Cats Eye: Yann M’Vila stars and the dangers of mix and match shirts, what we learned from Sunderland’s defeat to Tottenham

Sunderland's Manager Dick Advocaat gives advice to his players during an injury break
Sunderland's Manager Dick Advocaat gives advice to his players during an injury break
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Sunderland find themselves still striving for that first three-point haul of the new campaign.

They certainly had their chances against Tottenham Hotspur, but were made to pay for failing to take them.

So, with five games of the new season gone already, what will Dick Advocaat have learned from the Spurs defeat?

Sunderland have finally struck the right balance:

The opening 45 minutes was the best Sunderland had produced all season.

With Jermain Defoe leading the line in a 4-2-3-1 formation, the Black Cats looked dangerous on the break, with Jeremain Lens’ pace a real weapon.

Ola Toivonen has added some much-needed physicality to the side too and he impressed again.

With Fabio Borini on the left, the quartet looked a real danger. They just couldn’t score.

With Jordi Gomez and Yann M’Vila protecting the backline and doing it well, finally, Advocaat looks to have struck upon his best side - with DeAndre Yedlin to come in at left-back.

Jermain Defoe impresses in a central role - who’d have thought?

There was a lot of talk about Defoe possibly leaving the club this summer, with the striker starting the season out wide.

But he was given a shot through the middle against Spurs and didn’t disappoint.

Yes, he should have scored in the first-half when he hit the post.

But his clever runs and link-up play with his attacking colleagues made an impression.

Fabio Borini may not be best pleased being shunted out to the wing, but Defoe certainly looked the part through the middle.

Yann M’Vila proving one the signings of the summer:

The Frenchman bossed the midfield battle for much of the game.

Keeping his play simple, he broke up attacks before starting breaks of his own.

You can imagine some of the Spurs midfielders still wincing as they made their way back to London after the crunching tackles M’Vila produced.

Alongside Jordi Gomez, the pair did an excellent job of marshalling the back line for much of the game.

M’Vila, who arrived with a controversial reputation, has settled into life at the Stadium of Light well.

He is proving one of the signings of the summer.

Full-back remains a concern:

This will come as no surprise to Dick Advocaat, who had long highlighted the full-back positions as an area of concern.

Patrick van Aanholt almost gave away a penalty in the opening two minutes.

That would have spelt disaster. He got away with it and grew into the game but then played Ryan Mason onside for the winning goal.

Tottenham loanee DeAndre Yedlin is expected to start against Bournemouth.

Billy Jones was targeted by the Spurs midfielders down the flank in the first half, they could see he was the weak link.

Much for Advocaat to ponder.

And finally, mix and match strips are never a good thing:

Sometimes, a picture says it all.

And the one above of the fan in a half Sunderland, half Arsenal kit falls into that category.

The picture almost broke Twitter when the image was picked up by the Sky cameras.

Explanations on a post card please!