Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has told the Chronicle his hopes for after a three-year spell at the club.
Defoe recently signed a long term deal with the Black Cats and has suggested he doesn’t want to just be remembered for his time at Tottenham Hotspur, where he created a reputation for himself as one of the best strikers in England.
“I know at the minute people associate me with Tottenham, but that’s understandable because I was there for nine or ten years,” he said.
“After I’ve been here for three years or longer, if people turn around and say, ‘He played for Tottenham and Sunderland, and scored goals and was successful’, I would love that. That would be really special.”
Defoe is under pressure to produce the goods for the Black Cats with the Guardian claiming that his current deal is worth around £70,000 per week.
He featured against old club Spurs last weekend and the only way he can drag Sunderland into the same bracket as Spurs in terms of his reputation, is by scoring goals consistently.
He should get plenty of chances up front under Gus Poyet considering the apparent financial commitment made by the club but things are tense with the side just one point above the bottom three at the moment.
If he plays well then he’s giving himself the chance of extending his deal with Sunderland even further in three years and even if the club opts against just that, it’s clear he wants to end things on a high.
The winners from his aim for after three years are the North East club, especially if they avoid the drop and progress while Defoe is leading their attack.