Alan Pardew was manager of West Ham for about three years from 2003 through 2006, and during that time he managed striker Jermain Defoe, who joined the Hammers form Charon Athletic in 1999 when he was 16 years old.
Jermain Defoe – in England colors
Jermain scored a penalty for Spurs in the Europa League game on Thursday night against Moldova’s Sheriff Tiraspol in the 2-1 win, and he became the Europa League’s top scorer at the moment with five goals, and he now has 23 total goals in European competition, which is one more than Martin Chivers.
Alan Pardew thinks Jermain could play tomorrow against Newcastle, and he had this to say about the England striker:
“I worked with Jermain at West Ham and think he is a fantastic player,” “When the ball comes into him, whether it is left foot, right foot, he is hugely effective.”
“He’s also good in the air for a fairly small fella. He’s a terrific player, but really and truly I do not think he would come to this football club.”
“There was a little bit of interest from us in the summer, but he is a Spurs player and I think he is doing a good job there. Whenever he is called upon, he scores, so I would not be surprised if they start him on Sunday.”
Newcastle of course were after a number of strikers in the summer, and not only Jermain Defoe but also another Englishman in Darren Bent, but we were unsuccessful and got only Loic Remy on a season long loan deal, and Bent went to Fulham for the season on loan.
Maybe we’ll go after another striker in January, but we’re not sure if it would be Defoe – but maybe on a loan deal for half a season would be a decent deal?
Jermain may not want to come to Newcastle permanently, but maybe he would come for half a season if he knew he would get more playing time than at Spurs, and he’s still keen to make the England squad for the World Cup finals in Brazil next summer.
What do you think?