By Amir Mir
Slaven Bilic has described Jermain Defoe’s finishing as “absurd” ahead of West Ham’s clash against Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.
Hammers boss Bilic takes on David Moyes’ Sunderland at the London Stadium, with the Scotsman having former England striker Defoe amongshis attacking armoury.
However, despite the presence of a high quality forward, the Black Cats are the only team in the league who have not registered a win this term.
But, that did not stop Bilic from praising Defoe, as he gave an insight into what Niko Kranjcar told him about the former Tottenham man.
“He came back maybe better than before [from MLS], which is amazing,” said Bilic, as quoted by the Mirror.
“I spoke with Niko Kranjcar, my midfield player for Croatia — he played with Jermain at Portsmouth and Spurs and as ahe played with some top strikers.
“He told me that, by far, the best movement was from Jermain Defoe, and you can see that when you’re watching the game, when you’re analysing the opponent – the freshness is there.
“His finishing, it’s absurd. So he’s still a great player.”
Defoe has scored four goals in eight appearances for a struggling Sunderland side this season, adding to his 15 goals under Sam Allardyce last season, which kept the north east side in the Premier League.
Bilic’s side recorded a 1-0 win in their last league outing against Crystal Palace, which lifted the east London club from the relegation zone.
The Irons are now 15th with seven points from eight games, while their opponents are rock bottom on just the two points.
In other West Ham team news, the club’s managing director Karen Brady has aimed a dig at Hammers striker Andy Carroll.