Defoe has been starting regularly after a great start to the new season.
“Jermain is looking extremely happy,” said Villas-Boas.
“For a striker, goals are absolutely decisive and Jermain has four in the Premier League so he is not far off being the league’s top scorer. But he has been creating so much [as well] that I think he has been immense for the team.”
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
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