Garth Crooks raves about Sunderland’s Jordi Gomez

Garth Crooks was impressed with Sunderland midfielder Jordi Gomez’s performance against Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.

Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks has been singing the praises of Sunderland midfielder Jordi Gomez on BBC Sport.

Gomez is an important player for Sunderland and was superb against Southampton on Saturday.

The 29-year-old midfielder proved to be decisive in the Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light, scoring two penalties for the Black Cats in their 2-1 win.

Gomez put Sunderland in the lead on 21 minutes and scored what proved to be the winning goal 10 minutes into the second half.

Crooks was impressed with the shift put in by the former Wigan Athletic star and included him in his Team of the Week for BBC Sport.

“If you play for a team at the wrong end of the table, you are going to need two things: composure and nerve,” the 57-year-old wrote on BBC Sport.

“Jordi Gomez demonstrated both in abundance during Saturday's 2-1 win over Southampton, with his two successful penalties taken in difficult circumstances.”

Gomez has scored four goals and created 22 chances in 28 Premier League appearances so far this season, while having a pass accuracy of 81% and a shot accuracy of 53%.

For Sunderland to escape relegation from the Premier League at the moment, the midfielder will have to maintain the level of performance he produced against Southampton.

The win against the Saints has enhanced Sunderland’s chances of survival in the Premier League, and the players now need to capitalise on it.

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