With the January transfer window waiting just around the corner at this particular stage in the 2016/17 Premier League campaign, it seems only natural for those among the English top-flight to look beyond their current squad for a little added fire-power with almost half of the domestic season left to be decided.
Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe therefore begins to represent a somewhat enticing asset for many teams aiming to push on this term. He provides many years of great experience among the English top-flight, a reliable striker to call upon when the going gets tough out there – as well as several well-taken goals, and plenty of them going by his current scoring-rate down at the Stadium of Light.
Yet can Sunderland really afford to part ways with their current top goal-scorer right in the here and now, or would such a decision simply represent top-flight suicide for David Moyes and his current Black Cats outfit?
Would love to get Defoe but Sundeland will be officially crazy if they sell him. 100% relegation without him.
— ☘Irish Tommy 5280 ⚒ (@tomster36) 29 December 2016
I'm all for Defoe coming back but no chance are Sunderland gonna sell their most important player mid season
— Jack (@Jack_hobson12) 30 December 2016
The short answer would seemingly be – no, Sunderland would be mad to let go of Jermain Defoe this January, regardless of how much they could admittedly receive for an ageing 34-year-old who simply isn’t getting any younger.
Defoe arguably represents Sunderland’s only real chance of staying up this season, for without the former England international’s goals to count upon in 2016/17 – the Black Cats would already go down as dead certs for the drop. Put in no uncertain terms whatsoever, few among the English top-flight could ever take David Moyes seriously if such an outcome were to eventually take place this winter.
Sunderland could theoretically land a promising young centre-forward looking to make his mark in the Premier League as a result of losing Jermain Defoe in the upcoming January transfer window – yet if the long-standing survivalists somehow see fit to send their most prized asset off to potential relegation rivals next month – such a move could never be justified in the eyes of the Black Cats faithful.
Then again, as West Ham United will reportedly come a-callin’ for Jermain Defoe’s services in the not too distant future, perhaps Sunderland will ultimately be left with little choice but to concede defeat in this entire saga. If the player has already set his mind on leaving the Stadium of Light this January, maybe Moyes’ energy would be better spent trying to secure his replacement, rather than begging the striker to reluctantly stay put.
But on the other hand, perhaps Defoe is keen to finish the season with his current employers before embarking upon a new chapter within his already successful top-flight career. As the January transfer window often goes down as somewhat of a unpredictable period among the English top-flight, it remains to be seen just what will really come of Jermain Defoe’s future in the next coming weeks…