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Defoe: My dream year

Posted on 30 December 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Jermain Defoe won't forget 2004 in a hurry - we take a look at the newly-crowned Members Club Player of the Year's incredible first 12 months at Spurs.


The 22-year-old admits things couldn't have gone better in 2004 from his move to the Lane in January to his first England call in May, first England goal in September and first hat-trick for us in December.


There has been on current theme throughout the year - goals. Jermain's cracker against Palace on Tuesday was his 15th of the season in all competitions, 10th in the Barclays Premiership and 22nd of 2004, 23 if you include that England goal.


"It's been an amazing year and things have happened so quickly," reflected Jermain.


"At the start of this season I said I wanted to score as many goals as I can and stay in that top scorers chart.


"That's happened but I want to keep focussed and make sure I'm still there at the end of the season.


"Hopefully we'll be right up there as well but there is a long way to go.


"One thing is for sure - teams know when it comes to playing us it's a difficult game. We are a strong side who play football and we've got goalscorers in the team in myself, Fredi and Robbie."


2004...DEFOE'S DREAM YEAR...


January - Joined us from West Ham in January transfer window. The striker signed on a five-year deal for a fee of £6m, with a further £1m based on appearances. "It is a good opportunity for me to be back in the Premiership, it is where I want to be and I am looking forward to the challenge," he said on signing.

February - Scored on debut against Portsmouth and bagged four goals in his first three matches. After a scoring against Leicester, his former West Ham team-mate and ex-Spur Les Ferdinand said: "Jermain's an exceptional talent and if he goes to the European Championships England will be all the better for it."


March - No goals but made an impressive England debut as a substitute in the friendly against Sweden. England boss Sven Goran Eriksson said: "I knew before he is a very big talent and in the future he will be physically stronger as well. As you can see he knows where the goal is and I liked what I saw."


April - Back on the scoresheet against Manchester City. After playing Chelsea, his former team-mate Joe Cole stated: "He's a top striker, one of the best in the country and he can go as far as he wants in the game."


May - Scored in our final two league games of the season and is tipped to make Euro 2004. Jamie Redknapp backed him all the way. "He is sharp, he was a great signing and is a good player I've got my fingers crossed that he will be going to Euro 2004. He is such a great finisher, so let's hope he does go as it would be good for him and good for the club as well."

June - Second England cap against Iceland but agonisingly named as 'first reserve' in England squad travelling to European Championships. Went with squad to pre-tournament training camp but didn't make the final cut.

July - Back from summer break and on fire with a host of goals in pre-season friendlies.

August - Took that form into the Barclays Premiership with a goal in our opener against Liverpool and followed up against West Brom and Birmingham. Blues boss Steve Bruce is a big fan. "He's sharp, quick, elusive, he has all the attributes and I'm sure if het gets an international call and gets in there regulalrly, he'll have a big, big future." Third England cap against Ukraine.


September - Jermain's dream comes true as he scored his first England goal in a key World Cup qualifying win in Poland. "It's something I've been waiting for all my life and when it happened it was a dream come true," he said. England boss Sven Goran Eriksson added: "It couldn't have been much better for Defoe's debut. He played very well and created chances. He is a great talent, not only that but a great player and he will score goals." Also played against Austria. Relatively quiet month at Spurs with one goal against Oldham.


October - Two more England caps but just the two Spurs goals in the League Cup win at Bolton.


November - Back on song with goals in three successive Spurs games - including belter against Arsenal. Scored four in total in the month and another England cap in Spain.


December - Most prolific month to date with five goals including his first hat-trick for us against Southampton. Caps his year by being named Members Club Player of the Year. Also named BBC London's Young Footballer of theYear.