David Moyes has left Sunderland fans completely baffled with his comments about needing ‘Britishness’ in midfield against Burnley.
Moyes decided to drop Didier N’Dong, as he wanted domestic-born players in the middle of the pitch last weekend.
Sunderland lined up with Darron Gibson and Jack Rodwell in central midfield, with N’Dong left on the bench.
And Moyes said after the match that his reasoning behind dropping N’Dong was because he wanted a ‘British’ feel to his side.
“I decided I wanted Jack and Gibbo together," he said to the Sunderland Echo. "I thought the game might suit more Britishness in the middle of the pitch. “I just felt I would go with that in the middle and the two boys up front.”
Moyes’ decision arguably did not pay dividends, as Sunderland could only manage a 0-0 draw with Burnley, and he has taken a lot of criticism from the Wearsiders supporters.
People might say that often what David Moyes says gets over-analysed, but that Britishness comment has genuinely left me speechless.— Roker Report (@RokerReport) March 20, 2017
Bodes well for the mythical rebuild that Britishness is Moyes' priority. Not like it's an overpriced market full of bang average players.— John Kerr (@JohnJKerr) March 20, 2017
Just seen Moyes' quotes on Britishness, whatever that means. Think the Moyes out club has a new recruit, what a load of nonsense!— Michael Lough (@mickylough95) March 20, 2017
Moyes wanted more Britishness in midfield on Saturday eh?? Larsson, Januzaj, Gibson, Borini.... erm... Britishness??? #safc— Chris (@chrissafc1983) March 20, 2017
Moyes on why he dropped on Ndong. Needed "Britishness" in the middle. I'm done. David Moyes Brexit football. pic.twitter.com/eDm426iJUm— Rory Fallow (@RoryFallow) March 20, 2017
The Black Cats really needed a victory to boost their survival chances, but Billy Jones wasted their best chance to seal the three points.
Sunderland now remain at the bottom of the Premier League table, and things are looking bleak.
Moyes’ side are currently seven points adrift of safety, with just 10 games remaining this term.