Sunderland star hails teammate who is having a 'brilliant' season

Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell has praised Costel Pantilimon's form this season.

Jack Rodwell has lavished praise on Costel Pantilimon on Sunderland's official site, after the goalkeeper's impressive performances.

Pantilimon has been in brilliant form for the Black Cats ever since he displaced Vito Mannone, with his displays one of the main reasons that the Wearsiders are above the drop-zone. 

Goalkeepers rarely make headlines, but Pantilimon is clearly appreciated by his teammates and Rodwell has paid tribute to his efforts. 

“People will always look at the goals scored but they often don’t look at the saves made at the other end - Costel saved the game against Hull and he has been brilliant for us so long may it continue," he said.

The Romanian goalkeeper looks one of Sunderland's finest players and his signing from Manchester City may be the best piece of business Gus Poyet's side completed last summer. 

At the moment his addition certainly looks a better acquisition than Rodwell's. The England international midfielder set Sunderland back £12 million, according to a report on BBC Sport, but he has failed to live up to that price-tag.

A series of mediocre performances have left Black Cats fans querying whether they overspent on Rodwell, but his goal in midweek against Hull City should provide them encouragement that his transfer could still work out. 

On his day Rodwell has the potential to be one of Sunderland's most talented players and his form could be crucial to the team for the remainder of the campaign.

If the central-midfielder can find his best then he should help Poyet's men out in both an offensive and defensive sense and the quality of his performances could be the difference between safety and relegation come May. 

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