Defoe an Early Betting Favourite to be Next Season’s Top Scorer?

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Despite being in the twilight of his career, Jermain Defoe has definitely not lost his predatory instincts and keen eye for scoring. The 36-year-old joined Rangers on an 18-month loan from Bournemouth in January, which means he should be able to play a full season at Ibrox in the 2019-20 campaign. Defoe still has the ability to do some serious damage in this league, and it may be a shrewd move to back the English striker to finish as top scorer in his first full season in the Scottish Premiership.

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Defoe is already looking like a great signing for the Gers, and the deal was a testament to the pulling power that Steven Gerrard can have as manager of the club. The Ibrox boss and Defoe are old friends who played together numerous times for England, and they have instantly rekindled their comradery for the benefit of Rangers.

Defoe has made three starts and two substitute appearances for Gerrard’s side since joining from the Cherries and has already notched three goals in that time. The man who made 59 appearances for his country over his long career bagged a goal in his debut match against Kilmarnock, signalling his intent to take the division by storm. This goal meant that the Beckton-born sharpshooter had scored debut goals for five of his last seven clubs.

The fact that Defoe has settled into life in the Scottish Premiership so seamlessly is an early indicator of his potential in the year to come. This term, Alfredo Morelos is leading the way in the top scorer rankings with 15 goals. The Colombian has secured vital wins for Gerrard’s side this season, but with a goal every 120 minutes, his strike rate is inferior to Defoe’s. If Defoe had played a full season with Rangers, he could easily have surpassed the 22-year-old’s goal tally.

If you're unsure about staking on Defoe to end as top goal scorer next season, this would be a good opportunity to use a free bet. This is because it is unclear as to whether the ageing player will get as much game time as other strikers, and also due to the fact that he has had some injury problems and could face lengthy periods on the sidelines. According to a list of free bet offers 2019, bet365 offers up to £400 for new customers. Although the odds aren’t listed for next season, bettors could wait to join sites so they can stake free money on Defoe at the beginning of the 2019-20 campaign. The player has never ended a season as a division’s top scorer, but it is something that he would certainly have his eye on achieving in Scotland before he retires.

Defoe is one of the most prolific goal scorers the UK has seen, and the fact that he has joined Rangers is a coup for the Scottish side. If he can stay fit and get regular action next time out, the former Tottenham Hotspur legend could easily rack up the most goals of any player in the division.

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