Savage: This is the reason Sunderland will avoid relegation

Robbie Savage has backed Sunderland to climb up the Premier League table due to their signing of Jermain Defoe.

Robbie Savage has told BBC Sport that he thinks Sunderland's signing of Jermain Defoe will keep them in the Premier League this season. 

Defoe joined the Black Cats from FC Toronto last month, in a deal which cost the club £14 million according to the Independent

And Savage clearly feels that it was money well spent, as he believes Defoe will be the catalyst in helping Gus Poyet's side pull away from the bottom three by the end of the campaign. 

"Gus Poyet got Sunderland out of trouble last season and I am confident he will do the same again this year," he said to BBC Sport

"The biggest reason for that is Jermain Defoe - he has hit the ground running, and he is the goal poacher that the Black Cats badly needed."

Sunderland have struggled for goals this campaign, but Defoe's arrival already appears to have had a positive impact.

The 32-year-old scored his first for the Wearsiders in a 2-0 win against Burnley last weekend, and he also played a part in the team netting three goals against Fulham in the FA Cup in midweek. 

It was a marked improvement on Sunderland's performances earlier in the season and Poyet's men will now be looking to build on their new-found attacking threat.

The Black Cats take on Swansea City tomorrow, and they will be hoping to pick up the victory which will increase their four-point gap away from the bottom three. 

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