Why new Sunderland recruit's form is starting to become a concern

Sunderland Gates

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has not been at his best since arriving in January.

When Sunderland signed Jermain Defoe in the January transfer window, there was a feeling that they had just guaranteed their safety.

Defoe had shown on numerous occasions throughout his career that he was a deadly finisher, capable of finding the target on a consistent basis in the Premier League.

The England international had built up a reputation as being one of the most lethal marksmen in the country and his arrival was supposed to end Sunderland's goalscoring woes.

Even though Defoe had reached the age of 32, his addition breathed new optimism into Sunderland's campaign and most thought he would provide the firepower to push them away from danger.

However, the diminutive forward has not had the desired impact so far and his form is actually slightly concerning.

Although Defoe needs to be given time to regain his match sharpness, the experienced frontman has been ineffective in a number of games since joining the Wearsiders.

His record of two goals in nine games is not particularly impressive and his displays have been even less encouraging.

  GoalsGoal AssistShots per gameShots on target per gameOn Target Shooting AccuracyDispossessed per gameTouches per gameAppearancesMins Played
Jermain Defoe 2 0 2.14 0.85 40% 1.71 22.14 7 577

Defoe is on the pitch purely as a goalscorer, but at the moment he is only testing the goalkeeper with 40% of his shots.

It means that the former Tottenham Hotspur man is not even managing to have a shot on target per game, and that has to be a worry for Gus Poyet.

Defoe does not offer much to the game in terms of linking up or creating chances for others, with his average of 22 touches per game very low, and it is hard to see what he brings to the team unless he is scoring.

That was his sole mandate when brought to the club and although it is early days, his form will need to improve if he is to be the goalscorer that Sunderland have been searching for.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch