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Team: Sunderland
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/7/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 143

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Jermain Defoe scored three and Jack Rodwell scored two but it wasn't all good news as Sunderland conceded three to League Two Exeter in Capital One Cup action.
Sunderland are through and have their first official win of the 2015-16 season in any meaningful competition but there's as much bad news as good. Conceding three goals to a League Two side won't exactly give Dick Advocaat confidence that it will be worth spending the rest of the season at the Stadium of Light. If the Black Cats face yet another managerial transition it's hard to see them staving off relegation for the fourth consecutive season. Aug 25 - 6:23 PM

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Jermain Defoe equalized Bafetimbi Gomis' first half goal and it was enough to secure a point for the struggling Black Cats.

Sunderland needed a result of any kind in the worst way and picking up a point against previously undefeated Swansea will help stem the depression that had been setting in at the Stadium of Light.
Aug 22 - 1:44 PM

Jermain Defoe strikes twice against former club Toronto, giving us a glimpse at what we can expect from Sunderland next season…

Jermain Defoe came back to haunt former club Toronto with two goals in five second half minutes, in the final match of their pre-season tour. Toronto had taken the lead at the start of the second half, but two typically sharp finishes saw the tour close on a high. The Black Cats set up in a 4-4-2 formation, with Defoe up front with Steven Fletcher. Lee Cattermole and Jack Rodwell anchored the midfield with Seb Larsson wide right and Adam Johnson on the left. Brad Jones and new recruit Adam Matthew’s shared the right-back duties, playing a half each. With veterans Wes Brown and John O’Shea at center-back and Patrick van Aanholt at left-back. Looking ahead, we can expect Sebastien Coates and Younes Kaboul to come into the center of defense and Jeremain Lens to replace Adam Johnson on the left, or perhaps Fletcher if Dick Advocaat reverts back to the 4-3-3 that he ended last season with.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 23 - 5:24 AM

Jermain Defoe got the chance to face his former club Toronto FC and made the most of it, bagging a brace as Sunderland won their friendly on Canadian soil, 1-2.

The match would have been all the more intriguing if former Black Cat Jozy Altidore was available for Toronto but Defoe did well to grab all the drama for himself. The first half had little action in terms of goal scoring opportunities, but things certainly got physical for a supposed friendly. Toronto would score first, just a minute into the second half. Defoe, who started the game, was still in on the 62nd minute when he leveled the match with a strike from the top of the box. Four minutes later, he gave Sunderland the lead and for good, when Steven Fletcher picked him out for a simple tap in. Defoe will probably be the minutes leader at the forward position for Sunderland this season and has an established nose for goal. He makes for a decent 2nd striker option in draft leagues and will probably have a run of form at some point this season that gets his named talked about in circles.
Jul 22 - 10:30 PM

Sunderland have tabled a bid of £8 million for Dynamo Kiev striker Jeremain Lens…

Boss Dick Advocaat is desperate to boost his attack after a dire season in the PL. Only relegated Burnley scored fewer goals last season, with Sunderland failing to score in a staggering 17 of their 38 matches (45%). Jermain Defoe arrived in January with only partial success – his wonder goals v rivals Newcastle will be seen as a pivotal moment in their survival, but was one of only four from his 17 matches. Likewise, neither Darren Fletcher, Danny Graham nor Conor Wickham has ever looked capable of scoring regularly in the PL. Advocaat knows his country man Lens from their days at PSV Eindhoven – where he hit 34 goals in 96 appearances, before joining Dynamo Kiev where he has enjoyed league and cup success in the last two seasons. The Black Cats will need more than Lens to compete next season but the Dutch International will be a good start.
Source: The Mirror
Jun 27 - 8:16 AM

Sunderland are preparing to smash their transfer record with a £15 million bid for Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum…

Dick Advocaat has a reported £50 million to spend this summer and is happy to commit around £15m of it to securing PSV Eindhoven’s Wijnaldum. The Sunderland boss is looking to lighten the load on striker Jermain Defoe by adding goals to his team and also flair to his midfield and the Dutch number 10 ticks both boxes. He is a full international with 19 caps and had an outstanding season in the Eredivisie - voted Player of the Year (ahead of Manchester United’s new £31 million signing Memphis Depay). Wijnaldum is also on the radar of number of other PL clubs including local rivals Newcastle – and was even rumored to be following Depay to Old Trafford. But Sunderland and hoping that the link-up with his countryman Advocaat will tip the balance in their favor.
Source: The Mirror
Jun 23 - 5:46 AM

Dick Advocaat has reversed course and decided to stick around at the Stadium of Light for the 2015-16 season after previously indicating that he wasn't interested in managing any longer at the club level.

Apparently, when faced with the prospect of having her husband knocking around the house all day, every day, Mrs. Advocaat decided that maybe another year as the wife of a manager wasn't such a bad thing. Whatever the real reason, Dick Advocaat has changed his mind and has agreed to manage Sunderland for the upcoming season. Things improved slightly for the Black Cats after his arrival and he helped them to survival but we've seen this story before and Advocaat will have to do a much better job than his predecessors, Gus Poyet and Paolo Di Canio, who also boasted dramatic relegation battle wins before flaming out within a year.
Jun 4 - 10:50 AM

A glorious first half stoppage time goal by Jermain Defoe was all Sunderland needed to grab three points in the Tyne-Wear derby, as Dick Advocaat picked up his first win as manager in the 1-0 final.

What a weekend for the bottom of the table as Sunderland, Leicester and QPR all picked up wins and made things very interesting indeed as we enter the final weeks. And what a weekend for fantastic goals as Defoe adds his name to a long list of memorable strikes. He struck a curving, dipping volley with absolute precision from just outside the box and all Tim Krul could do was grab at air. The Black Cats were the better side throughout as Defoe and Connor Wickham were on the ball and creating chances regularly. Luckily for them, they were up against a Magpie side that simply aren't a goal threat without Papiss Cisse. Sunderland will look to build off the long-awaited win and try to stay above the relegation zone as the season wears down.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 5 - 1:07 PM

Sunderland have appointed Dick Advocaat as their new manager until the end of the season.

Advocaat was the bookies favourite and it has taken less than 24 hours for their prediction to come true. The former Holland boss takes over with Sunderland just one point above the Premier League relegation zone and he will be looking to make an instant impact on the squad ahead of this weekend's clash with West Ham. Gus Poyet's sacking on Monday came after a run of just one victory in 12 Premier League games, with Saturday's crushing 4-0 home defeat to Aston Villa proving the final nail in the coffin.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 17 - 5:51 AM

Jermain Defoe has failed to score in his past four Premier League games as Sunderland continue to struggle.

It had all started so well for Defoe on his return to the Premier League, scoring two goals in his first three matches as Sunderland finally start putting points on the board, but it's been all downhill since with two draws, two defeats and one goal scored by the entire team. Since Week 24 the ex-England man has hit just three shots on target, failing to score and returning just 16 fantasy points at an average of four points per game. The issue is the Black Cats simply aren't creating enough chances for the striker (or anyone) and it would take a brave fantasy manager to pick Defoe at this point in time, despite a home match against Aston Villa coming up in Week 29.
Mar 10 - 7:47 AM

Gus Poyet will be hoping to have a fully-fit squad for Saturdays' visit of West Brom but admits "a number of players will be assessed after training" on Friday.

Top of the list is Jermain Defoe [calf] and Lee Cattermole [knee], but they will be available if the pair come through unscathed while Jack Rodwell, Emanuele Giaccherini, Anthony Reveillere and Will Buckley are also in with a shout. The Black Cats need to bounce back after two hugely disappointing defeats – QPR [H] / Bradford [FA Cup] – and only three points will appease the Sunderland faithful who are growing restless.

Gus Poyet confirmed post-match on Sunday that striker Jermain Defoe missed the fifth round defeat at Valley Parade after feeling discomfort in his calf on the Friday before causing him to miss training.

The Black Cats completed their big money transfer early during the window and the arrival of Jermain Defoe was seen as the perfect remedy for this shot shy side. The former Spurs striker hit the ground running and his two goals have already helped to secure 4 points although the Wearsiders’ still remain precariously close to the relegation zone. In the absence of Defoe Sunderland reverted to type and drew a blank as Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher were unable to break down League One side Bradford City in the FA Cup. Gus Poyet admitted "he doesn’t know" when Defoe will return but the player will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness ahead of the crucial tie with West Brom in GW26.
Feb 17 - 12:50 PM

Gus Poyet has launched an attack on the media after his Sunderland side were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One Bradford.

Bradford showed their victory over Chelsea in Round Four was no fluke, going in front through John O'Shea's third-minute own goal. John Stead doubled the lead for the League One promotion-chasers with a close-range finish in the 61st minute and they held on to the lead to progress to the Sixth Round. After the game Gus Poyet went on a bizarre rant, blaming the media for many of his club's problems. He told assembled journalists at Valley Parade: "The problem is you, not me." The Sunderland boss even took issue with a question about the absence of Jermain Defoe, responding: "You need to know too many things and we try not to give you too much information. He was injured, he got a little problem on his calf and we don't know how long it is going to take." After the home defeat to QPR in Week 24 the pressure is clearly starting to get to him.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 16 - 4:33 AM

Jermain Defoe scored his second Premier League for Sunderland to help secure a draw at Swansea.

The one thing we know is that Jermain Defoe will score goals if you feed him chances, and that's exactly what he's doing for Sunderland as he made it two in three Premier League starts. His first half strike was "vintage" Defoe, running away from his marker, taking it past a defender and firing a fine shot from the edge of the area in to the corner of the Swansea net. The Swans were able to level via Ki in the second half, but this was a decent point for Gus Poyet's men as they move up to 14th, four points clear of the relegation zone.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 7 - 12:10 PM

Jermain Defoe scores a goal in his debut at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland beat Burnley 2-0.

Connor Wickham put Sunderland out to an early led with a comfortable header close to goal 20 minutes into the match and Jermain Defoe made it 2-0 15 minutes later. Burnley outshot Sunderland 13-8, but Costel Pantilimon saved all four shots on goal. Sunderland fans have got to be pleased with the recent acquisition of Defoe who was brought in to replace US men's national team striker Jozy Altidore who was struggling to get on the scoresheet. Altidore had one goal in 42 appearances for Sunderland over the last two years while Defoe has a goal (and an assist) in just two appearances since joining the Black Cats earlier this month.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 31 - 12:12 PM