suggested. I know everyone says that strikers are confidence players and need a run before they perform, but that's especially true for Defoe. I think if he starts the next 2 or 3 games for England and plays at least one of them through to the final whistle his international form with explode.

      The reason I was angry about Defoe's treatment with us was because Keane could have a shocker (it happens sometimes) and get substituted, Defoe could come on in his place and play a blinder, and this could happen for 4 or 5 games in a row but he still wouldn't get a start. How is a striker supposed to progress and improve their sharpness in those conditions?

      Also, I think the claims that he is selfish are completely off. Sometimes when he was coming off the bench he would go for goal instead of passing to someone in an equal or slightly better position than him, but that was becausae he had to prove himself, and I don't think he did it that often. As the little player he's supposed to be the one who gets into position and takes the punts, and quite often they paid off.

      One thing I wondered about was his working relationship with Berbatov - A few time I noticed that they'd work a play together and Berbs would basically push Defoe away when it came to goal celebration. Not sure what that was about...

    • I think he's better than his play for us suggested. I know everyone says that strikers are confidence players and need a run before they perform, but that's especially true for Defoe. I think if he starts the next 2 or 3 games for England and plays at least one of them through to the final whistle his international form with explode.

      The reason I was angry about Defoe's treatment with us was because Keane could have a shocker (it happens sometimes) and get substituted, Defoe could come on in his place and play a blinder, and this could happen for 4 or 5 games in a row but he still wouldn't get a start. How is a striker supposed to progress and improve their sharpness in those conditions?

      Also, I think the claims that he is selfish are completely off. Sometimes when he was coming off the bench he would go for goal instead of passing to someone in an equal or slightly better position than him, but that was becausae he had to prove himself, and I don't think he did it that often. As the little player he's supposed to be the one who gets into position and takes the punts, and quite often they paid off.

      One thing I wondered about was his working relationship with Berbatov - A few time I noticed that they'd work a play together and Berbs would basically push Defoe away when it came to goal celebration. Not sure what that was about...

    • i agree with you essex, but imo, all players adapt better to certain systems or styles of play, and he seems to have found that system with pompey.

      maybe it's the size of the fish in the pond, i.e. at spurs he was a small fish in a big pond, at pompey he's a big fish in a little pond.

      i don't mean that in a demeaning way to pompey, it was similar to le tissier at southampton.

      but as you say, he misses an awful lot more than he scores, look at the england friendly the other night, i reckon i could've scored more than him! lol ;-)