Sunderland may rebuild in the Championship for more than a season
Sunderland fans knew before today’s match that they’d be looking forward to visits to Burton Albion and Bristol City but they could well find themselves making those journeys for more than one season.
It’s not that they don’t have the resources, as the club will be amongst the wealthiest in the league.
It appears that something is intrinsically wrong with the structure of the club with six managers coming and going in next to no time and the players seeming to lack any cohesion, fight or desire for the most part of this season. David Moyes is not to blame. They have gone down in spite of the manager, not because of him.
West Brom form is a worry for fans
Since reaching the magical 40 point-mark at the end of February, West Brom have managed only one win and have scored just three goals in eight games. And the Baggies’ concerning run of form continued on Saturday as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City.
They have now gone five games without a goal and were once again fruitless in attack as Jamie Vardy grabbed the winner for the third consecutive game at The Hawthorns.
The home supporters booed their team off after another limp and apathetic display – and they have every right to do so.
The fact that Tony Pulis has now only managed six wins out of 43 Premier League games after his sides have accumulated 40 points is quite simply an embarrassing statistic for the 59-year-old. And it says a lot about his mindset – survive and then relax.
The Baggies deserve more, particularly when a top-seven place was in sight.
It's early days but Butland's return is good news for Stoke and England
It's only his second game back after more than a year out but Jack Butland looked assured during his first home game for 413 days.
Bar one nervy moment with Bruno Martins Indi, Butland came off his line well and his communication with his back line was solid. He was good in the air and his kicking was decent.
Most importantly of all he seemed sharp, making two excellent reflex stops, one in each half. The first denied an overhead kick from Andre Ayew and the second came after he had parried Ayew's snapshot in the second half, getting up well to get across his goal to deny Lanzini with his feet.
Joe Hart's position is certainly at risk and whilst Butland is still nailed on as the successor there's every chance he can take the jersey before Russia in 2018. With Gareth Southgate watching today he's bound to be in the squad for the Scotland and France matches. He may even warrant a start.
Harry Maguire will be a Premier League player next season.
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