Danny Graham suggests Jermain Defoe has created an exciting positive for Sunderland

Sunderland forward Danny Graham has suggested Jermain Defoe has improved the competition for places at the club.

Sunderland striker Danny Graham has told the Chronicle he feels Jermain Defoe has created more benefits for the club than just scoring goals.

Defoe has scored two goals in his last four games for the club, which has left Graham suggesting a scrap from the other forwards at the club to be able to play alongside him.

“Jermain has given everyone around the place a lift - To have a player of his calibre at the football club is massive and it’s going to help us,” said Graham.

“Everyone wants to play up front with him and help him and the team do well.”

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet should be delighted with the comments because of the benefits they create for his team.

A higher level of competition in training for a specific place in the side increases the intensity, which improves the quality of players when they’re ready to step into the Sunderland team.

Whether Graham is a better option to play alongside Defoe in the Sunderland attack is only something that he can prove when he’s given a chance.

Sunderland host West Brom in the Premier League this weekend and three points is vital for the club after two disappointing performances against QPR and then Bradford in the FA Cup last weekend.

If Graham can nick a goal it will do his individual confidence the world of good and if Sunderland can get a win, it will give them some momentum and get them heading in the right direction and up the table.

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