Monday 06 January 2014

On this day in 2009: Defoe returns to White Hart Lane

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Jermain Defoe rejoining Spurs from Portsmouth

  • Jermain Defoe scored his first goal after rejoining Spurs against his old club Portsmouth

  • The England striker is presented on the White Hart Lane pitch after his January move

  • Defoe scored 18 goals in the 2009/10 campaign as Spurs qualified for the Champions League

  • In the 2013/14 season, he became Spurs' top scorer in European football, with 22 goals

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

6 January 2009 - Defoe leaves Pompey to rejoin Tottenham Hotspur

Jermain Defoe returned to Tottenham Hotspur after less than a year at Portsmouth – making the same journey that Spurs boss Harry Redknapp undertook just over two months earlier.

Defoe joined Pompey when they were managed by Redknapp, who signed the striker for the second time in 12 months.

Redknapp said: "This is the third club I have signed him for and I know what a top-class player he is. He is a proven goalscorer and I am pleased to have him here. I am sure the supporters are looking forward to seeing him back in a Spurs shirt."

Defoe signed a five-year contract at White Hart Lane and said: "I enjoyed my time at Portsmouth immensely but I can't deny that Harry Redknapp's departure as manager hit me hard particularly because he was the primary reason why I joined in the first place and said so at the time.

"I enjoy being around him because he brings the best out of me and that is all you can ask for from a manager."

Defoe scored 17 goals in 36 matches for Pompey and chairman Daniel Levy said: "We are delighted to welcome Jermain back. I know the club is close to his heart."

He made his second Spurs debut in a 1-0 defeat at Wigan Athletic and a week later played and scored against Portsmouth at White Hart Lane – a result which lifted his new club out of the relegation zone.

Since then, he has made nearly 200 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur – with nearly a third of his Barclays Premier League matches coming as a substitute. During his second spell at the club, he helped Spurs qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 2010.

He also became the club's record goalscorer in European competitions – converting a penalty against Sheriff Tiraspol in a Europa League tie in November 2013 to break Martin Chivers' 22-goal haul.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Jermain Defoe returned to Spurs for a second spell after leaving Portsmouth