Sunderland midfielder praises 'different class' teammate; says whole squad look up to him

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has earned praise from Lee Cattermole.

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has told the club's official website that Jermain Defoe has been 'different class' since arriving at the Stadium of Light.

Defoe joined from FC Toronto in the January transfer window, and Cattermole has clearly been impressed by the 32-year-old's initial impact on Wearside.

Although Defoe may not have scored as regularly as the Black Cats were hoping so far, his attitude on the training ground makes him a player the whole squad looks up to, according to Cattermole.

“Jermain [Defoe] has been a different class since arriving here and he’s got that bit of quality that can win you a game," he said.

“His attitude in and around the training ground every day shows why he’s played at the highest levels, and he’s someone we can all look up to and learn from.”

Defoe's match-winning ability was on full display in Sunderland's last fixture when he struck a wonderful volley to give them a much-needed derby victory over Newcastle United.

It was a hugely important result for the side and it means that Defoe's struggles in a Sunderland shirt to date have largely been forgotten about.

The England international striker now has three goals in 12 games for the club and will be hoping to improve this tally as the season progresses.

The Black Cats have just seven games left to play and Defoe will be crucial as they look to protect the advantage they currently hold over the bottom three.

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