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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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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. Sep 24 - 12:08 PM
Source: NBC Sports

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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
Sep 21 - 7:16 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
Sep 21 - 6:58 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
Aug 27 - 11:55 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.
Jul 27 - 6:27 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.
Jun 10 - 6:55 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
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