Sam Allardyce as high expectations of striker Jermain Defoe.
The former Portsmouth striker is renowned for his scoring abilities in the Premier League, previously topping the charts both at Fratton Park and White Hart Lane with Tottenham Hotspur.
Many questions were asked as to whether the 33-year-old will be a part of Allardyce’s plans at Sunderland, considering his style of play and the Black Cats’ precarious league position.
But the former Bolton Wanderers boss has assured Defoe of his future on Wearside, and he expects the natural finisher to end up as the club’s leading scorer come the end of the season.
"Jermain pulling his hamstring was a blow to us but now he's back in the fold. Getting him on the pitch and producing is what we need now and hopefully there are more and more goals in him,” he explained.
"I'd expect him to be our top scorer this season, on the basis of history. His career path has proved that at other clubs."
Defoe currently has four Premier League goals to his name, topping the club’s charts alongside Scotland international Steven Fletcher who also has four strikes this season.
The duo have the potential to form a successful strike partnership, and Allardyce stumbling across a 3-5-2 formation allows the two to feature upfront together.
The Black Cats are currently in 19th position in the table, though three wins in their last seven matches is relatively good form and they will be hoping for another victory against Watford this weekend.