Jermain Defoe on Bradley & his best two Sunderland goals
Jermain Defoe has been reflecting on his time at the Stadium of Light and highlighted that Van Basten-esque volley against Crystal Palace earlier this year as the second best he scored during his stint on Wearside. The England striker told Gazzetta dello Sport the strike was only beaten by his 2015 corker against Newcastle at the Stadium of Light:
It’s [the Palace goal] definitely one of the most spectacular of my career, and in my scale of merit, it’s second after what I did against Newcastle.
Jermain Defoe's screamer vs Newcastle last year— Futbol City (@_Futbol_City_) July 6, 2016
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Defoe made headlines around the world for his friendship with Sunderland-supporting Bradley Lowery and acknowledged the profound impact the relationship had on him from the moment he met the youngster:
The first meeting took place in the locker room, just before a Sunderland match. We looked into each other’s eyes and something special happened. Bradley came close to me and sat on my knee.
From that day on we became friends and it was incredible to think about it. I was 34-years-old, I met his family and they described his situation to me. I knew what would happen but when I was with him I tried to push the thought away.
I was proud to be his friend, the last moments were very hard. Bradley’s family is amazing and I think about him every day. Bradley has been a key part of my journey through life.
There was some surprise last month when Defoe was not named amongst the nominees for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for his efforts in publicising Bradley’s story.
Sunderland supposed target will be sold
Sunderland were linked with a move for Ghanian winger Edwin Gyasi last weekend. The 26-year-old was in fine form for Norwegian side Aalesund FK in the Eliteserien season just finished, with 6 goals and four assists, but he couldn’t halt his side’s slump to relegation.
A host of English clubs are said to be tracking his availability, including Nottingham Forest and Stoke City, and the Ghana international had told one Norwegian newspaper he was in talks with a ‘big club’.
Now according to Scandinavian outlet Aftenposten, Gyasi will be sold by AaFK, who will play in the Norwegian second-tier next season.
The report suggests investors in the Ålesund-based club have identified the winger and Danish left back Mikkel Andersen as the two saleable assets who will have to be cashed in. Gyasi looks likely to head to Holland or England. Could Sunderland be his destination?
Poyet on Borini
It was Gus Poyet who got the most out of Fabio Borini whilst at Sunderland. The Italian striker first moved to the Stadium of Light on loan during Paolo Di Canio’s stint as Black Cats manager, before signing permanently when Dick Advocaat took the reins.
Asked about the impressive spell Borini is enjoying in Serie A with AC Milan, Poyet told TMW that the ex-Liverpool man has always been hard working but that his ego needs nurturing:
He is a player who always helps. He lends a hand and is purposeful. We are talking about a professional who always wants to win. With me [at Sunderland] he started on the left and always created problems for opponents. But he needs to feel important.
Borini joined AC Milan on loan in the summer and the deal is expected to made permanent at the end of the season. The Sunderland-owned man has attracted praise for his role in an unfamiliar wingback position and on the right-hand side of a 4-3-3 formation.
How’s this for a motor?
Jeremain Lens hasn’t exactly lit up the Super Lig in his second season in Turkish football. Widely panned for his performances since signing for Besiktas on loan from Sunderland, the 30-year-old last started a league match a month ago and even then he was hauled off at half time against Akhisarspor.
The Dutchman has only made the starting XI on five occasions this season but he did manage an assist in the Champions League against RP Leipzig ten days ago. Besiktas have no easy task to proceed in the knock-out stages however having been drawn to face Bayern Munich.
But who needs glory on the pitch when you can buy massive cars with private registration plates. Check out Jeremain’s new motor.
The Rolls Royce Ghost allegedly cost the Sunderland-owned winger half a million quid. Nice.