5) Defoe the sole bright spot for Sunderland
Dick Advocaat was brutally honest in his assessment of Sunderland’s 4-2 defeat to Leicester on Saturday. He spoke of being “scared” by his team’s performance and not able to “see any positives” following a contest where the visitors were 3-0 down at half-time and lucky it was not at least double that. It was difficult to disagree with the Dutchman, but amid a shambolic and lacklustre display there was perhaps something for the manager and the 3,000 supporters who travelled to the King Power stadium to cling on to.
Jermain Defoe’s goal on 60 minutes was well taken. Having seen Adam Johnson collect possession in a position just outside the Leicester area, Defoe immediately provided an option for the winger by spinning behind Robert Huth and into space. Having collected Johnson’s pass with a deft touch, he then slammed the ball past Kasper Schmeichel with a clean, right-footed strike.
It all happened in the blink of an eye, and served as proof that, aged 32, Defoe retains the ability to be a clinical Premier League finisher. Certainly Sunderlandwill need him to continue in such fashion while defensively they continue to show all the durability of a chocolate teapot. There could be quite a few high-scoring matches at the Stadium of Light this season. Sachin Nakrani