STATS: How do Defoe and Altidore compare after swap moves?

Sunderland and Toronto swapped strikers in January in a deal that saw Jermain Defoe return to the Premier League, with Jozy Altidore returning to Major League Soccer after a seven-year European adventure.

The pair have both scored goals since crossing either side of the Atlantic and although the two leagues are different in terms of quality, the players can be compared as they both play as central strikers.

Toronto have endured a mixed start to the season with just four wins from their opening ten games but Altidore is the team’s joint top scorer with five.

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He is now out with a hamstring injury but has certainly looked better than the player who only netted one Premier League goal in 42 games for the Black Cats.

Defoe helped Sunderland to escape relegation this season with his four goals after joining in January but how do the pair compare over the last year or so?

Stats (MLS & EPL since 2014)

Appearances Goals (Per 90 Mins) Assists Chances Created (Per 90 Mins) Total Shots (Per 90 Mins)

Shot Accuracy

Jermain Defoe 


15 (0.45) 2 35 (1.1) 92 (2.8)


Jozy Altidore 


5 (0.47) 0 12 (1.1) 23 (2.1)


Comparing Defoe’s stats from his time with Toronto and Sunderland since March 2014 with Altidore’s from August 2014 at the start of the latest Premier League season, we can see the pair are closely matched.

Defoe has played significantly more games than Altidore, scoring ten more goals but the USMNT forward is averaging more goals per 90 minutes than the Englishman.

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Altidore also boasts better shooting accuracy than Defoe, though the former Spurs man has two assists compared to the 25-year-old American and has also recorded more shots per 90 minutes.

Both have created just over one chance per 90 minutes and their statistics are very similar.

Toronto probably got the better deal out of the trade as they acquired allocation money as well as the player, and Altidore is seven years younger.

But Defoe has clearly been more valuable to Sunderland, scoring three more league goals than Altidore managed in 25 more appearances already.

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Jermain Defoe seals switch to Sunderland from MLS side Toronto FC

Jermain Defoe has signed for Premier League side Sunderland from Toronto FC on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The 32-year-old is a renowned prolific goalscorer and has previously been successful for every club he’s played for with 124 Premier League goals already to his name.

Sunderland will become the sixth team that Defoe has played for in his professional career, having previously been at West Ham United, Bournemouth (on loan), Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and Toronto FC.

“I’ve always enjoyed coming up here and playing against Sunderland because of the stadium and the supporters. It is a great place to play and I’m really looking forward to it,” Defoe told the Sunderland website.

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Manager Gus Poyet said, “I know all about his attributes and his qualities first-hand and his exceptional goalscoring record speaks for itself. He has something different, something special.”

In his overall career, Defoe has scored an astonishing 245 goals for club and country in 586 appearances.

Jozy Altidore is expected to be heading in the other direction as part of the deal and it seems like only a matter of time until the move is completed.

Altidore’s move to Toronto FC is more complicated than Defoe’s switch to Sunderland due to the implications in place because of the MLS allocation ranking rules.

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Toronto lower asking price for Jermain Defoe with Spurs return linked

Jermain Defoe could be one step closer to a Premier League return with Tottenham Hotspur less than 12 months after leaving the club for Major League Soccer with Toronto FC.

That’s because the Canadian-based MLS club have reportedly lowered their asking price for the striker to £3 million with a host of Premier League teams interested.

Defoe returned to North London with Spurs this week to train with the club’s development squad in order to stay match fit, and Mauricio Pochettino refused to comment on whether the Toronto star could return to White Hart Lane for a third time.

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“No comment about that. Jermain is a big idol for the supporters, but his situation is clear,” the Spurs managed said ahead of the team’s game against Crystal Palace this weekend.

Defoe scored 137 goals in 352 appearances during his two previous spells at Tottenham before joining Toronto for £6 million last year.

His huge wage demands have meant clubs such as Hull City, Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers have held off making a move for the English forward, though QPR manager Harry Redknapp – who has managed Defoe at West Ham, Portsmouth and Spurs, did make an attempt to sign him in August.

Spurs could afford to bring back the 32-year-old striker in a move that would delight supporters, but Daniel Levy is unlikely to bring Defoe back unless one of the current strikers is sold first.

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Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado have failed to make any sort of impact now, scoring just three Premier League goals between them so far this year. Harry Kane has been the star, netting 17 goals in all competitions but the Lilywhites still need to bolster their attack.

Defoe could remain in MLS but the next three weeks will decide his future as the January transfer window shuts at the end of the month and if he is still a Toronto player then, he will be able to concentrate on at least another season in Canada.

While the Reds are rumoured to be interested in signing Jozy Altidore from Sunderland this month but will need to sell Defoe before any deal could take place as they have three designated player spots filled already.

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Hull City join chase for Jermain Defoe as Steve Bruce admits interest

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has admitted that he would be interested in bringing Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe back to the Premier League this month.

The English forward is in high demand as Queens Park Rangers and Leicester are just two other Premier League clubs also believed to be looking at Defoe.

“If he becomes available, which I believe he is, then we’d love to do something,” Bruce said.

“I think it might be too expensive but it’s not a bad bit of speculation.

“There’s always speculation. You ask any club in the bottom of the division about Defoe, all of us would say yes. Whether we can do it financially is another problem,” the Hull manager added.

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Toronto have not ruled out a departure for their star forward, who netted 11 goals in 19 appearances during his debut season in Major League Soccer, but would likely part ways with him if the price was right.

The 32-year-old joined the club from Spurs in a £6 million deal last January and penned a four-year contract worth £68,000 per week which could potentially rise to £90,000 with the Canadian-based MLS club.

That figure will be difficult to match for clubs in the bottom half of the Premier League but the need for goals may see clubs such as Hull and QPR stretch their budget for the former Spurs hero.

Defoe has not said that he wants to leave Toronto and could well start the 2015 season with the club, but he is believed to be interested in a return to England if the offer comes.

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A loan move could still be the best option for all parties, as Defoe would get to play a few games back in the Premier League, offering much needed help to one of the sides interested. And he would be sharp ahead of the new MLS season as a result.

The rumours just won’t go away as far as Defoe’s future is concerned but we can expect to see someone put an offer on the table in the next few weeks.

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Toronto FC “planning on getting Jermain Defoe back” for new MLS season

Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe has been lined up for a move back to England since last summer with reports of a move to QPR consistently talked about. And although his future is not fully cleared, Toronto are planning to have him back.

Having only featured in three of Toronto’s last sixteen games, his Toronto career and Canadian stay looked certain to end as quickly as it began.

But on Thursday Toronto General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko said he expects Defoe to remain in MLS for the 2015 season.

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“We’re planning on getting Jermain back,” Bezbatchenko told reporters whilst giving a speech outing the team’s vision for the future.

“He logs into his account on Sports Office [an online player-management system with a daily line of communication with the coaching staff] and just a couple days ago, he started running on the field.

“If someone comes and there’s an offer, we’ll consider it. We’re planning to have him on our team but we have contingencies, and if he happens not to be here, we have a plan.”

The former Tottenham Hotspur striker moved to Toronto and linked up with former teammate Ryan Nelsen in January 2014 but since Nelsen’s dismissal as head coach, Defoe has struggled for game time despite his impressive goal record of 11 goals in 19 games. Injuries were largely to blame but talks about his future didn’t help.

Toronto FC President Tim Leiweke was even quoted in September as saying “If you don’t want to be here, get the hell out of our way”.

With Defoe’s reported wage of £90,000 a week, the clubs being linked with him may struggle to pay such demands.

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Defoe has been linked with moves to Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers,  and he also seems to be attracting the attentions of Newcastle United. Current QPR manager, Harry Redknapp, who managed Defoe at Portsmouth and at Tottenham is known to be a huge admirer having signed him twice and he is keen to add him to the ranks at Loftus Road.

Toronto head coach Greg Vanney hinted that the club will consider all the options for Jermain Defoe in January with the expectation that he will stick in MLS for a second season.

A loan move to the Premier League is an option during the offseason but a return in time for the new season in March would provide Toronto with an enormous boost.

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QPR manager Harry Redknapp flies to Malaysia to discuss Jermain Defoe deal

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is preparing for what will surely be another active transfer window for the market master as he looks to ensure his side stay in the Premier League.

A move for Jermain Defoe has been touted for some time, and Redknapp flew to Malaysia to discuss details about a possible move for the Toronto FC star with chairman Tony Fernandes yesterday.

Stoke City’s Peter Crouch is also being targeted as Redknapp looks to pair up Defoe and Crouch for the third time in his managerial career, having done so at both Portsmouth and Tottenham in the past.

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Defoe has been very quiet about his future and has refused to rule out staying with Toronto in MLS despite various reports linking him with a move back to the Premier League.

But Redknapp is clearly a huge fan of the 32-year-old’s and will want to sign him as soon as the January transfer window opens in just over a fortnight.

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He must first convince Fernandes that investing in two older players is the right way to go as the QPR chairman will not want to see his side relegated again.

Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe are both players who know the Premier League inside out, but whether or not they can still operate together at the same levels we saw at Spurs is a big question.

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Harry Redknapp confirms QPR interest in Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe’s future is looking further and further away from Toronto FC and Major League Soccer after Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp confirmed his interest in the prolific striker.

Defoe made the move to Toronto less than a year ago and despite such a promising start, injuries prevented the Englishman from maintaining his solid form with the Reds.

The former Spurs forward turns 33 on Friday and although he has remained quiet about where his future lies, Harry Redknapp has admitted that he wants to work with Defoe for the third time.

“He’s a player we’d be interested in but it depends on the expense of the deal,” Redknapp said. “Nothing is anywhere near being concluded. We tried to get him before the deadline but I don’t think there’s been any movement on that one.

“I’m a big fan of Jermain’s – I’ve signed him enough times. He’s a goalscorer and a player you’d obviously like at your club if possible, but the figures would have to be right. I haven’t spoken to the chairman about it yet. We’ll see. I know what we need.”

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The latest on the ongoing story will not help ease Toronto fan’s fears that their star may be on the way out almost as soon as he arrived, but Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment boss Tim Leiweke has assured Reds fans that they are in control of the situation.

“Jermain needs to decide if he wants to be here. If he does, then I think he’s one of the great strikers in MLS. If he does not, then that situation is ours to ultimately decide, not his, because we own his contract. We’re not going to give him away. And so we’re in a good spot.

“The one thing I can promise our fans – one way or another, this will end well for TFC. (I) guarantee it,” Leiweke said.

Defoe led the team in goals with 11 in his debut season in MLS but he looks increasingly likely to make the switch back to England to help QPR with their Premier League survival battle.

He has not made the England team since moving to Canada, and a return to his homeland will surely improve his chances of gaining Roy Hodgson’s recognition once again.

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Defoe “devastated” at England snub but it’s a boost for Toronto FC

By Louis East

Jermain Defoe says he is “devastated” not to have made England’s 23-man squad for the World Cup, but his absence strengthens Toronto FC’s chances this season.

England manager, Roy Hodgson, named his squad for the World Cup on Monday, but Defoe only made the standby list, and he will not travel to Brazil, barring an injury to a striker in the squad.

The 31-year-old striker played for England at the 2010 World Cup and scored one goal for the Three Lions at the tournament, but he has been overlooked this time by Hodgson.

Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck and Rickie Lambert have been named as the England striker’s, with Jermain Defoe and Andy Carroll having to settle for a place on the standby list.

Defoe made the move away from English football earlier this year to join Toronto, and has been in fine form, scoring four goals in five appearances for The Reds, but the move to MLS may be the reason behind his absence.

“You can’t expect anything but I did feel like I had a good chance of going because I’ve been in most of the squads, if not all the squads, so to miss out, I don’t know, I just feel devastated to be honest,” Defoe said speaking to BBC Radio.

He added that he did not think joining Toronto was a mistake, and wished the England team the best of luck for the tournament.

Toronto will keep hold of Defoe, unless he is called up in place of an injured striker, and Ryan Nelsen’s team will be boosted by news.

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(Photo: Jermain Defoe will remain with Toronto, a boost for The Reds)

Speaking ahead of their Amway Canadian Championship second-leg match against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday, Nelsen said he was surprised that the former Tottenham striker was overlooked.

“I was a bit surprised and disappointed for Jermain because he arguably deserves it. It’s a shame for him, but he’s on the standby (squad) and you never know.”

Defoe will likely feature for The Reds on Wednesday night, as will Michael Bradley and Julio Cesar, before the duo depart for World Cup camps with the USMNT and Brazil respectively.