Debut proves we should not write Defoe off just yet

Two chances, two goals.

If ever a game encapsulated a player, then Jermain Defoe’s debut for Toronto FC was surely it. His match-winning double against the Seattle Sounders showed the former Spurs man at his best: poise, calmness personified, and a deadly instinct to match.

Was there ever any doubt that Defoe would fill his boots in Major League Soccer? Supporters of Toronto FC, a club synonymous with failure, in MLS circles at least, could be forgiven for fearing that this ultimate marquee signing would somehow go belly-up. Indeed, where Toronto are concerned, things are rarely straightforward.

It was a blessed relief, then, that the manner of this victory could so clearly be transcribed, that Defoe appeared so elevated above the rest of the game. Two one-on-ones, two goals, and some brave rearguard action.

As an Englishman studying out in Toronto, I am keener than most for Defoe to spearhead a brave new era for the Reds, and the signs are certainly promising. Having taken a great deal of flak from all quarters, and carrying the hopes of 17,000 season ticket holders on his shoulders- who says ‘soccer’ isn’t big in North America?- Defoe knows he has to deliver.

Question marks about the quality of the opposition will never be far away for the striker. Admittedly, as a staunch supporter of MLS, the quality of defending for Defoe’s second goal will raise a few knowing smirks from the cynics.

A wayward back-pass and all the time in the world, and Defoe had his brace. But the striker is what he is. He takes chances, whether it be in the Premier League, in MLS, or in the World Cup.

Ah yes. The World Cup. Nobody can doubt Defoe’s prowess; he is Tottenham’s fifth highest goalscorer of all time. A record like that should not be taken lightly. And yet Defoe probably finds himself an outsider for Roy Hodgson’s squad.

It may well be a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’ for the England manager, whilst everybody else may find it easy to dismiss whatever Defoe achieves in Canada as ‘cheap goals’.  Ultimately, his decision to move abroad may well cost him.

There’s every chance that it could all come down to a shoot-out between Defoe and Danny Welbeck. But for two players whose game is so ostensibly reliant on confidence, goal tallies of any form should not be ignored. Defoe’s quality was so clear for all to see on Saturday that it’s quite conceivable that the striker could go on some sort of super-human scoring streak.

Cheap goals or not, that will bring a confidence that could be difficult to ignore. By contrast, Welbeck, in an increasingly poisonous atmosphere at Old Trafford, may be a fragile man by the time May comes around.

So, to sum up, keep a keen eye on things over on this side of the pond. It’d be a brave man that’d bet against Defoe taking a one-on-one, even against the likes of Uruguay and Italy. Don’t dismiss Defoe as a footballing castaway just yet.

Article Rating

Leave a reply

Ed Higgs
Student trying to find his feet in the world of sports journalism. Mainly specialise in football and cricket, but willing to try my hand at anything. Always welcoming feedback!
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
The Game: This coming weekend will be the last round of the inaugural Super Rugby Aotearoa tournament in New Zealand. Full focus goes towards Dunedin where the Otago Highlanders host the Wellington Hurricanes, in what is set to be a mouthwatering encounter between these two major Super Rugby franchises. As the Crusaders lifted the trophy last week Sunday, there's still plenty to play for as the Highlanders will seek revival as they sit second from...
None of us have been able to watch our favourite player or team play due to this Covid-19 pandemic around the globe. A really tough time for any sports fan. Recently though, England Cricket Board (ECB) broke this chain by going forward with a test series against the West Indies. The series happened in England, and they went onto win it   2-1 as well. This was a relief for all the cricket fans and it...
The NBA playoffs are going to be very good this season with no clear answer as to who could win it all. We've seen teams like the Rockets give the top dogs in the West a ton of trouble. We've also seen teams like the Pacers somehow do better in the standings than the heavily favored 76ers. This season's been a great one so far, but now it's time to start looking at predictions. 16...
Juventus have suffered a lot since the Covid-19 pandemic struck and are looking to cut costs to recover from financial issues. Reports say, Juventus have offered the five time Ballon D'or Winner, Cristiano Ronaldo to Barcelona. Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Juventus? Guillem Balague,Spanish football expert claims that Cristiano Ronaldo has been offered to Barcelona to reduce the wage bills of the club. Cristiano Ronaldo had a terrific 2019/20 campaign with the club. He has netted 35...
There are many tactics in the world of sports betting. One of the best is hedging. Hedging your soccer bets means you are taking action to improve your chances of winning. An example might be if you bet on Manchester City to win the Premier League title at the start of the season. If it was a close finish, you might not be confident that the bet will win. In these circumstances, you have...
The Houston Astros made it to the 2017 MLB World Series and beat the Dodgers in 7 games. They celebrated and got to hold the Commissioner's trophy. Jose Altuve the second basemen for the team at the time won the MVP award that year. He narrowly beat out Aaron Judge who hit 52 home runs in his rookie season. However, it has since come out that they cheated their way to the World Series. All...
Manchester City have submitted a bid against one of their rivals, Manchester United's summer target. United have defender Kalidou Koulibaly on their transfer radar for quite sometime now. The Red Devils are currently facing some tough times after the Jadon Sancho deal blew off. The club's chief, Ed Woodward now has apparently suffered another major blow. Kalidou Koulibaly could be headed to Manchester City Ed Woodward has been putting up efforts to sign the 20 year...
Great News for IPL freaks! With the Indian cricket remaining in the deep freeze for the past 5 months in the wake of pandemic, some exciting news popped up in the middle of all negative news of COVID deaths from the Board of Control for Cricket in India.(B.C.C.I) headquarters. In what can be a severe shot in the arm of the coronavirus as the Indian cricketing body decided to render a short term vaccine for...
The Colorado Rockies won again on Tuesday night, and Charlie Blackmon recorded three more hits. His batting average is now at .484 which is the best start since Barry Bonds hit .525 through the first 16 games in 2004. The last time a batter hit .400 was Ted Williams in 1941. He hit .406 while playing in 143 games. Nolan Arenado recorded two RBI's, with a two-run homer in the 4th inning. That home...
The Indiana Pacers have had a weird season, as despite their superstar in Victor Oladipo being injured, they've held the 5th seed down. They're a team that's been sneaky good defensively as they're 6th in the NBA in defensive rating. They only are 18th on offensive rating and overall 13th in Net Rating. Most people disregard this team because they aren't the Lakers, Clippers, or Bucks. I am not of this mindset that you...
0 0 vote
Article Rating
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x