Photo: Defoe and Poyet together during their Tottenham days

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Jermain Defoe and Gus Poyet once played together at Tottenham Hotspur, but one now manages the other at Sunderland.

Gus Poyet has seen what his new signing Jermain Defoe can do plenty of times before, with the two men former teammates at Tottenham Hotspur.

The Sunderland manager made 83 appearances for Spurs, scoring 18 goals in that time, while Defoe ended his White Hart Lane career with 138 goals in 357 appearances.

That is exactly what Sunderland need right now, with the Black Cats currently one point outside the relegation zone having scored only 18 league goals all season (only Aston Villa have scored less).

Poyet recently said – in quotes published by the Guardian – that the club was different following the arrival of Defoe. And when you consider how well the ex-Toronto forward knows the Premier League, surely the move was a no-brainer for Sunderland.

Some Tottenham fans may have wondered why their own side did not move for their former player, although the length of contract signed by Defoe may suggest the reason for that.

But while Defoe will be hoping to start as he means to go on this afternoon, the two players both have an affinity to Tottenham, as can be seen by the photograph above that was posted by Sunderland’s official Twitter account on Saturday morning.

Once upon a time one player replaced the other on the pitch, but now it is up to Defoe to make the difference while Poyet can only watch from the touch-line.

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