David Preece impressed with Sunderland defender, says January signing is fragile physically

Sunderland played out a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday.

David Preece has stated on social networking site Twitter that he was impressed with the performances of Sunderland duo Patrick van Aanholt and Jan Kirchhoff against Newcastle United.

Left-back Van Aanholt and centre-back Kirchhoff both started the Premier League game at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon.

The duo played for the entire 90 minutes, as the Tyne-Wear derby ended in a 1-1 draw.

Former Sunderland prospect Preece was impressed with the duo, although he pointed out that Kirchhoff, who played in front of the back four against Newcastle, is physically fragile.

The draw with Newcastle means that Sunderland remain in the Premier League relegation zone and are in real danger of getting relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.

The Black Cats will return to action at the start of next month when they take on West Bromwich Albion at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League.

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