Jermain Defoe praises the work rate of teammate Danny Graham

Jermain Defoe feels the work rate of teammate Danny Graham is paying off for him and the club.

Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe has praised the work rate of attacking teammate Danny Graham in the Northern Echo.

Graham grabbed a goal as the Black Cats defeated Everton over the weekend and Defoe has suggested that the key behind Graham’s performance was the work rate he’s put in over recent weeks.

“It’s massive. He keeps running, keeps running - Danny is a top, top guy. He works so hard. You know when you have someone in your team you know he has goals. It is difficult because he is up there on his own,” said Defoe.

Sunderland’s result over the weekend helped the side to move out of the bottom three and above arch rivals Newcastle United.

The Black Cats also have a game in hand, which would allow them to move even further up the Premier League table.

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat deserves credit for taking the risk of using Graham in his attack and he now has to decide if he’ll be the club’s main man over the rest of the season.

The Dutchman has to play on Graham’s goal against the Toffees and find a way to motivate him, while surrounding him with other players who are creative and attacking.

If he can get the balance right and increase the team’s goal threat, they should be able to put a bit more distance between themselves and the bottom three, as they nudge closer to safety.

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