Should I Stay or Should I Go: Jermain Defoe.
Ever since he scored for fun whilst on loan at Bournemouth, Jermain Defoe has been hailed as a finished of the highest order.
Reputations and facts are all too often not totally accurate and sadly in the case of Jermain, he has probably never quite lived up to the media hype and reputation, though it is without question that he is a very decent player. Question is, whether he is a player that genuinely fits into AVB plans and also whether he is quite decent enough for a side that is aspiring to play Champions league football and also demands a 20+ goals a season striker.
Last season, Jermain scored 19 goals in 49 games for club and country, which on paper isn't too shabby, especially when we consider that he was often either subbed or the sub on many occasions. However he scored fourteen of those goals in the first 25 games and only five on the last 24. Of course there were a few injuries and perhaps a lack of consecutive games he enjoyed in the first half of the season, but the jury is still out over his ability to be a lone striker and also ever score the amount of goals and bring others into play that our style appears to demand.
When we consider that Jermain will be 31 in October, you don't imagine that his best days are ahead of him and although I wouldn't be too upset at our keeping him next season, it would be more for his ability from the bench as opposed to being a starter and I can't see that being to his liking and perhaps he would happily accept a final payday and regular football over being a bit part performer.
It is suggested that Stoke City are interested in buying Jermain for around £7m and if we could secure a deal for David Villa at somewhere close to that, you feel it is a definite upgrade in player and also status and leadership. That isn't a negative towards Defoe, but for similar fee, albeit bigger wages, you assume, we get a World Cup winner and a better all-round player that seems to suit our system much more.
Villa is only ten months older that Defoe and I can't see too many supporters or even football 'experts' that would see that move as a negative and you can imagine that Villa would be able to outscore Defoe, and add extra bite and versatility to the team and also offer an inspirational and awe inspiring presence to some on the training pitch. I can imagine what someone like Harry Kane would think about training and talking to someone of that stature...