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Defoe backing Villas-Boas to turn Tottenham fortunes around

Jermain Defoe remains confident that new Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas, will succeed despite failing to oversee a league victory in three attempts so far. "Obviously as a player when you join a new club it takes a while and when a new manager comes in it takes time.

"We've got a good squad, a strong squad, and I think we'll be fine.

"It's only normal that a new manager comes in with new ideas and a new formation.

"We're playing a different style this year. It's going to take time but when we adapt it will be fine."

The former West Ham striker ended speculation linking him with a move away White Hart Lane in the transfer window by agreeing a new three-year deal.

"I'm a lot more settled as a player," he added. "You're not sure what's going on, you could get called to say that a fee's been agreed for you to move elsewhere.

"I feel a lot more settled and I'm just getting on with playing well for my club.

"When you know you've actually signed a contract then you can focus and get down to work.

"It feels like it's a new start for everyone and when you do get a start you have to impress the manager to stay in the team."

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