Ramos: No pecking order for strikers at Spurs

December 10, 2007

Juande Ramos has not given Jermain Defoe a full game since his appointment as head coach at Tottenham - but he insists there is no pecking order of strikers at White Hart Lane.

Defoe came off the bench to grab the late winner in yesterday's 2-1 win over Manchester City, his first strike under Ramos and a goal that reopened the debate over why he sees such little action.

Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov appear to be the first-choice pair for Ramos, and Darren Bent has been given two starts in the last week without making an impact.

Even with Keane suspended for another two matches, Ramos cannot guarantee Defoe a run of games. The 25-year-old was named in the XI of Ramos' first Premier League match in charge of Spurs but has not started since.

'There's no one, two, three or four in order,' said Ramos. 'We simply have four centre-forwards to play in two positions so two can play each game and two have to sit it out.

'Obviously we now only have three forwards to choose from so the minutes will get shared around, mathematically he has more chance of playing.'

Defoe has insisted he is happy at White Hart Lane but is yet to sign the new deal Spurs have talked about, with chairman Daniel Levy fearing losing the striker for nothing as they did with Sol Campbell.