Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson said on the Sky Sports Now show on Sky Sports News HQ on Thursday morning that Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul is a good player.
The former England international has also highlighted a difference in the squads of Sunderland and fellow relegation candidates Newcastle United.
“He (Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce) has got Defoe - he is a good player,” said Merson. “He is a good goalscorer. If he can get Fletcher going, he is a good goalscorer.
“Cattermole is a good midfield player. Larsson can do something. You have got a very good goalie - Shay has been around a long time.
“When Kaboul's on form, he is a good player. They have got good players. You look at Newcastle and I am sitting there thinking, ‘what have they got?’ I don’t know what they have got.”
It is interesting that Merson seems to consider Kaboul a good player, as at the start of the season he criticised Sunderland for signing the central defender in the summer transfer window.
“I watched their opening defeat against Leicester and that team looks like it could struggle to me,” the 47-year-old wrote in The Daily Star in August.
“They could be fun to watch because they can’t defend so they might as well have a go at teams. But they’ve bought badly. Is Younes Kaboul a relegation battle centre-half? Not for me.”
It seems that Kaboul, who joined Sunderland from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window, has won over Merson.
Like Sunderland, Newcastle are struggling at the moment and are in real danger of going down to the Championship at the end of the season.
The Newcastle players have underperformed so far this campaign, and the fans will want them to start picking up results.