How have the Sunderland players fared so far this season?
The Romania international started the 2014-15 season as Sunderland’s second-choice goalkeeper, but he is now the team’s number one.
Pantilimon has made on average 3.43 saves per game and 2.88 saves per goal, while keeping seven clean sheets in 21 Premier League matches.
Vito Mannone - 5.5
The Italian was the first choice at the start of the season, but a series of errors saw him relegated to the team’s number two.
Mannone has kept two clean sheets in nine Premier League appearances, while making on average 3.22 saves per game and 2.07 saves per goal.
John O’Shea - 6
O’Shea remains one of the best and most experienced players in the current Sunderland squad, and he remains strong as ever.
The Republic of Ireland international has a pass accuracy of 82% and has won 31 out of 55 tackles in 30 Premier League appearances.
Santiago Vergini - 5.5
The Estudiantes-owned centre-back still does not look like a player who can become a true Premier League star.
Vergini does not look assured in central defence, and it will be interesting to see if Sunderland sign him on a permanent deal at the end of the season.
The former Chelsea left-back is gradually showing his quality and is a regular for Sunderland.
The Netherlands international has created 21 chances in 20 Premier League appearances so far this season, while having a pass accuracy of 83% and winning 43% out of 93 tackles.
Wes Brown - 6
The 35-year-old is still going strong for Sunderland and will be a key player in their battle for survival in the Premier League this season.
The former Manchester United defender has featured in 24 league matches so far this season, and has a pass accuracy of 80% and has won 23 out of 63 tackles.
Anthony Reveillere - 6.5
The France international right-back has been good for Sunderland so far this season, creating 10 chances and winning eight dribbles in 15 Premier League matches.
Sebastian Coates - 4.5
The Liverpool-owned Uruguay international centre-back is still struggling to come to terms with Premier League football, having been able to make only four Premier League appearances so far this campaign.
Billy Jones - 4
Jones is largely a squad player these days, having managed just six Premier League appearances all season.
Sebastian Larsson - 6.5
Larsson is one of the best players in the current Sunderland squad, and he has done the best he could this season.
The Sweden international midfielder has scored three goals and created 47 chances in 30 Premier League appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 83% and a shot accuracy of 57%.
Adam Johnson - 6
The former Manchester City winger has not exactly been at his best this season, but he remains an important player for the Black Cats.
In 25 league matches this season, Johnson has scored four goals and created 32 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 80% and a shot accuracy of 56%.
Jack Rodwell - 6
The 2014 summer signing has been far from his best, but he has shown his potential from time to time.
Rodwell has scored three goals and created as many chances in 18 Premier League appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 84% and a shot accuracy of 65%.
Jordi Gomez - 5.5
The 29-year-old has played well from time to time, but one suspects that there is still more to come from him.
In 24 league matches for Sunderland so far this season, Gomez has scored two goals, created 16 chances, has a pass accuracy of 82% and has won 26 out of 75 tackles.
Lee Cattermole - 6.5
The combative midfielder has done well for Sunderland in 21 Premier League matches, scoring one goal, creating nine chances, having a pass accuracy of 82% and winning 44 out of 128 tackles.
Emanuele Giaccherini - N/A
The Italy international has been in and out of the team this season due to injury problems and has been able to make only seven Premier League appearances.
What could have been a productive season for Giaccherini has been cut short by injuries.
Ricky Alvarez - 5
The Inter Milan-owned attacking midfielder was expected to add guile and creativity to this Sunderland team, but he has been largely a disappointment.
The Argentina international has been able to create only seven chances in 13 Premier League appearances, although he has a laudable pass accuracy of 89%.
Liam Bridcutt - 5.5
The 25-year-old Scotland international has struggled to play regularly for Sunderland so far this season, making only 15 Premier League matches.
In those games, Bridcutt has created nine chances, has a pass accuracy of 81%, and has won 24 out of 59 tackles he has made.
Will Buckley - 5
The 25-year-old winger has featured in 20 Premier League games this season, but he has created only 12 chances and has a pass accuracy of 75%.
Steven Fletcher - 5
Fletcher is hardly a striker who can be described as ‘prolific’, and his poor form has continued this season.
The Scotland international has scored just four goals and created only 15 chances in 24 Premier League appearances so far this season, while having a pass accuracy of 71% and a shot accuracy of 48%.
Danny Graham - 5
Another Sunderland striker who has been woeful in front of goal, Graham has failed to score a single goal in the Premier League for the Black Cats so far this season.
In nine league appearances, the 29-year-old has created three chances, has a pass accuracy of 64% and a shot accuracy of 67%, and has won eight out of 19 headers.
Connor Wickham - 6
Given his relative lack of experience, one could say that Wickham has done well for Sunderland this campaign.
The 22-year-old has scored three goals and created 15 chances in 28 league matches, while having a pass accuracy of 64% and a shot accuracy of 42%.
Jermain Defoe - 5
The former West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur striker was signed from Toronto FC in the January transfer window to solve Sunderland’s goalscoring problems.
However, Defoe has found the back of the opposition’s net just twice in nine Premier League appearances, leaving much to be desired.
Jozy Altidore - 3
He came, he saw, he could not conquer and he left. End of story.