Whilst they may have got used to it in recent seasons, the Sunderland fans in the Football Transfer Tavern won’t be enjoying life in the Premier League under David Moyes at the current time, with the Mackems once again in the midst of a relegation battle.
Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat by Stoke City means that the Black Cats have taken just four points from their last seven top flight matches, and they are now only off of the bottom of the table from Swansea City because of their slightly superior goal difference.
With Jermain Defoe scoring 60% of their 20 league goals this season, and with the joint-third worst defensive record, it is easy to see for the punters at the bar to see that the Wearside outfit’s main problems are at either end of the pitch.
Moyes’ men are far too reliant on Defoe putting the ball in the back of the net and our landlord knows that the Scot must take some of the pressure off of the 33-year-old this month.
Meanwhile, he will also be looking for some experience in his backline to help cover a struggling defence that was further decimated by the departure of Lamine Kone to the African Cup of Nations to represent the Ivory Coast earlier this month.
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