FAN’S VIEW: Three Sunderland players Gus Poyet should look to offload in January

GETTING THERE ... Sunderland boss Gus Poyet.
GETTING THERE ... Sunderland boss Gus Poyet.
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AS Sunderland remain embedded in the relegation zone, Gus Poyet will be hoping to bring in some new faces next month in a bid to keep his side in the top-flight.

However, some players will need to leave the club in order to make way for new faces in January.

Here are the top three players I think should be sold next month:

3) Modibo Diakite

With Wes Brown back to full fitness, Diakite will find his first-team opportunities extremely limited.

Diakite will compete with fellow central defenders Valentin Roberge, Wes Brown and Carlos Cuellar for a place alongside John O’Shea in the heart of the Black Cats defence.

In his four Premier League starts to date, the former Lazio defender has not impressed and looks vastly out of place in the fast-paced nature of the top-flight. Despite only arriving in the summer, he should be sold next month to make way for another defender

2) Lee Cattermole

A controversial choice, but former club captain Lee Cattermole remains a liability when selected in the team.

Once again, the former Middlesbrough midfielder has lived up to his reputation for being sent off as he saw red in Sunderland’s defeat to Hull City. Eligible to return from suspension for Sunderland’s draw against Aston Villa, Cattermole remained an unused substitute and could struggle to find a way back into the starting line-up.

Despite this being his fifth season on Wearside, many feel it is time for the 25-year old to move on and Poyet will no doubt contemplate selling the combative midfielder.

A quality creative force in the middle of the park is definitely on the shopping list for Poyet and Cattermole may fall victim as someone needs to make way for a new midfielder coming in.

1) Ji Dong-Won

Ji Dong-Won is still reliving the moment when he scored a last gasp winner against Manchester City two seasons ago. That was the moment when he was finally adored by Sunderland fans. However, his career at he Stadium of Light has never reached those heights again.

The South Korean international has been a bit-part player for the Black Cats ever since his arrival in the summer of 2011. He has just one league start to his name this season.

With Steven Fletcher and Jozy Altidore comepeting for the lone striker role, Ji is very much a background player and January should see the 22-year old leave the club.

This article was written by FTBpro’s Richard Bell is the largest fan-generated football media brand with millions of users around the world, featuring analysis and insights from the people with the passion to start the conversation – the fans.