#SAFC: Mannone, Vergini, van Aanholt, O’Shea (c), Brown, Cattermole, Larsson, Rodwell, Buckley, Johnson, Fletcher.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) October 25, 2014
This was the Sunderland line-up last weekend... ya know... the one beat 8-0 by Southampton.
#SAFC: Mannone, Vergini, van Aanholt, O'Shea (c), Brown, Cattermole, Larsson, Gomez, Buckley, Wickham, Fletcher.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) October 18, 2014
So, basically, his team gets shellacked and heads are gonna roll, and then he replaces two attackers from the blowout loss. With two players (Johnson, Rodwell) who were amazingly on for five of those goals in just a half hour. Nobody sits in defense. The precious protected midfielders Cattermole and Larsson remain as starters. Buckley, with exactly zero goals or assists in 401 EPL minutes this season remains. Do bear in mind this is a team that has been shut out in four of six league games and conceded multiple goals in half of their eight matches to date. This is a team that cannot (or will not) hold possession, crosses less than four times a game despite overly relying on set pieces for offense and has attempted exactly three through balls all season. Then they all wonder why the strike force has only rung the bell in one of eight games.
Here is the kicker: the best team they have played so far this term is probably Spurs.
I said it last season and I will say it again. Gus Poyet either has no idea what to do here or he is too led by the nose about what others think to do it. Some will say he saved them last season, some will say it was Wickham, and credit goes to the manager for that. Pfft. The sudden desperation of hanging on to paychecks and the midfield deciding to work for the team finally saved them last season. It says here Poyet will not be around for another salvage mission.
I am sure some will think this rant is all about Altidore. In reality, it barely is.
- Greg Seltzer