Who is the most underrated and overrated Sunderland player in recent history?
It’s a topic that always divides supporters – and we’d love to hear your views and thoughts on the matter.
We grilled Phil Smith for his view in our weekly Q&A with fans, and his answer is in full below.
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In your opinion, who are the most overrated and underrated Sunderland players in recent history?
PS: ‘Thomas Sorensen was my boyhood hero so for this one I’m going to give a bit of a shout-out for a couple of other goalkeepers that I thought was massively underrated.
I vaguely remember Jurgen Macho putting in an unbelievable performance away at Liverpool, and I also thought Thomas Myhre was a really underrated keeper.
Losing him and bringing in Kelvin Davis was a massive error. Hard to see anyway in which Sunderland could have survived that season but that certainly didn’t help.
Steve Bould was ridiculously good, but to be fair I think we probably did know that at the time.
Overrated is tricky as I think those worthy of the hype have generally stood out significantly.
I always found Patrick Van Aanholt to be an immensely frustrating player, very effective at times and absent at others.
I remember a defeat to West Brom in the Premier League era where he played near George Honeyman and the contrast was unbelievable.
Fair play, though, he’s done superbly under a defensively strict manager at Crystal Palace.
One more shout for an underrated player.
Anthony Reveillere. Total and utter class.’