ANTHONY REVEILLERE is the “easiest player” to work with in the Sunderland squad, insists Gus Poyet.
Veteran full-back Reveillere has enjoyed an impressive start to his Sunderland career after the Black Cats were forced to scour the Bosman market during the Autumn to boost their defensive ranks.
Like the rest of the Sunderland side, Reveillere’s endured a tough night in Wednesday’s defeat to Manchester City, but that was the first blemish in five Black Cats games for the 35-year-old.
Poyet has been hugely impressed by how Reveillere has immediately adapted to the Premier League and maintained his performance levels after spending five months without a club, following his departure from Italian side Napoli at the end of last season.
But the Sunderland boss believes the Frenchman’s vast experience of international and Champions League football has given him the understanding to hit the ground running at Sunderland.
Poyet told the Echo: “I think he’s got so much experience that he’s been able to manage it.
“Among the players that I’ve got here, he’s the only who gets things the quickest.
“Sometimes, players learn things on the tactical board, some learn on the pitch, some you need to show them.
“But he just got it. You just tell him. He knows the game well. That’s why he intercepts balls and is in the right position.
“He’s the easiest player to work with. You don’t need to repeat things or show him things a hundred times.”
Reveillere’s performances have been particularly admirable, given he has spent all-but 37 minutes of his brief Sunderland career at left-back.
While Reveillere has filled in at left-back for both Lyon and Napoli, he made his name at right-back.
But with first-choice left-back Patrick van Aanholt ruled out until the end of January after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder, and Billy Jones still sidelined with a hamstring problem, Poyet has had little option than to use Reveillere there.
“Patrick has got another month and a half at least before he can start training without any complications,” added Poyet.
“We know what Patrick can give us, but for Anthony to play against Palace wingers, Leicester wingers and then Chelsea wingers... oh my God.”
– CHRIS YOUNG