Tottenham Hotspur came face to face with a former player on Saturday when Jermain Defoe turned out for his new club Sunderland against Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Defoe signed for Toronto FC for a fee in excess of £8million (according to a report in the Guardian) last year but it has not taken him long to return to a league he knows extremely well.
Defoe scored 12 goals in 20 games for Toronto but the club he played briefly for appeared to be in no mood to wish him luck this weekend, instead sending their best wishes to Tottenham as they came up against the former England international.
“We wish our partner @SpursOfficial all the best today as they take on Jermain Defoe and Sunderland,” was the message that came from Toronto’s official Twitter account shortly before kick-off.
It was a somewhat surprising tweet and it would be interesting to know how Defoe’s now former club feel after he swiftly returned to his homeland.
As for the match itself, Defoe could not get on the score-sheet, with Tottenham ultimately running out 2-1 winners courtesy of a late strike from Christian Eriksen.
By then the forward had been replaced by Danny Graham, but you can rest assured he will have much more productive games than he did against his former club on his latest debut.