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Jermain Defoe is too good for the MLS says Newcastle coach

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Some have questioned the wisdom of Jermain Defoe's recent move to Major League Soccer in a year when the striker is still challenging for a place in England's 2014 World Cup squad.

Defoe moved to Toronto FC in January after a successful career in the English Premier League with Tottenham, Portsmouth, and West Ham.

But former Toronto head coach, and current Newcastle United assistant manager, John Carver is convinced that the 31-year old can become an even bigger star in his new home.

Simply because he has more talent that the players he will face:

"Jermain can be as big a superstar in Toronto as he was in England," Carver told Sportsmail.

"I think he's going at the right time in his career. The boys over there are very fit, as fit as they are here, so he'll still have that sharpness.

"But where he can make the difference is his ability, he'll be a class apart and I think that will tell," he explained.

Carver was in charge of Toronto between 2008 and 2009, and although he is impressed with the improvement the league, and his former club, is making he clearly believes Defoe will be able to prosper as he begins life outside the Premier League.

Defoe announced himself to  North America last weekend, scoring two goals on his debut against the Seattle Sounders, and is joined in the Canadian city by ex-premier league names such as Julio Cesar.

Carver hinted that he would like to return to the MLS one day and believes with the powers that be securing the likes of Defoe in their prime the league is set to improve dramatically:

"I still watch the matches now and the standard is definitely improving and with players such as Jermain going over it's only going to get better."

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