All posts tagged with: Jermain Defoe

Bournemouth Season Preview: same approach

Bournemouth scored the seventh highest number of Premier League goals last season and achieved the club’s highest ever finish in its 118-year history, so it’s fair to say 16/17 wasn’t a bad campaign for the Cherries. Interestingly, four of their six most-used players during it also played in the 12/13 League One promotion campaign. Supporter… Read more →

Sunderland Season Preview: the re-build

Sunderland’s policy has long been to sign old players in an inflated January market and change manager frequently. They always just about stayed up with that approach, but always with the sense that they were treading water. Last season, those years of short-term thinking caught up with the Black Cats, as supporter Michael Oates –… Read more →

Short-termism catches up with Sunderland

Sunderland have long been the Premier League’s masters of escapology, but this time, survival looks beyond even them. They will go down, probably as the division’s table-proppers, unless they can almost double their current points tally in the remaining 11 games. Such a return looks beyond even them and so the eye cannot help but… Read more →

FA Cup Preview: revenge for Sunderland?

Sunderland may have revenge on their mind this weekend when they host Burnley, who thrashed them at Turf Moor seven days earlier. Other FA Cup action sees a meeting of two of the competition’s famous underdog victors from the late 80s, while goalkeeping could decide the Staffordshire derby. Stoke v Wolves These teams met in the FA… Read more →

Time for Januzaj to stand up

Strange as it might sound, Sunderland’s survival chances could hinge on a change in mind-set from Adnan Januzaj. The Belgian scored twice in his first Manchester United start at the Stadium of Light, back in October 2013. Since that impressive 13/14 campaign, most coaches elsewhere have rejected the Belgian with question marks over his attitude. David Moyes, perhaps surprisingly… Read more →