Jack Rodwell is hoping he will be back amongst the goals for Sunderland in the near future.
The former Everton and Manchester City midfielder came close to opening his account for the season in the 1-1 draw with Swansea at the weekend but his effort was blocked by Ashley Williams, with the ball appearing to strike the defender’s arm.
He managed three league goals during first season on Wearside and he hopes he will be on target soon if he keeps getting into good positions.
“I had a couple of chances. One I thought was handball, the second one I got brought down at the edge of the box,” he said of the game against Swansea.
“There was a couple of shots from the edge of the box – I fired one over with my left foot when I maybe could have played Jermain (Defoe) in – but I’m getting there.”
Team-mate Defoe scored his 130th Premier League goal against Garry Monk’s side and Rodwell has paid tribute to the goalscoring feats of the former England frontman.
Rodwell is an admirer of Defoe’s ability to keep cool when a chance comes along.
“The goal was brilliant,” said Rodwell. “It was a great ball from (Jeremain) Lens as well. Composure, that’s what Jermain is all about in front of goal.
“His goal record is unbelievable. Nine times out of ten in that position he’ll put it in the back of the net and that’s why he’s a top goalscorer.”
Sunderland travel to Aston Villa on Saturday and Dick Advocaat’s team are 4.50 to get their first Premier League win of the season. Tim Sherwood’s Villa are 1.86 while the draw is 3.60.