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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep, 21, 2007

Jol offers praise but no promises to Defoe

Martin Jol hailed Jermain Defoe as the finest finisher in England following two goals against Anorthosis Famagusta last night - but the Tottenham boss could not guarantee him a place in his starting XI on Sunday.

Defoe has not started a game this season and was not even on the bench against Arsenal at the weekend, but he made an instant impact when brought on in the first leg of the UEFA Cup first-round clash.

He chipped home with his first touch before sealing a 6-1 win at White Hart Lane by finding the top corner in stoppage time. It puts him in contention to face Bolton this weekend but Jol also has Robbie Keane, Darren Bent and Dimitar Berbatov.

'Jermain is the best finisher in the league around the box,' said Jol. 'But Robbie Keane is probably our top scorer over the last two years and there are another two strikers. I'm very happy that they are here.

'There is no guarantee for any player. I will look at each game separately. Bolton is a different game.'

Younes Kaboul got the ball rolling with a fifth-minute header from a corner, then Michael Dawson, Keane and Bent grabbed goals just before half-time.

Defoe, who has been urged by Jol to show his commitment to Spurs by signing a new contract, grabbed his goals after coming on as a 63rd-minute replacement.

'That is the reason why we want to keep Jermain Defoe here,' Jol added.

Famagusta grabbed a consolation through Anton Zlogar but Spurs were never in danger of defeat and eased to their second win of the season.

Their dismal start to the campaign had Jol tipped to be the first top-flight managerial casualty, but Jose Mourinho's shock departure from Chelsea meant the 'Special One' takes that title this year.

'I felt a bit sad,' Jol said. 'I don't know the ins and outs but I thought this fella was the jewel in the crown.

'He gave everybody a lot of excitement but he gave Chelsea a lot as well.'

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