Ryan Bertrand rates Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe as one of the best in the Premier League.
Saints will be up against the forward at the Stadium of Light this afternoon, with Defoe having netted 14 top-flight goals already this term for the division’s bottom-placed side.
Ahead of the clash with the Black Cats, Bertrand told reporters: “It’s as they say, class is permanent and he’s arguably one of the best in the league at what he does.
“He’s come back and playing in, with due respect, a lesser side – according to the table at least – and still producing the goals.
“He fully deserves everything and he should get more recognition than he does.
“I’ve had brief spells with him and he’s been very professional in his approach to football, and that proves again that perhaps age is just a number, and 14 goals in the Premier League is no small feat and he deserves all the recognition that he should get.
“No-one doubts that he is a threat in front of goal and will score goals.”