Three Sunderland players set to benefit from Poyet's sacking

Gus Poyet Press Conference Still

Sunderland disposed of Gus Poyet yesterday after a disappointing 4-0 defeat against Aston Villa at the weekend.

Sunderland decided to part company with Gus Poyet yesterday, with Dick Advocaat announced as their new manager this morning.

Poyet's sacking appeared inevitable after a series of poor performances, which culminated in a 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa last weekend.

The loss exposed all the problems which have plagued the Black Cats season and it made the Uruguayan's position untenable.

Sunderland are facing a battle against the drop, but the news that Poyet has gone could well boost a few of their squad members.

In this piece we take a look at some of the players set to benefit from Poyet's departure. 

Connor Wickham

Regularly used out wide, Wickham was seemingly never trusted to be the main man up front for the side under Poyet's stewardship.

Even though the youngster kept Sunderland up last season with his brilliant run of form at the back end of the campaign, Poyet seemed reluctant to trust him to start in his favoured position on a regular basis.

He was regularly used out wide and the position appeared to stifle his play. Wickham is a powerhouse, who loves to run at defenders, but his attributes are not particularly suited to playing out wide.

As a result, the striker has faced criticism from the club's supporters this season, but he will be hoping that Advocaat uses him in his favoured role.

Wickham has the potential to be a major threat and if given the trust of the new manager he may be the man to save Sunderland again this campaign.

Jack Rodwell

Injuries have stopped Rodwell finding his best form at Sunderland so far, but there was also a feeling that Poyet had put the shackles on him somewhat.

During his best run, as a youngster at Everton, Rodwell was a midfield destroyer, tasked with driving the team onwards.

However, at Sunderland, there was more importance put on him being disciplined and fitting in with the team's system.

It meant that his freedom was cramped and, as a result, Sunderland supporters have still not seen the best of the England international.

Jermain Defoe

Brought in to save Sunderland's season, Defoe has not had the desired impact at the Stadium of Light so far.

The striker has failed to show the qualities which made him one of the Premier League's most feared marksmen earlier in his career and he has often appeared isolated up front.

Defoe has only been with Sunderland since January, but his comments in the Chronicle last week suggested that he was already finding Poyet's tactics frustrating.

The experienced front-man was speaking about how he wanted more players to get forward in support of him, to help carve open more chances for him to take.

With a new manager in charge, Sunderland may increase their attacking threat and that can only benefit a goalscorer such as Defoe. 

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