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Arsenal legend Wright: Tottenham striker Defoe as good as Villa

Arsenal legend Ian Wright rates Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe in the same class as Barcelona star David Villa.

In his column for The Sun, Wright wrote: "There is talk about great strikers in Europe, including David Villa, but Jermain is as good - and he is getting better, People don't realise how much effort some players, such as Jermain, put into the game.

"It's not just about turning up for training each day. He is an excellent professional, doesn't drink and he really looks after himself in the gym. He even has pilates equipment at his home.

"As I said, we first met when he came to West Ham. At the time, Harry Redknapp turned to me and said 'Wrighty, he's a mini you.'

"But I always felt Jermain would be a superior player because he is able to hold the ball up and link play better than myself. At West Ham, he used to stay for extra training, with his mum and stepdad watching by the side. We would practise finishing for hours, such was his determination to improve."

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