Sunderland news round-up: Frustration/praise for Defoe, Djilobodji, Denayer, Anichebe, Matthews

Goalden genius: Jermain Defoe. Picture by FRANK REID
Goalden genius: Jermain Defoe. Picture by FRANK REID
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Praise or grumble? The Echo has both today.

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is not just a clever striker, he is a goal genius.

Check out the 150 Premier League-goal man.

On the subject of JDs, boss David Moyes has lauded Mr Versatile Jason Denayer after a highly-encouraging start in central midfield.

Read what Moyes says about the on-loan Man City defender.

There was praise AND grumble when the manager spoke about Papy Djilobodji.

The defender has shown progress only to spoil it in the 3-0 win over Hull City by getting sent off after two yellow cards.

See what Moyes thinks about it here.

There has been no greater critic of Sunderland this season than Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher, who said the squad would struggle in the Championship!

But in a shocking twist, there was praise for Victor Anichebe and the difference he has made.

See his thoughts plus his memory of playing against the powerful forward.

Finally, another grumble. Sunderland defender Adam Matthews impressed Bristol City boss Lee Johnson so much he signed him on a season-long loan.

But the honeymoon appears over, check out the story.