Younes Kaboul and Lee Cattermole look dejected
Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson said on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News HQ on Saturday afternoon (broadcast from 12pm, August 20, 2016) that Sunderland should have begged Younes Kaboul to stay for the match against Middlesbrough.
Kaboul recently left Sunderland to join Premier League rivals Watford. This means that the former Tottenham Hotspur central defender will not be available for the Black Cats’ Premier League match against Middlesbrough at the Stadium of Light on Sunday afternoon.
Former Arsenal and Middlesbrough attacker Merson believes that Sunderland should have sold Kaboul only after Sunday’s game.
“For me, I would have been begging Kaboul just to stay for one more game for me, and I would say: 'You can go tomorrow, you can go on Monday morning. I promise I would let you go. Just give me this game’,” said Merson on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News HQ on Saturday afternoon (broadcast from 12pm, August 20, 2016).
Sunderland kicked off their 2016-17 Premier League campaign with a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City away from home at the Etihad Stadium last weekend.
The Black Cats’s performance against Pep Guardiola’s side was not bad, and the players should be confident of a win against Boro.
David Moyes’s side are unlikely to lose the match against Middlesbrough at the Stadium of Light this afternoon.
Middlesbrough will head into the game against Sunderland on the back of a 1-1 draw with Stoke City at the Riverside Stadium in the Premier League.
Younes Kaboul in action with Bacary Sagna