Sunderland selling Vito Mannone to Reading looks like a major error now

Vito Mannone of Sunderland celebrates as his team draw level for the second time during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on January 2, 2017 in...

Sunderland sold Vito Mannone to Reading last summer, and that looks like a costly sale.

Vito Mannone of Sunderland celebrates as his team draw level for the second time during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on January 2, 2017 in...

Sunderland must be regretting selling Vito Mannone now, given their struggles for a goalkeeper this season.

The Chronicle claim that Sunderland sold Mannone to Reading for £2 million to bring in nine new players last summer.

But Mannone may have been so valuable to the Black Cats this season, that his sale proved to be a major error.

Vito Mannone of Sunderland celebrates as his team draw level for the second time during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on January 2, 2017 in...

Sunderland never found a settled goalkeeper throughout the campaign, and that was one of the key reasons why they faced the drop.

Jason Steele, Robbin Ruiter and Lee Camp all made calamitous mistakes during their time in net for the Black Cats.

And there is an argument to suggest that with Mannone in goal Sunderland may just have been able to avoid relegation.

Jermain Defoe of Sunderland and Vito Mannone of Sunderland clap the fans after the Premier League match between Sunderland and Swansea City at Stadium of Light on May 13, 2017 in...

The Black Cats’ quality in other area of their squad may have suffered without Mannone, but their poor goalkeepers have cost them so many points this term that having a reliable number one could have been a difference maker.

Sunderland, for all their struggles, are still only seven points adrift of safety, and Mannone could have been the difference maker in that regard.

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