Bridcutt: Sunderland are a better team than last season

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Liam Bridcutt has praised the improvement Sunderland have shown from last season.

Bridcutt arrived at the Stadium of Light at the close of January 2014, signing for the Black Cats just months after former boss Gus Poyet was appointed head coach.

Poyet, who had worked with the former Chelsea youngster at Brighton and Hove Albion, wanted to shore up the midfield of the side who were moving closer to the relegation places as the season progressed, and the 25-year-old cemented himself in the centre of the park, making 12 appearances and playing a key role in the Wearside club’s surveil.

He has continued his progression this term, but, with Poyet wanting to move to a more expressive style, the Uruguayan coach has had to choose between Bridcutt or Lee Cattermole in the lone defensive midfield role. Cattermole has been in incredible form this season, and he has claimed the role as his own, but the selection headache is a positive one for Poyet.

Sunderland have picked up almost double the amount of points gained at this stage last season, whilst they only have four losses to their name after 15 games, compared to the 11 suffered under Paolo Di Canio last year. A visible improvement, but Bridcutt believes the club need to shake off the tag of draw specialists that has followed them this term if they are to prove that they are a better side than last season.

“There have been signs of progress,” the 25-year-old told the Chronicle.

“We’re a better team – a better squad – this year and we’ve started a lot better than last season.

“We’re still not happy with our start, though. If anything, we know we can do better and there are a few games that we have ended up drawing which we know we could have won.

“We all know that if we could have just converted one or two of these draws into wins, we would be in the top half of the table now.”

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