On Friday, Sunderland announced the signing of Jermain Defoe from Toronto FC, with Jozy Altidore going in the opposite direction.
Defoe’s three-and-a-half-year deal could prove to be the most important Premier League signing of the January transfer window.
With Defoe there is almost a guarantee of goals. Sunderland’s players have had no problem creating chances for the likes of Altidore and Connor Wickham this season.
The problem the club have faced is that their strikers are nowhere near prolific enough in the forward positions to ensure Sunderland retain their Premier League status.
With their new signing, that should change. The English forward has scored 164 league goals during his career, with multiple spells with Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth.
With Sunderland languishing just a point ahead of the bottom three, they need goals and the signing of Defoe almost ensures that they will score plenty more than the meagre 18 they have managed this season.
Ironically Defoe is eligible to make his debut for his new club at Tottenham this weekend. The 32-year-old has scored in every competitive debut he has made during his career and if he repeats that feat at White Hart Lane, he will do so in front of the fans of the club where he was most successful.
Should he do so it could rank amongst the most important goals that he has scored, since his new club desperately needs a win due to their current league position.
"It is a great place to play and I’m really looking forward to it," Jermain Defoe
The striker has spoken of his excitement at signing for the North-East club, telling the Wearside club's official website: “I’ve always enjoyed coming up here and playing against Sunderland because of the stadium and the supporters. It is a great place to play and I’m really looking forward to it."
During his career Defoe has earned 55 caps for England, scoring 19 times for his country. He is also the 14th highest scorer in Premier League history.
The shipping out of Altidore will been seen as an added bonus to some Sunderland supporters, with the American striker only managing to score one goal in 42 league appearances.
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