Jermain Defoe will steer Sunderland clear of relegation from the Premier League this season according to former Tottenham teammate and ex-Sunderland loanee Danny Rose.
The former West Ham, Portsmouth and Spurs striker is on the cusp of a return to England with the deal just waiting on confirmation of Jozy Altidore’s allocation to an MLS side through the draft system.
Rose, speaking following Spurs’ 4-2 FA Cup third round replay win over Burnley, claimed that his former teammate will help Sunderland, who are just one point clear of safety, stay in the top flight.
“I was shocked when he went to America,” Rose told talkSPORT. “If you know Jermain he’s as fit as he’s ever been. He keeps himself in incredible shape.
“He loves scoring goals and he’ll help Sunderland pick up their form. He’ll keep them in the Premier League this season.”
And Rose is not the only one singing the 32-year-old's praises after former Black Cat Michael Gray predicted the signing would kick-start Sunderland’s season.
“It is one of those signings that really excites the fans. That hasn’t happened since possibly the Adam Johnson signing, somebody with a name who certainly knows the Premier League,” he said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.
“Everybody seems to looking for goalscorers. They are looking at the Championship or in Europe but with Jermain, he knows the Premier League. He is a goalscorer and that is exactly what Sunderland need at the minute. I have seen some of their performances lately and they just need a spark, and I hope it is going to be Jermain that brings that.”