English International, Jermain Defoe, said he is very pleased with the award he received from his club, Sunderland FC.
The 33-year old former Spurs striker said felt he had a point to prove in his first full season as a Sunderland player.
Having been named player of the year by the club’s supporters, the striker now wants to earn the level of affection lavished on Kevin Phillips who scored 116 goals in matches for the club.
Sunderland’s striker believes that his team can avoid relegation if they keep playing as they are doing at the moment.
He told the media that the Sunderland manager, Sam Allardyce has encouraged his players to win at least four of their remaining games so as to save their Premier League status.
Sam Allardyce claims that he is ready to build a team around Jermain Defoe.
The Sunderland manager says that he will not consider selling the striker on a cheap even though he is coming to the end of his career. Instead, it would take an incredible offer to persuade him to even consider the possibility of a sale. Sunderland have been making enough progress in their efforts to avoid relegation. The progress did not come immediately after the appointment of Allardyce. Now, however, the club has won two games in the last five matches.
The next Premier League season kicks off on August 8 and Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe has already established some goals that he wants to accomplish in the approaching season and one of his targets is to score at least 20 league goals for Sunderland.
Scoring 20 goals in a single season is a feat that is not easy to do. In the 2014-15 Premier League season, the only players which managed to accomplish this were: Diego Costa, Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero. All of those players scored at least 20 goals in this past season.
Former England international Jermain Defoe has revealed his desire to lift the FA Cup.
Despite being one of the best England goal scorers in recent times, the former Tottenham forward has not been lucky enough to win many major honours in his career.
He came very close to winning the FA Cup back in 2008 when he was part of that Portsmouth team that reached the final and lifted the title. However, he was not part of the squad back then since he was cup tied after having just completed a move from Tottenham.
Former England striker Jermain Defoe says that the approach to young players needs to change in football.
The prices for young players with a lot of potential are relatively low compared to established names. This has resulted in an extraordinary influx of money into the youth market, although it is not necessarily transferring into better opportunities for young players. Defoe says that many youngsters start playing at an early age thinking nothing about football and it becomes extremely traumatic for them to learn that they are not good enough only a few years later.
Michael Ballack believes that Mesut Ozil should not have made a move from Real Madrid to Arsenal the previous season.
According to Ballack, Ozil’s biggest problem is that he is not comfortable with criticism. As soon as he has a few off days and he gets criticized, his body language drops significantly.
Ozil appeared to have started enjoying life in England straightaway as in his first few matches for Arsenal last year, he was just amazing. He was outfoxing opposition with his pace, setting up goals and winning matches, but, this year has been an extreme contrast to that.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp has stated that he will not be looking to bring Jermain Defoe back to the Premier league. The former Tottenham striker has been linked with a return to the Premier league with QPR, which would see him reunited with his former manager Redknapp.
Even though Redknapp used Defoe sparingly in his final few years at Tottenham, the 31-year-old is one of the favourite players of the manager. There is a possibility that Defoe could come back at least on a loan spell during the Christmas period.
There are a lot of concerns growing about the injury of Jermain Defoe, who came to Toronto FC as the designated player for this year. He is one of the top earning MLS star players, but the former Tottenham striker has played very little football. He has been suffering from a hamstring injury since joining the club. This has not only put his future at Toronto in doubt, but also of his participation with the England national team at the World Cup 2014. Even though he has scored three goals in just two appearances, his lack of involvement in the last two matches has raised a lot of questions.
The football experts might think that Jermain Defoe should not have taken transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to the MLS club Toronto FC as it would lessen the chances of him being selected in the England squad for the World Cup finals, but, the player himself has a different opinion. He reckons that if he performs well for Toronto, there is no reason why he can’t get the ticket to Brazil.
Defoe hasn’t left Tottenham yet though. He would stay at White Hart Lane till the end of February.