Sunderland star comments on why Anthony Reveillere is so important

Lee Cattermole has suggested that Anthony Reveillere’s experience will be key in helping Sunderland survive in the Premier League.

34-year-old right-back Reveillere completed his switch to the Stadium of Light on October 23, signing a deal until the end of the season after a number of weeks spent training with the Black Cats.

A 20-capped French international, Reveillere brings experience and talent to a Sunderland squad moving slowly down the Premier League table, with just one win in nine Premier League games and two consecutive losses.

He could be set to make his debut in English football on Monday night, with a desire to shore up a defence which has conceded 10 goals in the last two games leading head coach Gus Poyet to consider changes for a tough tie with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The game promises to be a hard-fought contest - with the Eagles keen to widen the gap between themselves and the relegation places - and, despite the ageing defender making just 13 appearances since the start of last season, Sunderland man Lee Cattermole believes that Reveillere’s experience means he will fit right into the Black Cats line-up.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Cattermole said: “It’s important to have someone experienced coming in.

“He’s looked good in training and his cv automatically gets respect off the boys.”

However, having never spent any part of his career in England, Cattermole has suggested that Reveillere will further improve when he can understand the English language better.

“He’s a natural right-back, and once he starts speaking better English he’ll do great for us,” he added.

“Communication helps everybody on the pitch.”

A win for Sunderland will see them overtake Crystal Palace and potentially place the Eagles in the bottom three.

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