Tottenham’s struggle to complete the signing of Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has opened the door for Jermain Defoe to have a way back into the first-team.

Tottenham star set to benefit as Spurs struggle to sign Manchester City striker

The England international is currently on compassionate leave after the death of his cousin, just weeks after his father passed away.

“Obviously there was an interest in Ade but we have a need first for Jermain to get back from his personal tragedy for the team to have further options in the striker position,” Villas-Boas admitted.

“We are still building a team. The team can improve and we are looking to improve it.

“This is obviously not the final product and as we go through August we have to get the right perspective as to where we can improve and where we will arrive.”