Former Chelsea and Leeds United defender Michael Duberry has highlighted on Sky Sports a disadvantage that Sunderland have in their fight for survival in the Premier League.
Heading into this weekend’s round of matches in the English top light, Sunderland find themselves 16th in the league table with 29 points from 32 matches, just three points above the relegation zone.
“With Sunderland, I fear for them because unlike the others, they have no consistency going for them,” Duberry told Sky Sports’ Morning View show on Thursday.
“At the moment, they are struggling, and I can see them getting sucked in and sucked in. In this part of the season, you just need some form, and they haven’t got it.
“They could be one of the teams who could get drawn into the three teams who could get relegated.”
While Sunderland fans will point out that there are four teams below them in the league table, Duberry’s concern for the Black Cats is a valid one.
Manager Dick Advocaat has been able to win just one of the three Premier League matches he has been in charge of.
While defeat to West Ham United away from home in London was understandable, the victory over Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light after the two-week international break should have been the start of a positive runs of results.
However, last weekend, the Black Cats went down 4-1 to Crystal Palace at home in what was one of their worst displays of the season.
Sunderland need to put together a run of positive results in the coming weeks. Although winning against the likes of Stoke City, Southampton and Everton will not be easy, they must stop losing matches and pick up at least a point from each game.