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Jermain Defoe | Forward

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

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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. Nov 25 - 10:04 AM

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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.
Nov 24 - 6:02 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
Nov 23 - 5:40 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.

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
Sep 25 - 9:41 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
Sep 13 - 10:48 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.
Aug 25 - 6:23 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.
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