Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning that Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is struggling because he is not getting enough chances.
The former Tottenham and West Ham United striker has scored just twice in six Premier League appearances for Sunderland so far this season.
Defoe has created four chances, has a pass accuracy of 75% and a shot accuracy of 75%, and has won four headers, four dribbles and five tackles.
Murphy, who played with his English compatriot at North London outfit Tottenham, believes that the 32-year-old is not scoring goals because he is not getting enough chances.
“The problem is he is feeding on scraps,” the 38-year-old said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning.
“He is a good finisher. I played with Jermaine. He is a super talent, but if you are getting one or two chances a game and your confidence isn’t high, then it’s tough.”
Defoe is a proven Premier League quality player who scored four goals and created 13 chances in 17 league matches last season, helping Sunderland escape relegation in the process.
The Englishman is an important player for the Black Cats, and his goals will be crucial if they are are to avoid the drop to the Championship at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.
Sunderland as a team need to help Defoe. Dick Advocaat’s side have created just 40 chances in six Premier League matches - that’s under seven chances a game.