Former Arsenal and West Ham United attacker Liam Brady has told BT Sport’s Football Tonight show that Sunderland will avoid the drop to the Championship at the end of the season.
Sunderland are currently 17th in the Premier League table with 26 points from 30 matches, just a point above the relegation zone.
“I think they will just about get out,” Brady told BT Sport’s Football Tonight’s show on Monday.
“I think (Gus) Poyet’s last signing will get them out. Jermain Defoe will score enough goals to get them out.”
Defoe joined Sunderland from Major League Soccer outfit Toronto FC in the January transfer window, but he has struggled so far.
The 32-year-old is a proven goalscorer in the Premier League, but he has managed just two goals in nine appearances in the league for the Black Cats.
The former West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur striker has created only three chances and has a shot accuracy of just 54%.
Only seven of the shots Defoe has taken have been on targets; six have been off target and four have been blocked.
Sunderland have struggled for goals throughout the season, but the arrival of Defoe was expected to change that.
However, the Englishman has yet to spark, and the Sunderland fans will hope that he regains his old form after the international break.