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Jermain Defoe. Photo: Reuters/Dylan Martinez

Jermain Defoe. Photo: Reuters/Dylan Martinez

Jermain Defoe. Photo: Reuters/Dylan Martinez

MOUSA Dembele admits Tottenham will miss Jermain Defoe when he leaves, but the midfielder is confident that the north London club are set for a strong finish under Tim Sherwood.

Sherwood made it four wins from a possible five in the Premier League on Saturday when his Tottenham team beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at White Hart Lane.

Christian Eriksen put Spurs ahead, but it was Toronto-bound Defoe who ultimately settled the match, firing home from inside the Palace box 15 minutes after his introduction as a second-half substitute.

Spurs confirmed on Friday that Defoe will leave White Hart Lane for Toronto FC at the end of February.

The 31-year-old, for whom Toronto will pay more than £8million, has been a peripheral figure at Tottenham this season, but Dembele is still not looking forward to seeing the player depart.

"For us he's very important. I think everyone knows his quality and of course we will miss him, for sure," the midfielder said.

"It was nice for him to score, though."

Spurs looked unlikely to claim what turned out to be their fifth home win of the campaign after a poor showing in the first half.

 

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Palace should have gone ahead in the eighth minute when Dembele clattered into Marouane Chamakh inside the Spurs box.

Referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot, but Jason Puncheon failed miserably from 12 yards, blasting his effort high and wide of goal.

Dembele admits Spurs need to up their game in the coming weeks against better opposition if they are to maintain their push for Champions League qualification.

The Belgian said: "Against other teams we would have lost the game."

Still, with Spurs having dropped just two points from their five league games under Sherwood, Dembele thinks Tottenham are looking good in their quest for Champions League football.

Dembele has been impressed with the 44-year-old.

"He gives us a lot of confidence," Dembele said of Sherwood.


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