Would Jermain Defoe cross the Tyne and Wear divide after Sunderland’s relegation?
The Mackem demotion could be confirmed as early as today, depending on the Hull and Sunderland results.
After Lee Clark moved in the opposite direction, not many people would now be surprised by anything that happens – Clarkie having been born and bred on Tyneside and a Newcastle fan all his life.
Jermain Defoe is just another player, coming to the north east for money and the opportunity to play in the Premier League, so would it hold him back signing for Newcastle because he feels an overwhelming loyalty to the people of Sunderland?
The answer to that is ‘no’, according to former Arsenal player and now pundit, Perry Groves.
Groves says the decision would be so easy to make that Jermain Defoe would only take a ‘heartbeat’ to decide.
The striker is widely reported to have a clause in his contract which would allow him to leave for nothing this summer and despite being set to turn 35 in October, he will have no shortage of takers.
Despite playing for one of the worst Premier League sides ever, Defoe has managed 14 goals so far this season from 33 Premier League matches.
When you consider the Mackems have only scored 26 league goals in total, that is some going.
The fact the striker has started all of Sunderland’s PL matches this season, is also testament to his fitness levels.
In total, Jermain Defoe has scored 33 goals in 78 Premier League starts (plus 5 as sub) for Sunderland in the past two and a half seasons and quite clearly, they would have been relegated in each of the past two seasons without him.
Though even the former Tottenham striker couldn’t save them this time…
Perry Groves speaking to Talksport:
“I know that they say…Sunderland to Newcastle, would Jermain Defoe go? His loyalty is to Sunderland and all that…
“He would go in a heartbeat.
“Imagine Jermain Defoe going to Newcastle and wearing the number 9 shirt, scoring the 15-20 goals that guarantees them staying up.
“You are then on statue proportions aren’t you?”