The former Hammers striker is delighted with the progress the club have made.
“They’re just a different team,” Defoe told the Daily Mirror. “Credit to the club with the signings they’ve brought in, they’re just a different team. They’ve got pace going forward and the manager has got it right.
“Sam is a good guy. He got a lot of stick, at one point I thought he could be in trouble but he’s a strong character, he has always been a strong character and he’s a good manager, experienced, he knows the game.
“What he’s done has been amazing. They’re a tough team, a tough team to beat, I think they’ll do well for the rest of the season.”