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(apologies to those who posted this earlier, on reflection it deserves a thread of its own given our perceived interest in the past)
I think he's just covering himself by saying he wants to stay. If he says he wants to go, he's putting himself in a corner. Everyone now knows Spurs will listen to offers and if he gets one he likes he can say he felt like he was pushed out and if he stays he can claim he was true to his word. Perfect.
I think he'll probably go to Villa, or Portsmouth at the outside. I'd like to have him back, though. I'd have a lot of respect for anyone who came back after similar circumstances. It would show a tremendous amount of maturity. That said, I don't think he would come back. So it's kind of all academic. Defoe and Ashton would be brilliant together, though, I think.
Yes from the fact he's a goalscorer and we need one at the moment, although i dont know about long-term.
No from the point of view i think he was deliberately getting himself sent off in order to be released by us when relegated. Very dodgy character-wise.
Well I have to admit to be the only one to say yes to date. It would require a considerable dose of humble pie for him to make the move and if he is prepared to do it we should bite the bullet and welcome him. He is better than the realistic alternatives and a partnership between him and Bellamy up front would revive memories of Frankie Mac and Tony Cottee particularly if they could be persuaded to pass to each other. Extremely unlikely to happen in my opinion.
Am of the opinion that players today are chattle in a financially-dominated market, and all our blowing about 'loyalty' is fans pleasing themselves and of little relevance to the players. Sounds a bit soulless but much as we like to 'bond' with players it's best to remember there's a fair amount of bolleaux in this.
I know there will be loads of different opinions from spuds fans, but the two I work with both say they couldn't care less if Defoe left because they think he's too selfish
At the time when Defoe was let go, there was a lot of argument about whether we should sell or not. The key point, being overlooked by some at the time, was whether he wanted to play for the club. The answer was clearly no. Would he want to play for us now ? I'm guessing not, in which case, my answer would be the same......no thanks
Although he is an excellent finisher, I don't see that we need him. I also think he'll be in much the same position with us as he is at the spuds. That is he'll be 4th or 5th choice
I wouldn't be totally anti him, although I know a few whose blood would rapidly reach boiling point at the suggestion of him turning out again in the claret n blue. If I felt he could make a real difference to us, I'd have no real problem with what happened the day after our relegation.
I just don't think he'd be the big cheese with us he feels he should be, at his current club. I'd have Ashton (when 100%), Bellamy and Zamora ahead of him. So that would mean he'll be competing with Cole for the 4th place striker berth. As Cole has more of an all round game, he'll probably prove more useful than Defoe anyway
A useful enough player, but he wouldn't be in the first choice pairing, so moving back to us would be just another sideways step for him
This point is very confusing. Because the question is would you take him, and that relies on him agreeing to come being a given. So saying you wouldn't want him because he wouldn't come doesn't fit with the question, because we're assuming he's agreed to come and therefore the attitude you give as the reason for not wanting him would no longer exist. If you get what I'm saying?
It's like catch 22, but backwards or something.
Was he b*llocks. The sending off at Walsall was a shocking refereeing decision.
I'd have back in an instant. Excellent player who made a few mistakes as a kid but would benefit the West Ham team immensely.
Despite having sung a song to the contrary several times, I have to say I would Defoe is better than Zamora. He'd be in our top three strikers, with not much between them, imo.
Complete myth. Possibly argue the case for the sending off at Gillingham. But not for the other two. The incident at Walsall didn't merit a yellow card let alone a red one.
However, if Ashton and Bellamy are fit Defoe doesn't play. He's already proved he won't settle for the bench without becoming a disruptive arsewipe so why would we be interested? As good as his finishing is I really don't think he is what is required.