Is this Sunderland’s alternative Player of the Season?

Costel Pantilimon has been superb in goal for Sunderland in the 2014-15 Premier League campaign so far.

Sunderland are having a disappointing season yet again, but one player who can be proud of his performances is Sebastian Larsson.

The Sweden international midfielder has done all he could and has been arguably the best player for the Black Cats so far this campaign.

Larsson has scored three goals and created 47 chances in 30 league appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 83% and a shot accuracy of 57%.

The 29-year-old has won 21 of the 28 dribbles he has attempted and 48 of the 125 tackles he has made in the Premier League so far this term.

There is another Sunderland player, though, who deserves recognition, and that is goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.

The Romania international moved to the Black Cats in the summer of 2014 on a free transfer after being released by defending Premier League champions Manchester City.

The 28-year-old was on the books of City (on a permanent deal) from 2012 to 2014, but he could only feature in seven Premier League matches during that period.

Since joining Sunderland, Pantilimon has played in 21 league matches, keeping seven clean sheets in the process.

The former Politehnica Timisoara star has made on average 3.43 saves per game and 2.88 saves per goal.

Pantilimon started the 2014-15 season as Sunderland’s second-choice goalkeeper, but following a number of mistakes from Vito Mannone, he is now the team’s number one between the posts.

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