Defoe handed Sunderland debut at Spurs - as Poyet tries 3-5-2 formation

Jermain Defoe during his Toronto days.
Jermain Defoe during his Toronto days.
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NEW SIGNING Jermain Defoe went straight into the Sunderland line-up for today’s trip to his former club Spurs.

Defoe started up front alongside Steven Fletcher, as Gus Poyet opted to hand the striker a baptism of fire in a shock 3-5-2 formation.

After playing 4-1-4-1 for the entire season, Poyet decided on a fresh approach, with three centre-halves, Billy Jones and Patrick van Aanholt as wing-backs, and a central midfield trio of Seb Larsson, Jack Rodwell and Adam Johnson.

SPURS: Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Dembele, Stambouli, Chadli, Kane, Eriksen, Soldado. Subs: Vorm, Davies, Naughton, Capoue, Paulinho, Townsend, Adebayor

SUNDERLAND: Pantilimon, Jones, van Aanholt, Brown, O’Shea, Vergini, Larsson, Rodwell, Johnson, Fletcher, Defoe. Subs: Wickham, Gomez, Graham, Coates, Giaccherini, Mannone, Buckley.

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