Monday, 7 January 2019

Defoe will get game time at Rangers

Watching Jermain Defoe shuffling his feet and wondering what he was doing at AFCB, while others got to play has been difficult to fathom at times. Whether Defoe still has that cutting-edge or not is a gamble that Rangers were willing to take, but Bournemouth didn't push the former West Ham Utd striker's workload high enough, with Wilson and King dominating the team sheets.
Fans didn't see enough of Defoe at AFCB.
The Premiership in Scotland might not be as high a standard as the Premier League in England, but Defoe is a goal-getter as he proved in the MLS and doesn't mind playing in leagues that are of slightly less a standard than where he has made his name. It is a shame that we have not been able to see if Defoe still could cut it in the Premier League. That decision was made by Eddie Howe in training, and not by the performances the fans could see on the pitch.

The move to Rangers is a long loan move for 18-months. So there is little chance that Defoe will play again for Bournemouth. But while Howe is manager on the south coast his opportunities were always likely to be limited. Eddie has been keener to use Defoe as a training buddy for the younger strikers to show them where they can improve their own game. It may be that Defoe was keen to play such a role for a while, but strikers want to score goals in front of crowds and the temptation to play in front of a packed Ibrox is surely where a player of Defoe's calibre should be plying his trade, if the alternative is to sit and watch games at Dean Court.

I hope Defoe has a belter of a season from now until May. He deserves to go out playing games and not being a spectator.

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