Andy Townsend has told BBC Radio Five Live programme ‘The Monday Night Club’ that Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has proven him wrong at the Stadium of Light.
Defoe was brought to Sunderland in January 2015 from FC Toronto, and Townsend felt that the move would not work out well.
The former Republic of Ireland international feared that Defoe was past his peak when he moved to Sunderland, but he claims he has been proven incorrect by the 33-year-old this term.
“Jermain Defoe, when he came to Sunderland, I didn’t fancy that it was going to work,” Townsend said.
“I thought Jermain was at that stage of his career, and coming back to Sunderland was just a vehicle back home for him. I didn’t think it was the right club for him.
“But I couldn’t imagine Sunderland staying up if he doesn’t play or gets injured.”
Defoe’s career in England did seem to be over when he moved to FC Toronto back in 2014.
It was expected that the veteran would spent his remaining few years playing professional football out in MLS, but his return to the Premier League has proven that he still is capable of playing at the top level.
Defoe helped to keep Sunderland up last season, and his form this time around has been sensational.
The clinical finisher has hit 14 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions, and he currently tops the Black Cats’ goalscoring charts by a considerable distance.