JERMAIN Defoe’s arrival at Toronto FC was billed as a “Bloody Big Deal”.
Yet a year later, Defoe was arriving on Wearside.
He’ll score goals at any level and at any team. He certainly has the same instinct he’s always had to score goals.Steve Caldwell
It didn’t work out for Defoe, pictured, at Toronto, who took Jozy Altidore in an exchange deal.
But Defoe – set for his first Wear-Tyne derby on Sunday – could yet be a bloody big deal for relegation-threatened Sunderland between now and the end of the season.
Goals have been a problem for the club this season – and Defoe’s been worth his weight in goals to his clubs.
Ex-Sunderland and Newcastle United defender Steve Caldwell was Defoe’s captain during his year at Toronto. And Caldwell – who also faced 32-year-old Defoe during his time in England – feels his club’s loss is Sunderland’s gain.
“He’ll score goals at any level and at any team,” Caldwell told the Gazette.
“He certainly has the same instinct he’s always had to score goals.
“I feel he can score goals at any club with the right kind of service.
“As you get older, you need support round about you.
“He’ll put the ball away if that happens.
“I was disappointed to see him leave Toronto. He’s a great lad, and I got on extremely well with him.
“I think we could have been very successful with him, but he’s gone now, and I wish him all the success at my former team.
“We got Jozy in the trade, and he’s going to be very successful for us in the coming seasons.”
Former England international Defoe has scored two goals in nine Premier League appearances for Sunderland.