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Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe heaps misery on broken Crystal Palace

05 Feb
2017

...With thoughts turning to the break, Sunderland again forced open the Palace portcullis. Didier Ndong doubled their lead with a long-range effort after a mistake by Delaney, drilling past Hennessey with a sweet left-footed drive from 25 yards.

Soon after, in possession on the left flank with half-time approaching, Januzaj rolled a weighted ball to Defoe, who curled his low drive across Hennessey’s bows and into the bottom corner.

Seconds later, the incredulous pair combined again, with Defoe turning Tomkins to fire home on the turn and make it 4-0. The travelling support were left as agog as their home counterparts were enraged...

Read full story on The Guardian

Premier League: Tottenham striker Harry Kane reveals how Jermain Defoe shaped his career

04 Feb
2017

Harry Kane has revealed that Jermain Defoe was an inspiration for him when the former West Ham striker moved to Tottenham.

Defoe had already proven his Premier League class when he first sealed a switch to White Hart Lane in 2004, with Kane then on the books of Spurs' youth set-up.

Kane took the opportunity to study Defoe in training and became determined to emulate him, and more than a decade on the 23-year-old has 62 top-flight goals and 17 England caps to his name.

"I used to watch Jermain Defoe train here," Kane, whose Spurs side drew 0-0 against Defoe's Sunderland on Tuesday, told The Daily Mail. "One of the very best. Shoot early. One touch. Through a defender's legs.

 Read more: Yahoo! Sports

View From The Opposition: Big Sam hails 'electric' Defoe

03 Feb
2017

Sam Allardyce has lavished praise on Jermain Defoe ahead of Sunderland’s trip to Crystal Palace, with the former Black Cats boss revealing his admiration for the prolific frontman. Defoe was key during the Palace manager’s time on Wearside, with his goals playing a pivotal role as Big Sam and the Black Cats produced a big run of form to avoid the drop.

And Defoe has been just as deadly during the 2016-17 season, with his impressive haul of 12 Premier League goals taking him fifth in the all-time rankings.

“We have got to mark Defoe,” admitted Allardyce. “That’s my main concern; the wee man is electric. We can’t afford to make one slip tomorrow with that man – he’s so good – one or two chances with Jermain results in a goal normally, so we need to be alert and very sharp in around our own box defensively to try and nullify him.”

Read more on SAFC official website

The Big Interview: Jermain Defoe (SAFC)

02 Feb
2017

safc.com caught up Jermain Defoe earlier today to talk Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and much more.

The striker led from the front on Tuesday evening as his former club were thwarted at the Stadium of Light, with a big game against Crystal Palace coming up this weekend.

Read the interview below to hear Defoe’s thoughts on the upcoming clash and a satisfying stalemate against Spurs.

Jermain, a point last night against Tottenham Hotspur and a very satisfying performance on the whole?

JD: "Yeah, of course. It was a difficult game because they’ve been fantastic this season and they have some very good players. We knew we wouldn’t see too much of the ball but we would have taken a point before the game."

Read full intervie on SAFC: http://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2017/january/the-big-interview-jermain-defoe

Six things we learned from Sunderland’s draw against Spurs – Ndong shows class, as does Defoe

31 Jan
2017

Ndong raced to press the Spurs defence. Nobody followed and the visitors got out of danger easily. Yet the tone was set and his team-mates soon rallied to the Gabonese midfielder, who was a tenacious and influential presence. Bursting past players on the attack, sweeping up at the back, it was a reminder how he has been missed in recent weeks. Growing into the Premier League.

Keeping Defoe the best bit of business this month Sunderland look to have fallen behind their rivals in this month’s transfer market, but keeping Defoe could well prove to be the best business anyone does. Once again feeding off scraps and hopeful long passes, Defoe still had the nous and experience to cause Toby Alderweireld a few problems. Excellent with back to goal, will hurt lesser teams.

Read more at: Sunderland Echo

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