Jermain Defoe targeting 20 goals for Sunderland

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Sunderland fans will be delighted to hear that Jermain Defoe has set himself a 20-goal target, reports Sky Sports.

The Black Cats striker has scored four goals in 19 games since joining the club from Toronto in January.

Defoe cannot wait to return to action and speaking of his summer regime, the front-man said: “During the off-season I always keep myself fit. I try not to eat too much and get the rest - the season is so long - but after a couple of weeks I'm ready to go back, ready to train.”

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He added: “Hopefully we'll have a good pre-season and we can start the season really strong. People say you should always aim for 20 goals in a season and if I'm scoring goals it's only good for the club and the team.”

The target should not be too much of a struggle for Defoe as he is currently the 11th all time Premier League top scorer with 128 goals. Defoe is the type of player Sunderland have seriously lacked since the departure of Darren Bent in 2011.

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Bent was a real goal-scorer for the Wearsiders and scored 36 goals in 63 games. The club and fans alike found his shock-departure for Aston Villa hard to take.  

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Sunderland have had a number of strikers on their books in recent seasons in a bid to end their goal scoring woes. Fraizer Campbell, Connor Wickham, Ji Dong-Won, Nicklas Bendtner, Danny Graham, James McFadden, Louis Saha, Ignacio Scocco, and Jozy Altidore have all failed to replicate the impact of Bent. Only Graham and Wickham remain at the club.

Steven Fletched joined Sunderland in 2012: The Scot got off to a good start at the club and scored 11 goals in 28 appearances. It could have arguably being more but the forward’s debut season was cut short due to injury. Fletcher may be on his way out of Sunderland with Celtic reportedly interested in his services.

Defoe only needs to look at the Sunderland fans love in for Kevin Phillips to see how much a goal scorer is idolised on Wearside. Phillips, dubbed Super Kev was a fan favourite at Sunderland and it’s not hard to see why. The Leicester coach scored 131 goals in 235 matches for the Black Cats and remains the only Englishman to ever win the European Golden Boot.

Even if Defoe does reach his 20 goal target, Dick Advocaat needs to bring in a strike partner for him. Advocaat will need competition for Wickham and Graham and even more so if he is to continue with his favoured 4-3-3 formation.

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