Sunderland's Jermain Defoe says he's rediscovering his sharpness

Defoe has started the season in promising goalscoring form.

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe says, in the Chronicle, he is starting to feel sharp following his first hat-trick for the club in the 6-3 win over Exeter City in the second round of the League Cup.

Defoe has also found the net in two of the three Premier League games the Black Cats have played so far this season, despite the club only picking up the one point from the nine on offer. 

The forward is quoted in the Chronicle as saying: “When I first came to the club in January, it was a difficult time for me because I only had an operation in November.

“I knew it was going to take time to get my power back, and get my sharpness back because I didn’t play for four months.

“But now, I feel like I’m able to do everything I want to in the game - my movement, energy and taking my chances.”

This is a very good sign for Sunderland, considering their defending has been pretty woeful so far this season. With an in-form striker at the other end of the field, they can at least hold the hope they can outscore some opponents. 

Defoe showed flashes of what he could do during the second half of last season, notably with a terrific strike against Newcastle United, but has yet to show it on a consistent basis like he did during his time with both Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth in the Premier League. 

There is a huge game at the weekend for Sunderland when they travel to Aston Villa, but they need to tighten up at the back. If they can be more resolute than they have been in recent games, then someone that seems to be showing early signs of form up front could deliver them a much needed win. 

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