Report: Jermain Defoe mentoring Sunderland prospect tipped for a bright future

General view - Stadium of Light Sunderland

The Premier League side are hoping that the 17-year-old can go on and emulate the England international.

Jermain Defoe scores the first goal for Sunderland from the penalty spot

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is set to personally mentor academy prospect Josh Maja as the club looks to ensure that the 17-year-old realises his potential, the Sunderland Echo reports.

The Echo claims that Maja is being tipped for a very bright future at the Stadium of Light having travelled and trained with the first-team ahead of their final game of last season at Watford.

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe

Though the Black Cats have high hopes for the forward, the Echo reports that he is currently deemed to be a long way off being ready for the first-team - he is yet to make an appearance for the under-21 side - and thus, they have turned to Defoe to help him learn his trade.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

In terms of players to learn from, the 33-year-old is arguably the ideal candidate. The former Tottenham man has been prolific at every club he has played for, as well as at international level, and proved last season that age has had little impact on his ability in front of goal.

It was his 15 strikes that inspired Sam Allardyce's men to safety, and if he can teach Maja to be anywhere near as ruthless in the future, then Sunderland could have another special player in their ranks. 

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