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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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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. Jun 10 - 6:55 AM

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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
Apr 30 - 12:14 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
Apr 2 - 12:35 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
Mar 20 - 11:39 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
Feb 27 - 9:51 AM

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.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 13 - 5:00 PM

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