Jermain Defoe ‘as fit as ever’ and will keep Sunderland up, says former team-mate Rose

GOALSCORER ... Jermain Defoe and Danny Rose train during their time together at Tottenham.
GOALSCORER ... Jermain Defoe and Danny Rose train during their time together at Tottenham.
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SUNDERLAND fans are right to be excited about the imminent arrival of Jermain Defoe – as the striker will fire the Black Cats to Premier League safety.

That’s the view of ex-Sunderland loanee Danny Rose, a former team-mate of Defoe’s at Tottenham Hotspur.

Defoe’s capture is expected to be confirmed by Sunderland today, with the England international set to join in a deal which would see Jozy Altidore go the opposite way to Toronto FC.

Rose – who impressed on Wearside during his loan spell from Tottenham between 2012 and 2013 – has no doubt the 32-year-old still has what it takes to score goals regularly in the Premier League.

And the left-back believes Defoe will make the difference for Gus Poyet’s side, who currently sit 16th in the Premier League having scored just 18 league goals this season, and face Rose’s Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Rose told talkSPORT: “I’m a bit in shock really that he has made the move, but we wish him all the best and we hope that he’s not playing at the weekend.

“I was a little bit shocked (he went to MLS), because if you know Jermain, he’s as fit as ever, he keeps himself in incredible shape and he loves scoring goals.

“I reckon that he’ll help Sunderland pick up their form and he’ll keep them up this year.”