Rangers' Jermain Defoe ranked second most effective striker in Europe
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Rangers' Jermain Defoe ranked second most effective striker in Europe

Rangers striker Jermain Defoe is ranked above the likes £50m rated Erling Braut Haaland of RB Salzburg and Atalanta hero Luis Muriel as the second deadliest striker in Europe.

Only the on-fire Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich pips the 37-year-old finisher, not exactly terrible company to be keeping.

The striker is averaging a goal every 45 minutes this season and tops the Scottish Premiership’s scoring charts with 10 goals already.

Defoe looks as sharp as ever playing up-front for Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The fact Defoe is largely playing second-fiddle to the on-fire Alfredo Morelos has had little bearing on his success in front of goal this season.

It’s also had little bearing on the duo’s relationship, with Rangers fans revelling in the blossoming bromance between the pair.

He added that 10th strike at the weekend with an immensely well-taken first-time finish off a rebound from the keeper and he continues to look sharp as a tack in the Scottish top-flight.

According to research done by Transfermarkt, Defoe is averaging 1.29 goals per game this season.

This is more than Manchester United-linked Haaland; the 19-year-old Norwegian wonderkid averaging a lowly 1.22.

Is there really that big a difference between Austrian football and the Scottish game?

Jermain Defoe is still proving himself to be one of the best strikers in Europe this season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Luis Muriel is averaging 1.14 whilst the likes of Lazio’s Ciro Immobile is sitting on 1.11.

As for Lewandowski, the rampant Polish forward is light-years in front, averaging 1.44 goals per game this season.

Well, you can’t beat them all Jermain.

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