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Jermain Defoe to Bournemouth


Jermain Defoe (Sunderland to Bournemouth Free)

Jermain Defoe will be returning to Bournemouth 16 years after his last game for the club, having scored 18 goals while on loan from West Ham during the 2000/01 campaign.

Career so far...

Defoe began his career at Charlton Athletic, joining their youth team aged 14, before moving to West Ham United aged 16 and rising through the ranks. He made his first-team debut for West Ham in 2000, and after a season-long loan spell at Bournemouth in the 2000–01 season, he established himself in the West Ham line-up. After West Ham's relegation in 2003, he would move to Tottenham in January 2004, where Defoe played for four years before being sold to Portsmouth in January 2008. He spent one season at Fratton Park before returning to Tottenham in the January 2009 transfer window.After 5 years at white hart lane He would leave Tottenham for Toronto FC of the MLS in 2014, before returning to England in January 2015 to sign for Sunderland.

In April 2011, Defoe became the 20th player to score a century of Premier League goals, and is currently the seventh-highest goalscorer in Premier League history.He became the fifth highest goalscorer in Tottenham's history in September 2013, and the club's highest goalscorer in European competitions in November 2013. On 19 November 2016, Defoe scored his 150th Premier League goal, becoming the joint tenth-highest goal scorer in Premier League history. Jermain Defoe has played 535 club games scoring 198 goals as well as being capped by England 57 times and scoring 20 goals.

Will this return have a fairy tale ending or will it be mistake for one of the premier league's most prolific marksmen let’s find out.

Season 1




So a decent first season back at Dean court for Defoe netting 16 goals and 4 assists in 35 games. As he helped Bournemouth to premier league survival finishing 16th. Defoe would finish himself  7th in the scoring charts and when you look at the company in that list it’s not a bad return for a free transfer.

Season 2

Would it be second season syndrome for Defoe now at the age of 34 will he still be able to cut it in the top league.



Bournemouth had a much better season this time round as they finished 11th  but how did Defoe do.


Well it wasn't as nearly as prolific making 28 appearances he scored 10 and assisted just 1. But this is not a bad return as by December in the test he hadn't scored in 11 appearances so if you take the second have of the season on its own 10 goals in 17 is not too bad for a player at the end of his career.

Season 3 


This really was the end of Defoe’s career this season. Bournemouth would sign Jordan Rhodes and Defoe faded to the back of the line only making 5 appearances and getting one assist and zero goals.  Bournemouth would go on to finish 14th in the league. They would then release Defoe at the end of the season.

So last season aside the return of Defoe yielded 26 goals over 2 seasons.not bad business for a free transfer signing.  For a team like Bournemouth that could be crucial in their bid to stay in the premiership. 


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Great article mate... Bournemouth have done a neat piece of business by snapping him up, knows the pressures of relegation so will help the club out during a slump...

That being said Defoe is one those few players whose ability to play in the top level cannot be accurately simulated.In last year's version he would be released and retired by now but in real life he just continued his consistent form.Hopefully he proves himself yet again.

Good work.

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Nice article Niall, offered a good read about himself past aswell as seeing a potential glimpse into the future. Great work :D

Seeing him fall behind is quite realistic actually, although great to see he did well. Always liked Defoe 

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The boost having such veterans of the game in the team just can't be underestimated. A lot of managers haven't played the level his players have and those that did excelled, obviously, in their specific position. Players like Defoe have a thing or two to teach the group and young forwards in particular.

Apart from that getting 10+ gls nowadays for a side like Bournemouth is fantastic. If the simulation is anything to go by it'd be a great success. Hope it works out for both club and player.

Good read!

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Thanks guys, Ye I don't think FMM takes into consideration he might play longer which is why he dropped so low after the initial season,


Just wondering can any experienced posters explain why the last image top goalscorer chart keeps appearing there. Iv edited and deleted it many times but it still comes back when I save it. 

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