Poyet's former Brighton star is the free agent answer to Sunderland problems

Could Tomasz Kuszczak be the answer given the poor form of Vito Mannone?

Sunderland have had a real struggle in recent weeks to replicate their best form - culminating in the woeful 8-0 loss against Southampton and 2-0 defeat at home to Arsenal at the weekend.

To blame for a lot of what went wrong was goalkeeper Vito Mannone. The Italian former Arsenal stopper has not lived up to early promise in recent fixtures, making plenty of mistakes and not exactly exuding confidence between the sticks.

But while Sunderland allowed Kieren Westwood a free transfer to Sheffield Wednesday, where he is on fire, this summer they only brought in Costel Pantilimon.

For all his physical attributes the Romanian is not cut out for regular Premier League football.

So where does that leave Sunderland? Perhaps with the worst goalkeeping options in the Premier League - that's where.

So what should Gus Poyet do?

He could bring in a tried and trusted Premier League stopper that he knows very well from his success at Brighton!

Tomasz Kuszczak was a star at West Brom and long term back-up at Manchester United in the Premier League before dropping down the divisions - joining Poyet-managed Brighton in June 2012.

He went on to play 46 games under Poyet at the Amex Stadium - impressing with his experience and quality clearly shining through.

But he remains a free agent after leaving Brighton this summer and despite recent links with Bayern Munich and Wolverhampton Wanderers - he is still available for absolutely nothing.

Sunderland recently signed a free agent in Anthony Reveillere and would not be going far wrong if they exploited the market once again for a top keeper, proven at this level that Poyet knows and trusts.

At the moment, it might just be better than the alternative.

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