A DISAPPOINTING 0-0 draw at home to Crystal Palace leaves Gus Poyet’s side still languishing in the relegation zone.
Saturday’s fixture at home to Norwich is another crucial game and the Uruguayan boss must consider recalling these three players if he wants to secure a vital three points...
1) Lee Cattermole
The former Middlesbrough man had a shocker against Hull City in the FA Cup a fortnight ago, but he remains the best holding midfielder that Sunderland have.
With Cattermole protecting the defence, the Black Cats look a different outfit altogether.
Poyet has been using Liam Bridcutt, whom he signed from former club Brighton & Hove Albion in January, in the holding role, but he lacks Premier League experience.
For the trip to Carrow Road, Cattermole’s return to the starting line-up is essential.
2) Jozy Altidore
Neither Jozy Altidore or Steven Fletcher have been prolific in front of goal this season, but the former poses far more of a threat than his Scottish team-mate.
The American international only has one top flight goal to his name since joining the Black Cats in the summer, yet this does not accurately represent his contribution.
Fletcher, who started against Palace last weekend, is terribly off form and another stint on the bench may do him some good.
Sunderland have to score this Saturday and Altidore remains their best option to lead the line.
Giaccherini was not even on the bench for last weekend’s draw with Crystal Palace and Poyet subsequently spoke to the press about the player’s importance to his plans despite the exclusion.
A return to the starting XI on Saturday would be a good way to start for the ex-Juventus midfielder.
For a player of such experience, it is frustrating that Giaccherini has not had the desired impact in the Premier League following his summer move.
However, there is still time for the Italian international to shine and it could start this weekend.
•This article was written by FTBpro’s Richard Bell.
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