Defoe not central to Sunderland’s plans

Date published: Thursday 10th September 2015 10:21

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Striker Jermain Defoe won’t be leading the line for Sunderland this season, according to boss Dick Advocaat.

The 32-year-old has blasted five goals so far this season, including a hat-trick in the League Cup against Exeter, but the former England man has been playing on the left side of Advocaat’s preferred 4-3-3 formation. The former Spurs striker is believed to favour a central role, where he has played for his majority of his career, but Advocaat looks set to throw new boy Fabio Borini in as the central striker against Tottenham on Sunday leaving Defoe to play wide on the left.

“As a striker, Jermain can’t do it on his own upfront. Maybe in a two but not on his own,” said Advocaat, who played Borini at centre forward in a played a behind-closed-doors friendly against Hartlepool.

The Dutchman could play as many as five of his summer signings this weekend as the Black Cats search for their first Premier League win of the season, but on-loan Spurs full-back DeAndre Yedlin is ineligible against his parent club.

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