Rangers veteran Jermain Defoe is such a dead-eye finisher he will be a huge asset to the club in the second half of the season.
That is according to his former England teammate Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley about the enduring brilliance of the 38-year-old striker.
Defoe has had to bide his time for opportunities at Rangers this season following the big-money summer signings of Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten.
But the goalscoring legend, who recently scored his 300th club goal, demonstrated in Sunday’s 4-0 drubbing of Falkirk he still has a huge role to play in what is proving a remarkable season.
Defoe started the Scottish League Cup clash and opened the scoring with a sixth-minute goal as Steven Gerrard’s side extended their unbeaten run this season to 23 matches in all competitions.
Asked if he was surprised that Defoe is still banging in the goals at the top level, Agbonlahor told Football Insider:
“No, I’m not surprised. I feel to play at the age that Defoe is playing, and the level that he’s playing at, you have to have more to your game than just speed and awareness.
“If you’ve got a finish like Jermain Defoe’s got… you look at Ronaldo, you look at the players that play after 35, they’re the players that don’t just rely on their pace.
“Jermain Defoe can play until he decides to not play anymore because he’s one of the best
finishers England has ever seen and the Premier League’s ever seen and I’ve seen anywhere.
“He just needs a yard, he might not be the same with his pace but, when you are such a good finisher, you can bring so much more to a team than just running behind.
“So for me, I’m not surprised, he’s always been a goal scorer, and he’ll continue to score goals.”
Defoe has scored three goals in six Rangers appearances this season, as well as supplied two assists.
Since joining Rangers in January 2019, he has played 58 times, scoring 28 goals and supplying 10 assists.