Defoe: Strikers key to Sunderland survival bid

Jermain Defoe has said that Sunderland’s strikers have a chance to make a name for themselves in the run-in as the club look to stave off the threat of relegation, reports the Newcastle Chronicle.

The former England international joined the Black Cats in January after just under a year playing for Toronto FC in North America’s Major League Soccer. Recently, he scored a superb goal to beat Newcastle United in the Tyne-Wear derby, but despite that success, the club sit just two places and three points above the drop zone.

They also have the joint fewest number of wins with just five all season, and their paltry total of 25 goals is the second lowest in the Premier League. Defoe has three goals since moving to the North East, but fellow strikers Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham have struggled to find the net all season.

Wickham has been unable to repeat the prolific form he showed towards the end of last season, while Fletcher has not scored since early November, but Defoe believes the remaining six games provide the chance for the frontline to become heroes.

“There’s pressure on everyone really. As forwards, you’ve got to score goals, but it’s never easy because in the back of your mind, you’re thinking we desperately need to win.

“But it’s good pressure because the rewards are so big and it means so much to everyone at the club. This is why you play football at the end of the day. If you love football, you enjoy these moments and try to enjoy the pressure. If you do well, then hopefully you make a lot of people happy.”

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