Sunderland Echo Column: Here’s hoping Defoe can add vital spark

Today’s piece comes from Stephen Goldsmith.


Have there been any developments at the Stadium of Light in the last few days worth mentioning?


The arrival of Jermain Defoe is a fascinating one.


His was a name regularly brandished around by fans as a solution to our goalscoring problems when engaging in any sort of pub or social media chat.


I was always fairly dismissive of the idea on two fronts: a) we don’t play the correct system to give him sufficient service and b) there’s not a chance in hell that we’d see him on Wearside for both geographical and financial reasons.


The latter point means the transfer has come as a surprise to most and the natural reaction is to be pleased.


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