Jermain Defoe claims YouTube is secret to his success

Posted on November 28, 2009


Tonight Tottenham travel to Aston Villa, who must surely have witness Spurs’ awesome display last Sunday when they thrashed lacklustre Wigan 9-1 at White Heart Lane. England striker Jermain Defoe scored five goals against Wigan in that game, including a seven minute hat-trick, which should have Aston Villa trembling with fear for tonight’s game.

Despite his success, Defoe was quick to thank those who helped him become the prolific goal-scorer that he is today; namely Alan Shearer, Andy Cole and Tottenham legend Clive Allen… at least, videos of them on YouTube.

Just like Newcastle United’s Argentine striker Jonas Gutierrez, Defoe has been scouring YouTube, not on a fact finding mission about opponents, but in search of inspiration.

Defoe has watched goals by the greats of the game, including Clive Allen, on YouTube to inspire his own performances on the pitch, and he says it worked against Wigan:

Every day in training for about 20 minutes a few of the boys stay behind with Les Ferdinand and Clive Allen. I watched some of Clive’s goals the other day on YouTube and it’s important to do that to learn.

And to be mentioned in the same breath as Cole and Shearer is brilliant. You mention names like Andy Cole, I have his video at home. Same with Alan Shearer. I still go on YouTube and watch their goals.

A lot of young footballers can learn a lot from YouTube, as Jermain Defoe has done, although it might be best if Aston Villa’s players don’t spend too long watching clips of Spurs’ 9-1 drubbing of Wigan before tonight’s game.

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