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Where does Jermain Defoe rank? The renaissance of a great goalscorer

08 Dec

There’s a wonderful simplicity that characterises Jermain Defoe’s career: a love of playing and a love of scoring goals. It sounds faintly ludicrous – a Premier League striker driven by the desire to find the back of the net. However, what has set Defoe – who, at 34, is still scoring at a remarkable rate for Sunderland – apart from his contemporaries is his insatiable, exploratory appetite for scoring. Defoe, a product of West Ham’s exceptional youth academy emerging at the turn of the millennium, has always been an erudite academic in the fine art of goalscoring. 

While at West Ham, a teenage Defoe would often spend hours alone on the training ground attempting to perfect his shooting technique from every perceptible angle and distance, imagining how opportunities to score may arise, and re-enacting them strenuously. That methodology, honed throughout his 15 years in the game, has helped this fast-talking kid from London become one of the deadliest finishers the Premier League has ever seen.

Read more @ These Football Times

Jermain Defoe deserves huge credit - out-and-out goalscorers are a dying breed, but he's one of them

07 Dec

Columnist Mick Quinn doesn't often praise Sunderland players, but he believes Jermain Defoe has been excellent for the Black Cats

It isn’t very often that you will see me praising Sunderland or any Black Cats players given the fact I am Newcastle United through and through - but Jermain Defoe deserves massive credit. This is me talking very much with my strikers’ union hat on. As a former forward myself, I cannot help but be impressed by the goals Defoe scores. In 14 Premier League appearances this season he has scored eight times - and that’s for a side who are fighting against relegation. ‘Modern-day strikers’ as I like to call them - the likes of Luis Suarez and Alexis Sanchez - run themselves into the ground and can operate as a lone forward. 

But playing two strikers has very much gone out of vogue and the old-fashioned out-and-out goalscorer is becoming a dying art. Yet that’s exactly what Defoe does. He often does very little in a game, but then he pops up with a vital goal. What Defoe brings is priceless. The amount of points he has almost single-handedly won for Sunderland over the past 18 months must be in the 10s. He is that important to them.

His contribution should not be underestimated.

Read more @ Chronicle Live

Jermain Defoe: 'I can score every game'

07 Dec

Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe has said that he believes he can score in "every" game as he looks to steer the Black Cats away from relegation troubles. The 34-year-old has scored eight of his side's 14 league goals this term, including in each of three key wins in the last month to move them within a whisker of safety for the first time.

"I feel good," Defoe told talkSPORT. "It's probably the sharpest and strongest I've felt for a long time. "I feel confident and you believe every chance you get you are going to score. At the minute that's my mindset and I just can't wait until the next game. I feel that every time I play I'm going to score."

Read more @ Sports Mole

Sunderland boss shares what specifically makes Jermain Defoe so dangerous

06 Dec

Black Cats boss David Moyes offered high praise for Jermain Defoe, during an interview with talkSPORT, and shared what he believes makes the hitman so dangerous. The 34-year-old has been a revelation for Sunderland, since his move to the Stadium of Light in 2015, and has gone on to score 30 goals in 68 appearances for the Wearside outfit - a stat made all the more impressive when it is considered how much his side have struggled during that time.

And Moyes discussed Defoe's incredible run of form, when speaking to talkSPORT, citing the English striker's ability to use both feet as one of his key assets: "He is a great goalscorer. He has got great power in his shooting, right or left foot, and overall he gives us a great chance. If you have someone who gets the goals that he does, it gives you a great chance of being in the lead."

'He has been incredible' - LISTEN as David Moyes hails youngster Jordan Pickford as key to Sunderland's revival

06 Dec

David Moyes has praised Jordan Pickford’s ‘incredible’ impact on Sunderland – and backed his young goalkeeper to get even better. The 22-year-old has been in outstanding form in recent weeks to help the Black Cats move off the bottom of the Premier League. His latest heroics came against Leicester on Saturday, with a stunning one-handed stop from a Wes Morgan effort late on ensuring a third victory in four games for his side. Speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT, Moyes said of the home-grown star: “He has been incredible, he really has.

“It is never easy to put in young goalkeepers. In his first game he made a mistake against Southampton which probably cost us a couple of points but since then I can only say he has gained us points. He has been terrific. “He has won us games, he is playing with a great deal of maturity for someone so young and I can only see him getting better as he goes along. “It is great experience for him, being so young and getting the amount of games he is getting at this moment in time.”

Sunderland’s revival has also owed much to a player 12 years Pickford’s senior – Jermain Defoe. The evergreen striker scored his eighth goal of the season in the 2-1 triumph over Leicester and appears to be in better shape than ever, despite recently turning 34.

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