Defoe backs Spurs team-mate to make impact

The Russian striker has long admitted that he is keen on leaving White Hart Lane.

“I’ve always said when you have good players you don’t want to let them go,” he said in the Sunday Mirror.

“It showed the other week (against Leeds) when he came on – it was a fantastic finish and that’s what he’s about.

“He’s a world-class striker so if we can keep him it’s good for the club.

“It’s difficult for Pav. It’s important to stay professional but at times it’s difficult when you’re not playing.

“I understand because I went through a time at Spurs when I wasn’t in the team and it’s difficult.

“He’s a fantastic lad and is still a fantastic player.”