2013/14 English Premier League
A loan spell at Bournemouth in the old Second Division during the 2000-01 season saw him match a post-war record of scoring in ten consecutive matches and he showed similar qualities when granted his chance by the Hammers. Their relegation in 2002-03 eventually saw him sold the following January to Tottenham where he enjoyed intermittent gluts of goalscoring before eventually losing his place to the partnership of Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov.A move to Portsmouth in January 2008 proved fruitful in terms of goals before he was then sold back to Spurs twelve months on for a considerable profit. However, as a result of the timing of his moves between the clubs, he missed out on a 2007-08 FA Cup winner's medal with Pompey by virtue of being cup-tied, having previously missed out on Spurs' Carling Cup win the same season despite playing in every round bar the final. Strengths: A quick-thinking striker who matches a poacher's instinct with a thunderous shot from long range. An impact player from the bench who can profit from tiring defenders. Weaknesses: Defoe has long been accused of not being able to play a bigger part in holding the ball up and being too selfish in possession. Career high: Scoring five goals in a single game as Tottenham ran riot to beat Wigan 9-1 in November 2009. Career low: Being omitted from Sven Goran Eriksson's 23-man England squad for World Cup 2006. Style: Pacy, instinctive, self-assured, a confidence player Quotes: "He looks stronger than I have ever seen him and I have known him since he was 14. He has done a lot of work in the gym in the summer and he looks even more explosive." Harry Redknapp, August 2009 Trivia: Defoe is a one-time paramour of David Beckham's sister Joanne.
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