Wes Brown has told the Echo that Jermain Defoe will be a nightmare for Premier League defences once he is fully up and running at Sunderland.
The England international has been acquired by the Black Cats to help provide an attacking spark that can lift them away from trouble in the Premier League.
His goalscoring record speaks for itself and he will be expected to deliver the goods if given the right service.
Defoe drew a blank on his debut for the club at former employers Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend, but put in a lively enough display at White Hart Lane.
Brown is convinced that there is more to come from the 32-year-old, with the diminutive forward looking to work on his match sharpness and timing in the final third.
Brown told the Sunderland Echo: “Jermain’s always a threat. He’s always on the last shoulder of the defender. He’s done it over the last few days in training and he’s so difficult to mark.
“I know he was offside a few times on Saturday, but there’ll be a few of them when he stays onside, and he’s one-on-one with the keeper. He wants to score and wants to get in the box. He wants to get in behind the defenders which is good when it’s tight. He’s always looking to get a shot off and his goal record speaks for itself.
“We just need to get him in the positions so he can get up and running. He’s been in the Premier League for many years. He knows how to score goals, knows the spaces to pick up and I’m sure he’s going to do that between now and the end of the season.”
|Team||Match||Total Offside||Mins Played|
|Jermain Defoe||Sunderland||Tottenham vs Sunderland||4||75|
Defoe sits 14th on the list of leading goalscorers in Premier League history.
He has plundered 124 in the past, spread between spells at West Ham United, Portsmouth and two at Tottenham.
It is those predatory instincts that Sunderland are hoping to benefit from over the course of the next three-and-a-half years, but his vast experience will also be a valuable asset for Gus Poyet to have at his disposal.