Jermaine Defoe made his second appearance in nearly two months for Bournemouth on November 10th.
Defoe had only eight minutes of playing time at St James’ Park in the Cherries’ Premier League against Newcastle United, taking his total for the season to 252.
His minimal usage highlights how much Bournemouth’s pricey gamble has failed.
Bournemouth re-signed Jermaine Defoe on a three-year deal worth £20 million from Sunderland in 2017. Defoe negotiated a mammoth signing-on-fee, lengthy contract and lofty wages, all at the age of 34.
Before moving to Dean Court, Defoe’s reputation rose in his final two seasons at Sunderland. He scored 15 Premier League goals in 2015/16, another 15 the following season.
However, his first season at Bournemouth was a major disappointment. Four goals in 24 league games were underwhelming for a player who’d produced 30 over the past two campaigns.
An ankle injury then side-lined him for two months. When he returned, his starting place was gone.
Before his injury, the 36-year-old started nine of his 15 league appearances. He made only two from the nine that followed.
Unsurprisingly, Defoe managed just one league goal after his ankle injury.
Meanwhile, Callum Wilson has been in sensational form, scoring six goals and making four assists in 12 league outings. He’s played 1058 minutes from a possible 1080 in the top-flight and likely won’t be dropped unless he’s short of fitness.
Joshua King is ahead of Defoe in the pecking order too, having made nine league appearances.