“He’s a young 33 because he’s not a drinker”
They’ve coincided with a run of just one defeat in nine games which leave the Black Cats just two points from safety going into tomorrow’s home game against Everton.
Defoe has already been voted Supporters’ Player of the Year and his manager is in no doubt that despite hitting 34 later this year, he can continue to bang in the goals on a regular basis.
“He’s a young 33 because he’s not a drinker,” he added. “He looks after himself properly and has always been dedicated.
“He uses all the backroom staff to the maximum he potentially needs in terms of supplementation, diet, nutrition, fluids and recovery.
“And he doesn’t seem to get injured much. He reminds me of Gary Speed, God rest his soul, training every day and performing at a very high level.