Defoe display shows years are catching up

jermain-defoe-STR_1510278cI watched Jermain Defoe closely on Saturday afternoon and came to one inescapable conclusion.

We really shouldn’t buy him this summer.

Ok, maybe I shouldn’t judge on one look – and it has to be said he was in terrific form form for England against a poor Lithuania team – but at 34 he clearly appears to be losing that vital edge of speed.

Not once did he get in behind our patchwork defence which hasn’t been the toughest job for quick forwards so far this season!

The stats seem to confirm that the longer the season has gone on the less effective he has become as a scoring presence with his last League goals coming on February 4 in the 4-0 win over Palace.  He may not be quite a spent force but the years appear to be catching up.

He had managed six in December and January which was why the clamour for his signature reached a crescendo but now as the season winds down towards what seems an inevitable relegation he should be allowed to explore other options.

Jermain has made all the right headlines for all the right reasons this term but I don’t want to see one proclaiming his return.

Let’s get the Michy Batshuyai deal done.





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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

11 comments on “Defoe display shows years are catching up

  1. While he hasn’t played well for the last 3 games you have to remember the team he is playing in. I think we should sign him on either a 2 year deal or a one year rolling contract, he will still score more goals a season than Carroll or any of our other forwards and we don’t have to play him for 90 minutes every game we can use him as a super sub in some games.

  2. He is a spent force. Seen him for England many times and against decent central defenders, he is invisible. This season will be his last decent run and that probably ended in 2016. Buying him would show no ambition and be another waste of money.

  3. Yeah I’ve just about come to that conclusion. We should not go for him, we should’ve got him 2 years ago. Tell who I would love to see, and I noticed Mrs Brady paid him a compliment in her column on Saturday and that Wayne Rooney. He’s only 31 and he’s definitely got 2/3 years in him. Can’t see him coming, can only see him going to China or the US but I wonder, Brady got me thinking.

  4. I have watched Defoe on a number of occasions this season and I can tell you one thing, never have I seen him have the chances to shoot and turned them down to pass the ball off, totally looked like he didn’t want to score against us yesterday, for me I would bring him in on a two year contract, if batchuyai was gona be able to score a hatful he would have been given more chances, rather have Defoe on free than bat on 25 to 30 million to be honest, at least with no euro games we may concentrate on three quality signings this summer rather than topping up the numbers with squad players, would also like to see Oxford, Burke, Martinez and the guy we got from arsenal given a few games next season as well but Burke as cb not right back as he is too slow

  5. Think you are being harsh, playing in a bad team, and like many players last few games Jermaine has not been at his best, but still 14 Premier League goals this season, wish out strikers could do so well LOL!

  6. You mean Wasnt Happy Then I Died…

  7. I read it and after over 60 years of support what is still my great club i just wanted to grab the big man and shake him by the collar.
    We have been through many peaks and troughs,more troughs i admit during my years but it is still my great club and will be until my toes are pointing up.
    I actually said to my missus a few weeks ago if i ever get as melancholy and miserable as that lot she has full powers to play the euthanasia card on me lol

    • Barbara Cartland couldn’t write a better weepy,sickly,over the top novel…

      • Lmao lads. I took great exception to his comment that our club was once great. It’s still great and will always be great and the day I don’t think that is the day I’ll go support someone else. After that I just had to laugh especially the bit about “I won’t list the faults” and then he goes on to do just that. Better still after slagging off the club for 5 paragraphs he then says “if I now take off my claret and blue glasses” WHAT???? My God bad would it have been if he wasn’t wearing them from the start 😂😂😂

        Voice of reason and Ro Hammer seem to be the only defenders of this ridiculous over reaction on that site now. It’s funny ridiculous and sad all in one. I like HH but that’s just awful and it’s a pity Dale allowed it to be published.

        • H dressed as Barbara Cartland,now thats something i dont want staying in my mind for long 😂
          I heard the BBC have approached H to become the new script writer for Eastenders,they feel that the storylines are a bit too cheerful at the moment and they want him to make them a bit darker 😂😂

  8. I think you might be right on Defoe Hugh. Sadly. If he was on a free I would still be inclined to make a move for him- perhaps on a one season contract. BUT only as a back up. Not as the elusive ‘marquee’ signing Mr S might try to slip past us. Still think that on the striker front a lot depends on how the Sakho situation develops in next month.

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