Sunderland have lost both their opening games in poor circumstances, and Black Cats hero Micky Gray has told talkSPORT that he believes there are only three players worth keeping at the club.
He said: “What I saw at the weekend was so inept. Half of the players I wouldn’t put in a Championship side. I don’t know how many I would keep. I think I would keep the goalkeeper, the two central midfield players, Lee Cattermole and Yann M’Vila, but the rest of them I wouldn’t give them the shirt on their back.”
This is certainly a dreadful state of affairs for the club, but it is no surprise that Gray has such a negative view of the side.
Even the three players he believes should be included - Cattermole, M’Vila and Costel Pantilimon - have hardly been top class performers this term.
The Black Cats have conceded seven goals in two games, and look well on to continue that poor defensive record as the season progresses.
There have only been two weeks of the season, yet many already believe the Wearside club are well set to drop to the Championship already, and Gray believes that the players being selected by Dick Advocaat have no right to play for the Black Cats.
It is hard to see how Sunderland’s season will improve with performances at the level they are, and Gray is correct to want players who will fight for the shirt if they are to have any chance of fighting off relegation.