Sunderland's Jermain Defoe hopes to take form into new season

The striker hopes to be finding the net pretty regularly for a crucial start to the Premier League season.

Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe has said he hopes to score a few more goals before pre-season ends as he looks to take that form into the start of the Premier League season, the Sunderland Echo reports.

The Black Cats struggled for goals prior to Dick Advocaat's arrival at the Stadium of Light and as an experienced Premier League marksman, there is a huge responsibility on Defoe to deliver in the early stages of the season. 

He said in the Sunderland Echo: “I always try to get off to a good start really.

“I want to make sure I’m ready for those first few games and make sure I’m sharp.

“Sometimes it helps when you manage to get a few goals in pre-season, just in terms of confidence."

Defoe managed to find the net on four occasions for the second half of the season he linked up with Sunderland for, finding the net in a couple of crucial games to aid the club's survival in the top flight, with his stunning strike against Newcastle United being the pick of the bunch. 

The forward recently found the net twice in a friendly against old club Toronto and an in-form striker going into the start of the season could prove to be crucial for the side in the early stages of the season. 

One only needs to look at the fixtures to see there is an opportunity for Sunderland to pick up some points against sides they will feel they are competing directly against as they face Leicester City, Norwich City and Aston Villa in their opening four games. A good start is vital for the Black Cats.

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