Manchester United Football Club have made a brilliant start to the 2017/18 campaign, with Jose Mourinho’s men scoring goals for fun. The Red Devils sit at the summit of the Premier League table, alongside fierce rivals Manchester City. In those games, Romelu Lukaku has scored five league goals.
However, former England manager-turned-pundit Glenn Hoddle has hinted that he’s surprised that one of the top six (before name-dropping United) should have brought in none other than Jermain Defoe…
The veteran striker was part of the Sunderland side that got relegated last term, but then he moved to AFC Bournemouth – for whom he scored his first goal on Friday night.
Hoddle reckons that if he were at United or Arsenal, he’d get four or five chances from off of the bench – and you’d fully expect him to hit the back of the net with one of those opportunities.
‘You know if you give him one chance [he’s going to score],’ Hoddle told BT Sport, as per The Metro.
‘I am so surprised one of the top six teams in this country haven’t taken him and got him back in.’
‘Give him chances and he’ll put the ball in the net. Some people they run out of steam at 33.’
‘This fella keeps himself fit and he only needs one chance in a game.’
‘If he was at United or Arsenal or something and he’s coming on for a half hour every game, he would get four or five chances.’
On paper, it certainly sounds like a good move. I’m an admirer of Defoe’s ability to stick the ball in the back of the net – but he just doesn’t fit into a typical Mourinho team.
You look at the aforementioned Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The self-proclaimed Special One tends to opt for the taller striker, rather than someone built in Defoe’s mould. Then, you wonder
Then, you wonder as to where he’d be in the pecking order. Not only would he be behind both Ibrahimovic and Lukaku, I’d also place him after both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial… That doesn’t take away from his scoring prowess, however, and I hope he does well for Bournemouth.