Sunderland remain firmly in a relegation scrap after losing heavily to Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.
Sunderland lost 4-1 to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday to keep the Black Cats firmly ensconced in a relegation scrap.
Sam Allardyce’s side looked to have turned a corner with recent victories against Aston Villa and Swansea City but they came back to earth with a bump in North London.
Things looked very different when defender Patrick van Aanholt opened the scoring for the visitors with 40 minutes on the clock. But Tottenham wasted little time equalising through Christian Eriksen and further goals from the Danish international, Mousa Dembele and Harry Kane gave Spurs a comfortable victory.
Sunderland gave a debut to recent signing Jan Kirchhoff but on this evidence the former Bayern Munich man has some way to go before he is back to full match sharpness and ready to make a significant positive impact.
That is no surprise when you consider how long he has been out injured. However, Sunderland need players who can make a swift impact given that they are currently 19th in the table, three points from safety.
After the match we took to Twitter to see what Sunderland fans thought of Kirchhoff’s debut and you can read a selection of what we found below:
Poor debut from Kirchhoff but he comes with a good reputation.— Phil Hourigan (@WackemMackem) January 16, 2016
Aye Kirchhoff was really poor, but the way some of our fans are going on is embarrassing.— Jake Holyoak (@jakeyholyoak) January 16, 2016
Bet Kirchhoff didn't know what hit him yesterday!! Mass shock to the system!! Hopefully it will make him stronger #SAFC— milly molly MANDY (@WaiChingNg) January 17, 2016
Kirchhoff looks like a canny signing so far........... Said no sunderland fan EVER! #SAFC— Neil Jones (@NeilJones34) January 16, 2016
#SAFC were a complete shambles today. Kirchhoff with the worst defensive showing I've seen, whole team rubbish. Championship here we come.— James Head (@B52Head) January 16, 2016
Plenty of mistakes across the board from #safc after encouraging start. But Kirchhoff wasn't ready, and bad move by Sam to put him in as a 3— Paul Fraser (@paulfraserecho) January 16, 2016