Sunderland supporters in the Transfer Tavern are understandably fearful as we enter the business end of the season.
Black Cats supporters have been here before; in fact, Sunderland have pulled off so many great escapes in recent years there’s been almost too many to mention. But they may not have such luck this time around, currently seven points away from safety at the foot of the Premier League table with just ten games remaining.
And to make matters worse, relegation will almost certainly see the club’s talismanic entity – recently recalled England striker Jermain Defoe – leave Wearside in the summer.
The 34-year-old is currently joint-sixth in the Premier League’s scoring charts with 14 goals in 28 appearances and according to The Daily Mail, a relegation release clause will allow him to leave on a free transfer this summer if Sunderland plummet out of the top flight.
The British newspaper claim West Ham and Bournemouth, two of Defoe’s former clubs, are already keen, whilst his availability could attract interest from the top half as well.
But those in the Tavern reckon pretty much every side in the Premier League would struggle to turn their nose up at a double-figures striker available for free, even if he is 34 years of age, so Sunderland’s relegation is essentially in everybody’s best interests.
The season isn’t over just yet, however, and the good news for Sunderland is that they’re still to play the three sides directly above them in the Premier League table.
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