Tottenham club legend Gary Mabbutt has implored Jose Mourinho to bring Jermain Defoe back to North London to fill the boots of Harry Kane while he recovers from injury.
Spurs were recently rocked by the news that England’s number nine would require surgery on a hamstring injury that is expected to rule him out until April at the earliest.
The injury immediately prompted mass speculation as to whether Mourinho would dip into the market to offset the blow, with AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek seemingly the number one target.
Former Spurs striker Darren Bent looked closer to home when discussing a replacement by mentioning Southampton’s in-form frontman Danny Ings, but now Gary Mabbutt has declared that Defoe should be the man to fill the void.
Speaking to Love Sport Radio (via Goal.com), Mabbutt said: “You can’t just go into a panic buy just because your star player is going to be out for two or three months, because when that player comes back the competition is going to be even greater.
“The player coming in may not want that. Ideally, you’d bring back in Jermaine Defoe on loan just to cover that area.”
Defoe is currently in the midst of an 18-month loan with Rangers and has been a key component in what has thus far been a thrilling title race between the two big Glasgow clubs.
The viability of signing a player currently on loan would seem problematic, but money often talks in the end.
News of Piatek’s arrival at Spurs was prematurely reported by The Sun recently, but all hope of the move materialising is not lost.
Mabbutt believes the Poland international could be a perfect fit for Jose Mourinho owing to his attributes as a “classic number nine.”
“I’ve seen Piatek a number of times, he’s a classic number nine,” he said. “He’s brave, he’s good in the air, scores with both feet. His control and first touch are good, he’s strong and he scores goals.”