Papy Djilobodji worries me – he seems incapable of basic defending and it’s not acceptable

Papy Djilobodji

Papy Djilobodji

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The first three games of the season showed Sunderland as a relatively solid unit defensively and, with a bit of luck, we might well have had more than the one point from those games.

Unfortunately, the ease in which the side capitulated on Monday night began to unpick that theory. What a shambles.

Both full-backs looked suspect, unable to hold off a talented and powerful Everton frontline.

Yannick Bolasie had another field day, whilst Romelu Lukaku got his eye in for the, season helping himself to a hat-trick. No need to visit the popular Chinese all you can eat buffet when you visit Sunderland, just pop along to the Stadium of Light. There’s a never-ending bounty.

As the ground emptied after the third goal, there were echoes of Aston Villa under Poyet and Crystal Palace under Advocaat to name a couple.

You can’t blame people for heading off; they’ve had a gut full.

After just four games of the new season, yet another Sunderland side, comprising of many new players and another new manager, have managed to break the spirit of our loyal support.

A trip to Tottenham is the last thing we need right now. We can only hope our defence isn’t as generous at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

After a relatively solid, but mainly untroubled, first half from Papy Djilobodji he seemed to decide he wouldn’t bother doing the basics come the second period.

I’ve had my doubts about this lad after his first few appearances, but Monday really worried me.

Papy is spoken about like he’s a young player to be schooled and improve. He’s 27-years-old and seems incapable of doing the basics. He was woefully exposed, chasing a ball into the middle of the park for Everton’s third. That was after letting a Belgian international have all the time in the world to head in the first two goals.

It’s not acceptable at Premier League level, and Sunderland can’t afford to let it continue. We’re four games in and everything is feeling far too familiar.

The side is lacking guile, nastiness and experience. I wouldn’t be averse to bringing John O’Shea back into the side. We need someone who can keep things in check at the back and wrangle our full-backs properly.

Wahbi Khazri must return to the starting XI. The three behind Jermian Defoe are nowhere near experienced enough to deal with the pressures of Premier League football week in, week out.

Lynden Gooch and Duncan Watmore would be far spritelier as an option from the bench.

If Steven Pienaar is fit he must come in, alongside Jan Kirchhoff and Didi Ndong.

Ndong has no experience in the English top flight either. However, Sunderland isn’t a club that can be breaking their transfer record for a player only to not play him. He must start and be given the opportunity to prove he was worth chasing for much of the January window.

I don’t hold out much hope for Sunday, if any at all. But if we can get anything it’ll be a huge bonus going into a run of ‘winnable’ games. But let’s be honest, we all know how those usually go too.

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