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A striker that never gets old – Jermain Defoe signs for Bournemouth

Saturday 1st July 2017
“The one thing I can guarantee is goals” – Jermain Defoe said on joining Bournemouth, and we believe him, why? Because he's Jermain Defoe! He's a 34-year-old, yet, signing Jermain Defoe still makes Premier League managers like Eddie Howe say: “It's a huge moment for the football club and a step in the right direction.” We take a look at ageless English striker who just never gets old.

The last time he was at AFC Bournemouth, he was a loanee from West Ham who, just like every other loanee, had been sent to get more playing time away from his parent club. The highlight of his spell was his 10-game scoring streak, a feat that equalled a post-war record. Defoe was only 19 at the time.

He returned to West Ham a proven goalscorer and finished as the club's highest goalscorer in 2002; aged just 20.

He's avoided going down to the Championship with Sunderland just the same way he loathed the idea of going down with West Ham in 2004. He later forced a move to Spurs where Defoe would spend five seasons at White Hart Lane, play 139 Premier League matches and score 43 goals. His first spell with the Lilywhites.

By 2015 when Defoe joined Sunderland, he was thirty-two and considered a Premier League veteran. The English striker had played 399 Premier League games and scored 135 goals across four Premier League clubs. He had also been abroad to play in the Major League Soccer in America with Toronto FC.

At 34, Jermain Defoe still cuts a figure of a striker who still has it. Still has the pace, ability to run at defenders, carve out space and score the odd goal. He portrayed this during his time at Sunderland. Fancy seeing a 34-year-old attacker take twenty-something-year-old defenders to the cleaners? You've got Jermain Defoe!

In his three-year spell at Sunderland, the diminutive striker, played 87 times in the Premier League and scored 34 goals. Last season he scored fifteen times for the Black Cats, but his goals couldn't save David Moyes' side from coming last in the Premier League.

When Defoe signed his last contract with Sunderland, his agent was smart enough to include a clause that would allow the former Portsmouth striker leave for free if Sunderland were to get relegated. That clause was activated when Sunderland sunk to the second tier at the end of last season – the Englishman will now play for Eddie Howe's side for the next three years and will earn £60,000-per-week doing that.

What does Jermain Defoe bring to Bournemouth?

- Goals: The first thing we can expect from Jermain Defoe is goals, irrespective of his age; he promised that upon completing his move to the Cherries.

“Its great to be back. The one thing I can guarantee is goals.”

If a player who has scored nearly 200 Premier League goals is talking about goals, we just have to listen. Defoe would surely score. Fans of the Cherries should expect this man to reach double figures in goals before the 2017-18 Premier League season comes to wraps.

- Premier League experience: The one thing you can't take away from a player of Defoe's age is and experience. Having played in the English top flight for nearly twenty years, Defoe is a Premier League veteran, plain and simple. This guy knows his mettle in this division and Sunderland's loss is Bournemouth's gain.

An experienced player like Jermain Defoe fighting to get a look in England's World Cup squad for next year is definitely a big plus. Eddie Howe is really doing something right and I tip the Cherries to retain their Premier League status by the end of next season.

So there you have it – Jermain Defoe – many of us started watching and talking about him as far back as the year 2000; 17 years later, he's still a source of strength to a Premier League team and we still can't stop talking about him. Here's to an ageless striker who just never goes out of fashion.
Kingsley Ukpai

Kingsley is a football aficionado who craves to read, watch, play and write about the greatest team sport ever known to man. If you're talking football he'll be keen to listen to what you have to say. Loves to play Fantasy Football too.

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