Match of the Day pundit Jermaine Jenas says he is "confused" by Sunderland's style - and says they rely too heavily on Jermain Defoe.
Former England midfielder Jenas, speaking on Saturday night's show, was critical of Sunderland's approach and says there is too much pressure on 14-goal top scorer Defoe.
Sunderland were beaten 2-0 by Everton at Goodison Park, with Idrissa Gana Gueye and Romelu Lukaku scoring the goals for the hosts.
Defeat leaves Sunderland rooted to the foot of the Premier League, now three points from safety.
Pundit Jenas said: "When you look at some of the teams down at the bottom, like Hull and Swansea, they seem to have found a way of trying to get results, trying to get themselves out of the situation they are in.
"But when you look at Sunderland you are thinking, are they trying to get it wide and get crosses in?
"Are they playing deep and trying to play counter attack? No.
"I am watching them and am very confused in terms of what their style is.
"The second half was much better but to put it plainly their plan of attack is work hard and try to get the ball to Jermain Defoe and see if he scores.
"If he doesn't score then they lose the game - it's all on Defoe's shoulders week in, week out."
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