Sunderland striker Defoe claims he based his game on Ian Wright

Jermain Defoe has been a shining star for his struggling Sunderland side this season, as he continues to prove his goalscoring credentials.

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has told Sky Sports how he learnt from watching Ian Wright when he was a young player.

The 33-year-old has scored 16 goals in 30 appearances for the Black Cats this season, and he spoke of how he modelled his game on the Arsenal legend:

"I always used to look up to Ian Wright when I was a kid. Back in the day when Arsenal used to win 1-0 all the time, Ian Wright would always score, and people used to say boring Arsenal, but they always used to win."

Defoe explained how after training in his younger days at Charlton and West Ham United he would always practice his finishing to emulate his hero:

"As a kid at West Ham and Charlton, when I finished training I always used to work on my finishing because I have always wanted people to look at me and think if I get one chance I will score."

The Wearsiders have struggled all season, but having a goalscorer like Defoe must give them huge encouragement heading into the final stretch. He scored the second goal in their massive 3-0 win at Norwich City last weekend, and they now find themselves within a point of the Canaries.

Defoe then went on to say how he feels he is the one his team-mates look for to get a goal when they need it most:

"To be in this position, where I am the one the lads look to to score a goal, it's a great feeling."

Sunderland host Arsenal tomorrow in a game that will have huge repercussions at both ends of the table.

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