AFC Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe scored his 200th and 201st League goals of his career on Saturday against Crystal Palace.
Buzzing to score my 200th goal today. Shame we couldn`t take all three points but we`ll take a point after a big save from @asmir1 at the end!
? Jermain Defoe (@IAmJermainDefoe) December 9, 2017
The England strikers career looks set to be bookended by two spells with AFC Bournemouth.
Jermain Defoe joined the Cherries on loan from West Ham United in October 2000 with his first league goal coming on his debut in Division Two against Stoke City in a 2-1 defeat on 28th October 2000.
He went on to score an incredible 19 goals in 30 league and FA Cup appearances. Breaking the post war record for goals scored in consecutive games (11 goals in 10 games). Although this record was later disputed.
Defoe’s goals lifted AFC Bournemouth to within touching distance of the Division Two play-offs, however the Cherries missed out on the final day.
He returned to his parent club, where he spent the next four years, scoring 40 goals in just over 100 appearances.
He would go on to play for Tottenham Hotspur (twice), scoring 143 times across his two spells, he has also scored 17 times for Portsmouth, 11 times for MLS side Toronto and 37 times for Sunderland.
On 29th June 2017 he sensationally returned to Dean Court on a free transfer from Sunderland.
Due to injury, the start of the 2017/18 campaign for Defoe has been stop-start, his first goal since his return was the winner against Brighton & Hove Albion in September and he has had to wait until this past weekend to score his second and 200th of his career.
? BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) December 9, 2017
A historic picture…@IamJermainDefoe‘s 2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣th league goal of his career.
? AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) December 9, 2017
The number of times Jermain made diagonal runs today and pointed where he wanted the ball to be delivered to but the pass to him wasn’t made.
His second goal came as a result of a precise pass over the top by Lewis Cook.
It reminded me of that fabulous lob over the keeper at Oxford in his first spell with us. Boxing Day 2000? – Join the conversation here.
It’s easy to join AFCB Vital
Sign up and have your say on the articles, polls and forums, just click the link to register.