On June 29th 2017, Sunderland announced that Jermain Defoe had joined Bournemouth.
The Englishman established himself as a club hero during his time at the Stadium of Light as he helped Sunderland avoid relegation in the Premier League and scored bags of goals.
Loads of supporters were less than impressed with the club’s decision to sell the striker, as they took to Twitter to express their disappointment over the announcement.
What a clause that was in his contract mind. Hats off to who sorts out the contracts as well. Quality ran club!!!!
— james (@JamesAtkinson__) June 29, 2017
Thanks to SAFC for destroying our once proud club. Utter joke. Best players gone but let's remind the fans how crap we are now.
— Lee Miller (@LeeSafcMiller) June 29, 2017
— Speaking FOOTBALL (@aspirinman00) 29 June 2017
Special thanks to Sunderland for ripping our club to pieces
— TWANGMACKEM™️ (@twangmackem) 29 June 2017
Announce League One
— GGG (@KonstapelKnas) June 29, 2017
Jermain Defoe joined Sunderland back in January of 2015 after a spell in Canada with Toronto FC. He made his Sunderland debut the following day against former club Tottenham, but he couldn’t find the back of the net.
However, he soon found his touch in front of goal as the Englishman netted at home against Burnley, and then went on to find the back of the net three more times during the second half of the season.
The forward took things up a notch during his first full season at the club as he scored 18 goals in all competitions, with his winning goal against Chelsea towards the end of the season lifting the Black Cats out of the relegation zone.
He was quickly becoming a fan favourite at the Stadium of Light as their main source of goals, and his close relationship with Bradley Lowery helped him win the hearts of many.
Defoe’s performances during what would be his last season at the club helped him reach hero status as he netted another 15 goals to take his overall tally to 37 goals in 93 appearances for the Black Cats.
It comes as no surprise that fans were seething over the club’s decision as Defoe was an influential figure both on and off the field for the Black Cats, with his goals at the pinnacle of the attack constantly getting the club out of trouble.