Sam Allardyce would not usually pick Jermain Defoe says Charlie Nicholas

The striker has been in fine form for Sunderland this season.

Jermaine Defoe’s goal-scoring form has forced Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce to pick him in the side, Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, broadcast from 12pm, 13 February.

The striker has been in fine form for the Black Cats this season, with 13 goals in all competitions, ten of which have come in the Premier League.

Nicholas though, says that Allardyce would not usually pick a player like Defoe if it had not been for his form, as he prefers a more physical centre forward in his teams.

“I don’t think Allardyce would have picked Defoe, he would have went with a stronger more physical type,” he told Soccer Saturday.

“But the little fella has nicked a few goals and Allardyce has went ‘why not go with it. I’m not going to change him if he can save me’

“I think he is the one area that you can say, we’re not as strong as we could be but he can still nick a goal.”

Defoe’s form has certainly been impressive for Sunderland this season given the situation that they currently find themselves in.

In fact, they are arguably the only side at the bottom of the table with a regular goal-scorer in their team, with the likes of Newcastle United, Norwich City and Aston Villa all having struggled for goals.

They will now be hoping that he can maintain that form in the remaining games this season as they seek to escape relegation in the final stages of the campaign once again, even if Allardyce would prefer a more physical centre forward.

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