Redknapp said: "Every game he has played in he has looked as though he is going to score. So hopefully in this game he can come out and get back on it.
"There is no reason for me why he can't be leading goalscorer this year. It's going to be tight but he's got as good a chance as anybody. We make lots of chances at this club so if he continues to stick them away... well, he's going to get lots of opportunities."
When asked if there is a better poacher than Defoe in England, Redknapp replied: "Of his type no. He's an out-and-out goalscorer. He's a box player. He doesn't get that involved in the build-up play but, when it gets into the box, his finishing - his quickness - puts him right up there with the best."