Richard Mennear analysis: Sunderland ace Jermain Defoe joins the 150-club in some style

Swapping Jozy Altidore for Jermain Defoe in January 2015 has long been viewed as one of the best transfer deals Sunderland have ever pulled off.

Saturday, 19th November 2016, 6:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 10:20 am
Jermain Defoe scores his 150th Premier League goal.

And the 34-year-old continues to shine for the Black Cats.

The inspiration behind last season's survival, his 15-goals proving crucial in the run to safety.

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Still fit as a fiddle, Defoe can't stop scoring this season either. The club's top scorer notched his seventh of the season in the 3-0 win over Hull City.

Seven in 13 appearances. More importantly, it was a landmark goal for the striker.

His 34th minute opener against Hull City was his 150th Premier League goal in his 443rd appearance.

His record in 2016 is stunning. Defoe has scored more Premier League goals this calendar year than any other Englishman (18) - and only Sergio Aguero has scored more (25).

Jermain Defoe in action.

Victor Anichebe will steal the headlines after another superb performance; a real battering ram up front for Sunderland.

He was physical, aggressive and bullied the Hull City defence.

If his Sunderland teammates can continue to play the ball into his feet in the area, then he is a real threat.

Anichebe has also proved he is a clinical finisher. Three goals in two games. After taking some stick, manager David Moyes can reflect on a shrewd piece of business - Anichebe arriving

Jermain Defoe in action.

on a free transfer after leaving West Bromwich Albion in the summer.

While Anichebe excelled, it was Defoe's stunning opener that got the Black Cats up and running.

Anichebe and Duncan Watmore were involved in the build-up, with the latter flicking the ball on towards Defoe who beat three men before rifling a low shot past David Marshall.

He had ghosted past Curtis Davies, Ahmed Elmohamady and skipper Michael Dawson before netting - a fitting strike for a big landmark.

Defoe scored his first top-flight goal for West Ham United in a win over Ipswich back in late October 2001.

Fifteen years on he joins an elite group who have notched 150 in the top flight including Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney, Andy Cole, Frank Lampard, Thierry Henry, Robbie Fowler and

Michael Owen.

Sunderland will need him to continue to add to that tally over the coming months.

But with him and Anichebe up front, they have a real chance of preserving their top flight status.