08 October 2019 16:46
While Dick Advocaat tried to fit Jermain Defoe into Sunderland's way of playing, Sam Allardyce built his team around him, the former England manager has explained. Defoe follows in a proud tradition of great Black Cats goalscorers, but was a problem player for Advocaat. The Dutch coach wanted to play a 4-3-3 formation but did not think Defoe could play without a centre-forward alongside him, so banished the former West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur player to the wing. "Dick Advocaat had trouble playing Jermain as he had him playing in a wide position in a 4-3-3," he recalled. "They said, 'He's not going to play up front unless it was with someone else.' "From there on, we shaped the team to play in a way that we could get him enough of the ball in the right areas.
He lives off the shoulder, so we had to work out a system to get the ball up the pitch as quickly as possible and into the box. "His hold-up play is okay, but it's not his strength. His ultimate strength is reading the situation and getting on the move, playing a quality ball down the side between the full-back and the centre-half because he's past them before they've adjusted. Defoe scored four goals in 15 league appearances for Advocaat, 13 in 27 under Allardyce. His overall Sunderland tally was 34 Premier League goals in 87 games.
That's according to his pal Alan Hutton who reckons the experienced forward can become an Ibrox legend. The 37-year-old is currently half way through an 18-month loan north of the border from Bournemouth and is impressing. Hutton is adamant that there's no way he'll return to the English Premier League side. "I can't see Jermain going back to Bournemouth, that's not what he wants," he told Football Insider. Why Jeff Stelling missed Soccer Saturday "He's a guy that obviously I've known a long time he's loving it up there.
It's not that far away from down south so I think he's a great addition to the squad and he can really, if he wants, he can play as long as he likes." Rangers are now top of the Scottish Premiership after the emphatic win. According to Football Insider, Rangers are confident that they will not be losing Jermain Defoe early in January as his loan deal continues to prove prosperous. It's easy to forget that, technically, he is not our player and is only here, at the moment, on a temporary basis from Premier League side Bournemouth. Indeed, he's been so ingrained in what we've done since he arrived that he's felt like one of our own, and after another goal-scoring spree at the weekend, it's clear that we all want him to stay as long as possible. Bournemouth have the option to recall him in the January window, according to the report, but Rangers' position is that they are confident of keeping him for the full term of the loan. Alan Hutton has insisted his long-time friend Jermain Defoe is keen to remain at Rangers for the entire season. Defoe agreed a one-and-a-half year deal when he joined from Bournemouth in January but his parent club have the option to cut that short in the next window. Hutton, who knows the England international well from his time at Tottenham, is convinced that will not happen. "I can't see Jermain going back to Bournemouth, that's not what he wants," Hutton told Football Insider. "He's a guy that obviously I've known a long time he's loving it up there. "He loves scoring goals, he loves football and I knew as soon as he went there, this guy's a superstar and he's going to score goals. He will want to be a Rangers legend. "If you're a striker and you're scoring goals you are going to enjoy it. It's not that far away from down south so I think he's a great addition to the squad and he can really, if he wants, he can play as long as he likes." The striker tops the SPL goal charts with nine this season after his hat-trick against Hamilton and has 12 from 14 matches in all competitions despite Alfredo Morelos being first choice. Defoe is averaging a goal every 52 minutes in all competitions and his total of 20 since joining on loan in January sees the overall average at a goal just over every 91 minutes.