Jermain Defoe has barely featured for Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side this season and now, there are suggestions that Roy Hodgson may look to offer the 36-year-old a lifeline by securing him on loan for the rest of the 2018-19 campaign.
A veteran of the English game, Defoe has scored a mind-boggling 273 goals in just under 700 appearances for his various clubs over the years and currently sits seventh on the list of the Premier League’s all time top scorers with a hugely impressive 162. Just one more goal would see him draw level with Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, whilst he needs just 13 more to match the great Thierry Henry; more than enough reason to keep on playing for another year or two.
With Palace’s need for goals obvious to anyone with even the most basic of footballing IQ’s, it’s clear to see the thinking behind a short-term deal for someone with such obvious pedigree in front of goal. Obviously, Jermain’s advancing years may well mean he struggles to last 90 minutes but as an option off the bench, it makes a great deal of sense to be able to rely upon him to stick the ball in the back of the net.
When pondering over the potential deal I can’t help but be reminded of a similar move we made for Kevin Phillips in the second half of the 2012-13 season, which ended up working out extremely well for both parties. Both men are well respected across the game and have a history of lethal finishing, which given our wastefulness in front of goal this term, would make for a hugely welcomed change.
All too often since August, our players have fluffed their lines when it has looked easier to score than miss but with Defoe, we would be getting a man who has made a career out of bagging goals when the pressure is on. It may not represent a long-term plan but given our current plight, it’s difficult to build a case against Palace pulling the trigger.