Poyet ponders Reveillere debut in Sunderland’s Palace trip

Gus Poyet
Gus Poyet

GUS POYET is giving close consideration to handing Bosman signing Anthony Reveillere his Sunderland debut at Crystal Palace on Monday night.

Former France international Reveillere has had more than a fortnight training at the Academy of Light, with the 34-year-old penning a contract until the end of the season with the Black Cats.

Reveillere was an unused substitute for last weekend’s defeat to Arsenal, but with fellow right-back Billy Jones still on the sidelines, Poyet admits the ex-Napoli man is in contention to feature at Selhurst Park on Monday.

Poyet said today: “He’s had an extra week in training and understanding what we want.

“Every week you ask, is this a good game for him to play in? Well, if he doesn’t play, he can go back to France!

“He’s an option that we’re really looking closely at.”

Wes Brown would be the obvious player to make way for Reveillere after his individual clanger handed Arsenal the lead last Saturday - a change that would see Santiago Vergini revert to centre-half alongside John O’Shea.

Goalkeeper Vito Mannone is also vulnerable after his mistake against the Gunners, but Poyet continued to be coy over those at risk of losing their starting spot.

“I think every individual is different,” said Poyet.

“Every individual reacts differently and it will have an impact in a different way.

“There are decisions to make that I’m not afraid of.

“Picking when to play the players is why I’m doing this job. I like those big decisions.”

Back-to-back defeats have confined Sunderland to the bottom three this week, with Poyet admitting that their 8-0 drubbing at Southampton confines to overshadow proceedings.

Poyet’s mission on the training ground has been to restore the defensive resilience which Sunderland had showed prior to that rout at St Mary’s.

“We’ve been training hard trying to go back to basics,” he added.

“I think there are players who think they have got an opportunity or it is time for them to have it.

“There are others who don’t want to lose their place.

“But we need to make sure we defend like we did before Southampton.

“There will be times when they (Palace) are on top and we need to defend, and when we are on top, we need to score.

“Those things need to change quickly because we are down there.”