There has been a bit of shuffling going on in Sunderland’s goalkeeping department as of late.
Vito Mannone has been handed a starting berth ahead of Costel Pantilimon in addition to the news that England U-21 international Jordan Pickford has been recalled from his successful loan spell at Preston North End.
The question that is now on the minds of not only Sunderland fans, but also the man at the helm, Sam Allardyce, is which of the three should take the spot in the starting eleven for the remainder of the season?
Although Pantilimon and Mannone do have strengths to their game, some fans feel that they both have weaknesses that can make the team vulnerable, hence Sunderland having conceded the most goals so far in the current Premier League season.
Pantilimon of course, has his significant height advantage to draw upon, allowing him to in theory dominate in the air.
However, as seen against West Brom this simply is not always the case, as he was unsettled too easily by Saido Berahino, a man smaller than average height.
Mannone on the other hand can be prone to games where he is beaten too easily by almost every shot, but can also have fantastic matches in which he keeps the team in the game.
The worry for some, is that throwing a player completely foreign to the Premier League such as Pickford into a team with a notoriously leaky defence could ruin the confidence he has built up with some fantastic performances in the Championship.
From my point of view, the fact Pickford has been recalled signals that Allardyce wishes to put him into the team, and I would guess the FA Cup game at Arsenal could be the first game that he is given his big chance.
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