After the departure of Darren Bent In January, Sunderland will look to Jermain Defoe for goals next season. The North East club have experienced an awful second half to the season since Bent left, leaving Steve Bruce looking for a goal scoring replacement.
“Darren Bent did fantastically well here and scored a lot of goals. We have to go and find a replacement for him. We have to go and get a proven striker,” said Steve Bruce.
Defoe has been far from prolific for Tottenham this season after contributing a measly 4 goals in the league. Defoe is believed to be the target for the Black Cats despite the England international’s poor season. After struggling with injury problems for the first half of the season, the striker just hasn’t been able to establish himself in the set up signalling the time for him to move on.
Questions have been raised over the quality of the player and his ability to really make an impact at the highest level. Spurs have been competing with huge expectations since being involved in the Champions League this year and it seems as though the striker just does not possess the quality to cope with it.
He is a proven goal scorer in the Premier League however, and would be a great acquisition for Sunderland. Challenging for a top half place in the Prem and the hope of a Europa League spot at best is the type of standard that the player is much more accustomed to and suits in terms of quality. Like Darren Bent, he brings little to the build-up play and is largely just there to put the ball in the back of the net. This is not enough for a team hoping to regain fourth spot but is perfect for a club like Sunderland.
This lack of adaptability is exactly why a big club has never signed the England man and is the reason why he will be moving away from White Hart Lane this summer.
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