Toronto star backs Sunderland striker to fire

Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe

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JERMAIN Defoe’s arrival at Toronto FC was billed as a “Bloody Big Deal”.

Yet a year later, Defoe was arriving on Wearside.

It didn’t work out for Defoe at Toronto, who took Jozy Altidore in an exchange deal.

But Defoe – set for his first Wear-Tyne derby – could yet be a bloody big deal for relegation-threatened Sunderland between now and the end of the season.

Goals have been a problem for the club this season, and Defoe’s been worth his weight in goals to all his clubs. Caldwell was Defoe’s captain during his year at Toronto and feels his club’s loss is Sunderland’s gain.

“He’ll score goals at any level and at any team,” Caldwell said.

“He certainly has the same instinct he’s always had to score goals.

“I feel he can score goals at any club with the right kind of service.

“As you get older, you need support round about you. He’ll put the ball away if that happens.

“I was disappointed to see him leave Toronto. He’s a great lad, and I got on extremely well with him.

“I think we could have been very successful with him, but he’s gone now, and I wish him all the success at my former team.”