Tottenham Hotspur pair Jermain Defoe and Harry Redknapp have been rewarded for notching four wins out of four to open their Barclays Premier League campaign by being named the Barclays Player and Manager of the Month for August.
Spurs began the season in fine style, defeating Liverpool at White Hart Lane thanks to a Benoit Assou-Ekotto thunderbolt and Sebastien Bassong’s second-half winner.
This was followed by a Jermain Defoe masterclass away at Hull City, where the England forward’s hat-trick was the highlight of a comprehensive 5-1 triumph.
Defoe’s scoring form continued as he grabbed the equaliser in the next game, away at West Ham United, with Redknapp’s side coming from behind to win courtesy of Aaron Lennon’s late winner.
The North London club preserved their 100 percent record in August in dramatic fashion, as a last-gasp Lennon winner saw off newly promoted Birmingham City 2-1.
Peter Crouch’s opener was cancelled out by a close-range Lee Bowyer effort before the diminutive winger’s late clincher.
This is the first time that Defoe has won the award. He is the first Spurs recipient of the prize since forward pair Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov jointly scooped the honour in April 2007.
"It's always nice to get the Manager of the Month award, but it's all about the players and the staff. They've all worked hard for me so it's a team effort," said Redknapp.
"He [Defoe] looks, strong, quick, more powerful than he has in the past and it's paying dividends for him.
"Everytime the ball arrives to him anywhere around the box he looks like he's going to score.
"It's a nice feeling to have as a manager."
Redknapp is celebrating his sixth Barclays Manager of the Month honour, a total surpassed only by Sir Alex Ferguson (with 23) and Arsene Wenger (10).
The decision was made by the Barclays Awards Panel, which includes representatives from football’s governing bodies, the media and fans.comments