AVB highlights Defoe importance

Jermain Defoe has often struggled to cement his place in the Tottenham starting line-up during his two spells with the club, but the striker has highlighted his importance to the team this season after a sensational run of form.

Already with 10 goals to his name and leading the Spurs’ strike-force under new manager Andre Villas-Boas, Defoe looks critical to the club’s hopes of getting themselves back into that all important top-four, upsetting the Unibet Premier League odds and securing Champions League football in the process.

Laughing off suggestions that Defoe could be set to link up with former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp at QPR, current manager Villas-Boas made it clear the England striker was one of Europe’s finest finishers, comparing him with Atletico Madrid’s Falcao who the coach worked with at Porto.

“I certainly put Jermain alongside Falcao in terms of finishing ability,” insisted Villas-Boas.

“His hunger for goal is extreme. That makes things easier for you to work with because you don’t have to teach a lot.” Continue reading

Brighton in full Bloom

I felt a bit like a wedding crasher.  You know those chaps who sniff out a free party, with free drink and free women revelling on other people’s joy without a care in the world.  That was me.  I was standing by the side of the pitch in a brand new stadium, the sun bathing the whole arena and 16,000 fans saluting heroes from the past as they walked onto the pitch.  And I knew very little of them.

That makes me sound really ungrateful but it could not be further from the truth.  I knew the pain, despair, disappointment and anger Brighton & Hove Albion fans had experienced in the past two decades whilst they tried to find their way home.  I had been at one of the last games at the Goldstone.  A great old fashion ground with real character, assigned to the stadium graveyard in the sky long before its time to make way for a nameless DIY superstore thanks to the greedy owners at the time.  Because people need to have these DIY superstores on their doorstep right? Continue reading