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Jermain Defoe | Forward | #18

Team: Sunderland
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/7/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 143

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Jermaine Defoe scored three times, making it five in his last two league games, as Sunderland collected three massive points in a 2-4 win against Swansea City.
This was a wacky contest that saw controversial calls go mostly against the Swans as two of Defoe's three strikes looked to have been offside. On top of that, three of Sunderland's four goals came after Swansea right back Kyle Naughton was sent off and some would argue it was a harsh decision. Defoe got the opening goal, tapping in a loose ball as Lukasz Fabianski did a poor job of handling a shot by Fabio Borini. Swansea scored twice unanswered, the latter when they were a man down, and led at the break. It was all Sunderland in the second though. Patrick van Aanholt scored a curing effort from the edge of the box in the 49th minute to equalize and Defoe would score twice after that to lift the Black Cats to victory. Defoe has been a goal machine in the past, but five in his last two has him turning heads in fantasy once again. Jan 13 - 5:00 PM
Source: NBC Sports

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Jermain Defoe carried Sunderland to a huge win over Aston Villa in the relegation battle match.

Both teams are in the relegation zone and this was a pivotal match between them. Sunderland were able to earn the win through two Defoe goals and another by Patrick van Aanholt, and now hold a seven point lead over dead-last Aston Villa. The match was a boring one as both teams played poorly and there were few highlights outside of a wonder goal by Carles Gil. Aston Villa now need a miracle to even get close to escaping relegation.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 2 - 12:15 PM

Jermain Defoe shook off a hamstring injury to return as a second-half sub, proving to be Sunderland's most influential player in just 18 minutes during a 1-0 home loss to Watford.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce continued with a variation of his preferred 3-5-2 formation that proved to be too narrow and thin in central midfield. Billy Jones returned to the starting lineup in place of Younes Kaboul, but ended up at his usual full-back position after DeAndre Yedlin was pulled in the 19th minute as a tactical substitution. Sunderland couldn't get past the Watford defense following a fourth-minute goal by Odion Ighalo, despite Defoe's efforts. The forward had a goal cancelled out after being ruled offside with 10 minutes left while also forcing Heurelho Gomes into a wonderful save in the 81st minute to preserve Watford's clean sheet. The loss marked a missed opportunity for the Black Cats to climb out of the bottom three as they have yet to score in December.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 12:40:00 PM

Sunderland will be without two starters of their recent turnaround as Seb Larsson and Jermain Defoe were ruled out for the Arsenal match this weekend.

Defoe aggravated a previous hamstring injury early in the 2-0 win against Stoke City, but the injury is not considered as serious as first feared. Manager Sam Allardyce confirmed that Duncan Watmore, who scored last weekend, is battling the recently recovered Fabio Borini for Defoe's starting spot in the lineup. Defoe is the Black Cats' leading scorer with seven goals in all competitions despite falling out of favour with former Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat at the start of the season.
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 07:51:00 AM

Jermain Defoe and Sebastian Larsson have given Sam Allardyce an early injury headache as the duo are major doubts to face Arsenal in Week 15.

Said Allardyce: "Larsson’s is a problem with the medial ligament in his knee. Jermain Defoe’s a hamstring. Both will be doubts for Arsenal." Defoe aggravated a preexisting hamstring injury early in the first half against Stoke City and was replaced by Duncan Watmore, who scored the club's second goal. Larsson, meanwhile, has started both games since Allardyce switched to a 3-5-2 before being replaced in the second half by Jeremain Lens. Fabio Borini could step back into the starting lineup after returning to action following an injury while Billy Jones will return from his yellow-card ban.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 03:28:00 AM

Sunderland could be boosted by the fitness of two key attackers for the weekend match against Stoke City as Jermain Defoe and Fabio Borini are expected to be available.

Defoe came off injured just minutes after scoring the match-winner against Crystal Palace on Monday, but scan revealed there was no ligament damage as the ankle injury is not too serious. But if Defoe cannot start against Stoke, manager Sam Allardyce confirmed Fabio Borini has returned to full training and is in contention. The forward has missed much of the last month with an ankle injury, playing only one half against Southampton before suffering a setback.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 10:04:00 AM

Sunderland face an anxious wait over the status of Monday night's hero after Jermain Defoe was subbed off in the 86th minute with an ankle injury in the 1-0 win against Crystal Palace.

Following the match, the forward said he is optimistic he will be available for the upcoming weekend match against Stoke City: "The only positive is that I can put weight on it. I just hope it’s not ligaments. I felt sharp and I’ve worked hard." Defoe was replaced by Danny Graham after starting up top next to Steven Fletcher, who was replaced earlier in the match for Jeremain Lens, giving the Black Cats plenty of options in attack.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 06:02:00 AM

Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe delivered three massive away points to his struggling side with a goal in the 80th minute to give Sunderland a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The veteran forward secured his third goal of the season after beating Palace defender Scott Dann to a through ball from Billy Jones to break the 0-0 deadlock. However, Defoe was subbed off six minutes later after limping off with an apparent leg injury. It was only Sunderland's second win of the season, but it was enough to bring the Black Cats within one point of exiting the relegation zone with rival Newcastle just above them. Sam Allardyce's risk of switching to a back three (led by John O'Shea, Sebastian Coates and Younes Kaboul) paid dividends with the club's second clean sheet of the season as Patrick van Aanholt came in for DeAndre Yedlin as a wing-back.
Source: NBC Sports
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 05:40:00 PM

Sunderland fell behind by two goals but managed to level the score in the second half before poor defending became abysmal and they wind up getting a knockout punch from Everton in a 6-2 loss.

Things went from bad, to good, to extremely bad for the Black Cats today. After the two sides felt each other out, Everton opened the scoring in the 19th minute and looked uncatchable after scoring a second time. Sunderland got just what they needed seconds before the halftime whistle when Sebastian Coates sent a deep ball to Jermain Defoe, who took a nifty touch to split the defense and finish with aplomb. Then, just five minutes into the second half, Patrick van Aanholt, who was playing on the left flank of midfield, sent a cross into the box and Steven Fletcher headed it home to equalize. It was a horror show from then on though, as Everton would net four times after that and made the Sunderland defense look utterly deplorable. If this is the the "new look" Sam Allardyce defense, then the Cats are in terrible shape going forward.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 10:52:00 AM

Jermain Defoe and Jack Rodwell may both miss out on Sunderland's visit to Old Trafford with minor injuries.

Sunderland are sitting at the bottom of the table and a trip to Old Trafford isn't exactly the place to get things moving. Add to the misery the fact that Jermain Defoe is a doubt for the match with a hamstring injury and things are looking grim for Dick Advocaat and the Black Cats. Between Fabio Borini, Jeremain Lens, and Ola Toivonen there are plenty of attackers but Defoe is certainly their best proven goal-scorer in the Premier League.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 09:41:00 AM

Sunderland AFC showed improvement compared to their last couple of league games but could not find an end product as visitors Tottenham would grab a late winner to spoil the day in a 0-1 loss.

While it is hard to find excuses for a team sitting dead last in the league, Sunderland showed some promise today and a fresh attitude with the debut of Fabio Borini. Spurs were disorganized from the opening whistle and survived giving up an early goal. Then, ex-Spur Jermain Defoe had a glorious chance when seen through one-on-one with Hugo Lloris but he dragged his shot just a bit too much and it caromed off the far post. Jeremain Lens, who has been solid in every match so far, put in another influential shift but no final product. Whether unlucky or outclassed, its shaping up to be another long relegation battle for the Black Cats this season.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 10:48:00 AM

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.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 06:23:00 PM

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.
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 01:44:00 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
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 05:24:00 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.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 10:30:00 PM