Sunderland reporter Chris Young gives his verdict after the Black Cats suffered an opening day drubbing at Leicester City.
Costel Pantilimon: Kept the score respectable with several saves, but beaten four times. 4
Billy Jones: Completely at sixes and sevens and removed for his own good. 2
Sebastian Coates: Exposed when left one-on-one, and a shadow of the no-nonsense defender who finished last season. 3
Younes Kaboul: Deserved some sympathy for van Aanholt’s wayward positioning, but it looked like it was his first competitive game since January. 3
Patrick van Aanholt: Partly at fault for three of goals and completely abandoned his defensive duties in the second half. 2
Lee Cattermole: Daft tackle to concede a penalty and was sacrificed for the necessary change of system. 3
Jack Rodwell: Began to be a bit more involved late-on, but utterly anonymous for the first hour. 3
Seb Larsson: Kept working, but like the rest, didn’t look sharp. 4
Adam Johnson: Provided a nice through-ball for Defoe’s goal, but too many slack passes. 4
Jeremain Lens: Welcome to Sunderland! Some nice touches, but clattered a couple of times. 4
JERMAIN DEFOE: Arguably the only player to emerge with any credit, opened his account and could have had a couple more. 7
Fletcher (for Cattermole, 30): Got a goal and at least managed to hold the ball up. 5
Matthews (for Jones, 54): Didn’t look much more defensively solid than Jones. 3
Schmeichel 6, De Laeet 6, Huth 6, Morgan 6, Schlupp 7, King 6, Drinkwater 7, Mahrez 9, Albrighton 8, Okazaki 7, Vardy 9. Subs: Benalouane (for De Laet, 75) 6, Fuchs (for Mahrez 77), 6, Kante (for Vardy 82), 6.