Dick Advocaat refuses to praise Sunderland star Jermain Defoe

Dick Advocaat

The Dutch boss has stated that football is a team game and would not be drawn into saying any kind words about the striker.

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has stated to The Daily Mail that Jermain Defoe is not worthy of praise just yet and that the striker is part of a group that needs to work together.

The Black Cats have had a slow start to the new season and sit bottom of the pile on two points after four games.

One of the small rays of light for the Wearside club in recent weeks has been the fact that Defoe has looked relatively sharp, scoring twice so far in 2015-16.

Despite the former Tottenham striker’s exploits, Advocaat has failed to be drawn on commenting on the veteran attacker.

The former Rangers boss has said that he will not praise Defoe because football is a team sport and that the collective effort of the team is more important than the individual form of one player.

“I do not want to say anything special about him or I will have to talk about all the players,” Advocaat is quoted as saying by The Daily Mail.

“I do not intend to do anything special with Jermain because then I have to do it with all the others. He is part of a squad of players and he gets well paid like all the others to do well for Sunderland.

“He has scored two (league) goals…. You want me to say something special? Maybe at the end of the season.

“It is not good to point that out about Defoe, it’s about the group. When we are a little bit further along the season, maybe you can ask me again.”

Defoe will surely be motivated to face his former club as Sunderland host Tottenham later today, but his role in the side is yet to be determined after the transfer deadline day signing of Fabio Borini.

Sunderland are in real need of points, with Defoe’s clinical edge and experience surely a key attribute in the side’s chances of success.

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