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Ferdinand backs Defoe

Tottenham coach Les Ferdinand believes it is only a matter of time before Jermain Defoe finally scores his first Barclays Premier League goal of the season.

Defoe scored 28 times for Spurs last year, but has struggled so far this term, finding that net just five times in a campaign that has been blighted by an ankle injury that kept him out for almost three months.

"There is a lot of rotation going on these days so players are in and out of the side and they are looking for that level of consistency and once you get that first goal you tend to go on a run," Ferdinand told Sky Sports News.

Defoe is yet to open his account in the Premier League and his last goal for the club came two months ago in the 3-0 FA Cup win over npower League One side Charlton.

But Ferdinand, who has regular contact with Defoe in his role as Tottenham's forwards coach, thinks the 28-year-old will soon be among the goals.

"People have talked about Jermain Defoe not scoring many goals this season but he was out for three months," Ferdinand said.

"He struggled to find his groove again like Wayne Rooney struggled for most of the season, then all of a sudden he scored and went on a run. That's what happens to strikers."

Defoe's strike partners Roman Pavlyuchenko and Peter Crouch have also fared poorly in the league, bagging just eight goals between them, but Ferdinand is confident that they will start scoring again soon.

"Peter has saved his goals for the Champions League this season. He has done pretty well in that competition," Ferdinand added.

"We'd all like him to get better in the Premier League but I'm sure that will come. We are not too worried about it because the rest of the team are scoring and as long as the rest of the team are scoring then the team will win games."

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