Jermain Defoe has been talking up the derby match on Easter Sunday, predictably trying to get the Sunderland fans to forget how poor he has been since his arrival.

In a desperate attempt to avoid the drop, Elliot Short committed a massive amount of money in terms of transfer fee and wages to a player who will be touching 36 when his contract ends.

Jermain Defoe:

“It is four victories in a row for us and hopefully that will continue, it is a game we can win.

“The lads have been unbelievable in the last few matches against Newcastle.”

Nothing quite like it:

“The boys have told me there is nothing quite like this game. It’s a fixture for the fans and it’s a massive game for everyone involved with the football club.

“It is going to be a difficult one of course, but with us being at home we will have the fans right behind us.”

To get Defoe to sign, Sunderland had to give a 32 year old striker a three and a half year deal at a reported £70,000 a week.

Sunderland have won only one of the nine matches Jermain Defoe has played in and are now only one point and one place above relegation.

In 935 minutes of football for Sunderland, Defoe has scored only two goals, roughly a goal every eight hours of football.

Taking advantage of Sunderland’s desperation, Jermain Defoe has taken their eyes out with the size of his wages and contract.

These are the kind of deals that cripple clubs if they get relegated, though the smart money would be on Defoe not being seen for dust if/when they get relegated.

Let’s hope Newcastle’s players step up and help make that reality.