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COMING UP TWO YEARS

Posted on 27 January 2006  - 12:00

It is almost two years since Jermain Defoe winged his way into the Lane from West Ham - the little hitman has been delighted to be part of huge changes at the Club since then.

It is almost two years since Jermain Defoe winged his way into the Lane from West Ham - the little hitman has been delighted to be part of huge changes at the Club since then.

Jermain’s arrival in the January transfer window of 2004 signalled the start of our policy of bringing young, mainly British talent to Spurs.

Paul Robinson was next in May 2004 followed by Michael Carrick and Calum Davenport. Michael Dawson and Andy Reid joined in January 2005 and then Wayne Routledge, Aaron Lennon, Tom Huddlestone and Jermaine Jenas strode into Spurs Lodge last summer.

Jermain has welcomed them all with open arms. "When I first signed we still had the likes of Poyet, Ziege, Anderton, Mauricio Taricco and Jamie Redknapp and it was great for me to have that experience around.

"Since then we’ve had the younger players coming in - the likes of JJ, Aaron, Tom, Michael Carrick and Wayne. It’s been a massive change really.

"We have a strong squad, competition for places and a lot of young players who are determined to do well.

"We’re fourth in the league, it’s going well and we’ve a chance of achieving something, so we need to keep it going.

"I never used to look at the table before but it’s hard not to now!

"We’re right up there and I think we can stay there. Every game is massive now and we believe we can get points out of every game. The spirit is great and I just hope we can keep it going."

Jermain was an instant hit with a goal on his debut against Portsmouth on February 7, 2004 following his switch from the Hammers.

The goals have continued to flow since then - 34 in 83 games in all competitions - and Jermain became the first striker to crack the 20-goal mark last season since Teddy Sheringham and Chris Armstrong both did it back in 1995-96.

However, following such a successful campaign, the 23-year-old has found it tougher this term as he battles it out with Robbie Keane for a starting place alongside Mido.

"When you are a striker and you are scoring goals there is nothing better," he said. "When you are not scoring it can get you down but you have to be confident and keep going.

"In training I’ve done the same things, I’m working hard and I always stay for some more shooting because I know I will benefit from that, it’s good for me and good for the team - if I score goals I know we’ll win games. I’ve always had that hunger and desire since I was young.

"I’m confident the goals will come and I’m sure once I get one I’ll be up and running. I’ll keep going, keep getting in the positions and when the goals come I’ll enjoy them."