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Jermain Defoe | Forward | #18

Team: Sunderland
Age / DOB:  (34) / 10/7/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 143

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If it wasn't for the one-man-show Jermain Defoe, there's no telling what depths Sunderland would sink to this season.
David Moyes' men could not follow up a promising 2-2 draw with Liverpool in Week 20, instead seeing their winless streak extend to four. But there's no wonder why West Ham have been so keen to sign the veteran forward, who now has 12 goals after his solitary tally against Stoke City on Saturday. The Black Cats gave up three goals in the first 34 minutes at home, which saw fans leaving the stadium before the half-time whistle even sounded, yet Defoe was there to pull one back with his fourth goal in the last three Premier League matches after sending home Donald Love's through ball in the 40th minute. Jan 14 - 12:46 PM
Source: NBC Sports


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Goals from the spot in the first and second half by Jermain Defoe canceled out Liverpool's lead twice, as Sunderland worked hard to earn a point in a 2-2 final.

David Moyes barked at his players in the press following the loss to Burnley two days ago and the club responded by not giving up and canceling out two advantages by the Reds. In the 24th minute, four minute after conceding the opener, Didier Ndong drew a penalty when he cut inside the box and was brought down by Ragnar Klavan. Controversy in the 57th minute when Emre Can looked guilty of handball but the Black Cats weren't given the call. Ironically, another handball, committed by Sadio Mane when he stuck his arm out in the wall of a free kick allowed Sunderland to level the match as Defoe converted again for his 11th goal of the season.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 2 - 12:05 PM

The Sunderland struggle bus has continued down its rocky path with a brutal 4-1 loss to Burnley to close out a forgettable 2016.

The Black Cats will surely welcome the new year with open arms following a humiliating defensive display to their fellow relegation candidates, who was one of the lowest scoring teams in the league entering Saturday. The worst news is their strongest defensive partnership in Lamine Kone and Papy Djilobodji will leave in the next week for the African Cup of Nations. By the 67th minute, Sunderland was behind 4-0, giving up a hat-trick to Andre Gray in a 22-minute span. The only consolation was a 71st-minute goal from Jermain Defoe, his ninth of the season to end a season-long four-match scoring drought. The loss marks the fourth in the last five matches for David Moyes' men.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 12:40:00 PM

The results are starting to turn Sunderland's way, after a rocky start for David Moyes, with a 2-1 win against Leicester City on Saturday.

Star forward Jermain Defoe proved to be the difference maker once again with his insurance goal in the 77th minute to double the Black Cats' lead, slotting it past Ron-Robert Zieler for his eighth goal of the season, after Robert Huth put one into the back of his own net for the game's first goal. While Shinji Okazaki made it close in the end, Moyes' men were able to hold on for their third victory in the last four league matches to put them just one point away from leaving the bottom three. In team news, midfielders Jan Kirchhoff and Seb Larsson both came on at halftime to mark their returns from injury.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 12:12:00 PM

Sunderland AFC found themselves level with Arsenal after a Jermain Defoe goal in the second half, but the Gunners would blow the Black Cats away shortly thereafter, as David Moyes' side continues to struggle.

Today's loss for Sunderland equals them with Manchester City for the worst start in Premier League history after ten games and, while the Black Cats have made a habit of starting slow and hanging on in the top flight, they are digging an especially massive hole this season. After conceding the opening goal inside twenty minutes, they were then hit with injury, as John O'Shea appeared to limp off with a thigh muscle complaint. The Stadium of Light faithful still vocalizes support and a ball that got Duncan Watmore clean through on goal drew a penalty after being tripped by Petr Cech. The cool veteran Defoe blasted home the equalizer on 65 minutes. The defensive were then ripped apart for three goals inside seven minutes, exposing the home side.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 09:40:00 AM

Sunderland will look back on Week 6 as the one that got away after blowing a two-goal lead in a 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace.

Forward Jermain Defoe only continued his red-hot run for Sunderland in 2016 with two goals in the opening hour to give the Black Cats a two-goal lead at home, seemingly assuring the club of its first Premier League win of the season. But the collapse began just one minute after the second goal as Crystal Palace scored three, from Joe Ledley, James McArthur and Chrsitian Benteke, in the last half-hour of the match to sink the hopes of David Moyes' group at the Stadium of Light.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 12:08:00 PM

David Moyes confirms Jermain Defoe will not feature at Loftus Road in the EFL Cup after picking up a knock on Sunday.

Speaking ahead of the clash with Queens Park Rangers Moyes confirmed: "We’ll have to change one or two things, but Jermain won’t go [after taking a kick to the calf]." Even if Defoe was fit, he wouldn’t have featured, as the striker is kept in kid gloves ahead of an important weekend in the Premier League. With Victor Anichebe "not ready to play yet" and Fabio Borini currently side-lined until December, options in attack are limited - teenager Joel Asoro could start if he can recover from the minor injury picked up while playing for Sweden under-21s. Elsewhere, Patrick van Aanholt has been included in the travelling squad. The full-back cited a virus as the possible cause to his late withdrawal at White Hart Lane on the advice of a cardiologist report from the Football Association. Adnan Januzaj is suspended but will return this weekend.
Source: Clubcall
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 07:16:00 AM

Sunderland will have to do without talisman Jermain Defoe up top against Queens Park Rangers in the League Cup on Wednesday.

The veteran forward sustained a knock in a 1-0 loss to Tottenham over the weekend and manager David Moyes expressed hope that resting him against QPR will keep him fresh for the upcoming weekend against Crystal Palace while giving fringe players the chance to start. Said Moyes: "Jermain got a bit of a knock so he won't go to QPR. We need to make sure he's fit for the weekend...Some players need game time but some need a rest, so we will take a good team down but we will make a couple of changes."
Source: Sky Sports
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 06:58:00 AM

Sunderland couldn't manage to get its first win of the season but the Black Cats did earn their first point under David Moyes.

The Scottish manager looked set for his first Premier League win with the club, following the midweek League Cup win against Shrewsbury, after veteran forward Jermain Defoe drew a foul on Southampton defender Jose Fonte in the penalty box in the 80th minute and converted the chance past goalkeeper Fraser Forster for his second goal of the season. But the Black Cats blew the 1-0 lead with just five minutes left in the match after a Jay Rodriguez goal. For Sunderland, Fabio Borini and Lamine Kone returned from injury while Steven Pienaar and Javier Manquillo earned their first starts.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 11:55:00 AM

Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe is currently being assessed after suffering a thigh injury in preseason training.

The club's star forward, who scored a team-high 15 goals in the Premier League last season including 11 in the New Year alone, will have a scan this week and will likely be held out for the remainder of the preseason in order to ensure he is fit for the club's season opener in mid-August. Said first-team coach Robbie Stockdale: "It won’t be a long injury and I’m sure Jermain will be keen to be fit for the first game of the season, and we are as well. At the moment it’s probably too early to say and we don’t think it’s anything serious, but obviously with a player like Jermain you don’t to take any risks.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 06:27:00 PM

At this point last summer Sunderland was on the lookout for a new forward. One year later, the Cats signed the forward they had all along to a new contract.

Jermain Defoe led the club in scoring last season with 15 goals in 33 Premier League games, catching fire at just the right time as he helped Sunderland escape relegation with five goals in the club's last nine matches. The 33-year-old was voted by supporters as the club's Player of the Year and finished the season as the third-highest English goalscorer. The former Toronto FC designated player will now stay at the Stadium of Light through the summer of 2019 after signing a three-year deal.
Fri, Jun 10, 2016 06:55:00 AM

Sunderland waiting until the last possible moment to earn a critical point in the relegation race with a stoppage-time equalizer.

Jermain Defoe proved to be the Black Cats' hero once again after baiting Geoff Cameron into a tackle at the edge of the 18-yard box that was signaled for a penalty. The Premier League veteran stepped to the spot and delivered with a blast into the bottom right corner of the net away from a diving Jakob Haugaard in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time. The goal sealed the 1-1 draw and a point that pulls them one point past Norwich City, who has two games in hand, and into 18th place, just a point behind Newcastle.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Apr 30, 2016 12:14:00 PM

Despite completely overwhelming its opponents, Sunderland could not manage to earn three points at home against West Brom in a 0-0 draw.

The Black Cats took a season-high 22 shots, including seven on target, but West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster denied the relegation candidates on every occasion. Jermain Defoe recorded eight of the shots, but failed to stay in the same form that has carried the club in recent weeks. The only good news from the fixture comes from their first clean sheet in the last 17 Premier League matches. But Sunderland failed to keep up with Norwich City in 17th place after the Canaries defeated Newcastle to pull four points clear of the northeast club, who still has a game in hand.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 12:35:00 PM

Jermaine Defoe scored his twelfth goal of the season to put Sunderland in a position to defeat Newcastle United for the seventh consecutive time, but the Black Cats would concede a late equalizer to settle for a 1-1 draw at St. James' Park.

Defoe was left out of the Starting XI last weekend for Sunderland but managed to score from the bench and you have to think Sam Allardyce wanted the veteran striker's experience present for this crucial derby fight. He had a couple of opportunities to score inside the first twenty minutes but skied one over the bar and hit the outer netting of the near post with his other chance. The goal came just before the break when a Wahbi Khazri corner was sent to Fabio Borini who's shot was stopped by Rob Elliot but the effort to clear the ball out of the area fell to Defoe who smashed home on the volley. The Black Cats had one quality chance in the second half to make it 2-0, but a fine save by Rob Elliot kept Newcastle in it. The Magpies would then go on to find an equalizer with under ten minutes remaining. Younes Kaboul had to exit early with what appeared to be a calf injury and will be assessed during the international break.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Mar 20, 2016 11:39:00 AM

Jermain Defoe missed a few glorious opportunities to score against West Ham but failed to finish any of them as Sunderland missed a chance to climb further above the relegation zone with a 1-0 loss at Boleyn Ground.

It was a rather sloppy contest from both sides, but Sunderland had several chances to at the very least secure a draw had they converted one of their many good looks. Wahbi Khazri had a couple of free kicks from dangerous areas but one was tipped off the bar and the other did not have enough power on it. The real frustration was due to the finishing of Defoe, who was teed up nicely a couple of times but failed to even hit the target. Sunderland remain a point behind Norwich and Newcastle in the relegation battle, and one point today would have kept their spirits up after defeating Manchester United two weeks ago.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Feb 27, 2016 09:51:00 AM