Sunderland boss hits back at Jamie Carragher’s criticism of Dutch defender

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Jamie Carragher was extremely critical of Sunderland’s Patrick van Aanholt.

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has told Jamie Carragher to try his hand at management amid the pundit’s heavy criticism of Patrick van Aanholt’s display at Leicester City, The Sun reports.

The Black Cats started their 2015/16 Premier League campaign in disastrous fashion as they were soundly defeated 4-2 at Leicester – a result which flattered the visitors.

Following the encounter, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher singled out Dutch left-back Van Aanholt for particular criticism, branding the former Chelsea star lazy for not covering the space, as reported by The Sun.

Speaking ahead of his side’s encounter with Norwich City, Advocaat said that it’s easy to criticise in a studio and invited the former Liverpool man to test his mettle on the touchline where he can also be judged.

“It is always easier from the studio and I think Carragher has to become a manager himself. He is like everybody who knows everything in front of the television,” The Sun quotes Advocaat as saying.

“I think they would really like to be on the touchline, but it is more difficult there."

Harsh but fair?

While Carragher is in a privileged position to pick faults with the Premier League stars, in regards to Van Aanholt, he wasn’t exactly wrong with his reproach.

The 24-year-old put in an alarmingly poor performance with mistimed tackles, sloppy distribution from the back and an unwillingness to really fight for his team after their first-half capitulation.

Against the Canaries, Advocaat needs a response from his players as the Dutch coach knows more than most that performances of such ilk will not go unpunished at Premier League level.

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