Poyet thrilled by Sunderland’s Defoe capture

Sunderland Coach Gus Poyet has spoken of his excitement at Jermain Defoe moving to Sunderland, telling the club’s official website the transfer will give the Premier League strugglers ‘something special.’

Defoe has joined the Black Cats from MLS outfit Toronto FC, with United States international striker Jozy Altidore moving the opposite way in exchange. Defoe spent about a year in Canada, having left Tottenham Hotspur, where he both played and worked with Poyet when he was a coach at White Hart Lane.

“I am thrilled that Jermain is a Sunderland player,” Poyet said. “I know all about his attributes and his qualities first-hand and his exceptional goal-scoring record speaks for itself. He has something different, something special.

“We know each other very well – he was very young when we played together and I was coming to the end of my career, so I know him from inside the pitch,” the Uruguayan continued. “When I returned to Spurs as a coach it was a great experience for me to work with him, so I am really looking forward to having him as my player now and for him to be part of our team.”

Sunderland are currently 16th in the Premier League, a point clear of the relegation zone and three points from bottom side Leicester City. The Mackems have managed 18 goals in their 21 league games, the second-lowest tally of any top flight side, bettering only Aston Villa’s 11.

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