Sunderland 2013/14 End Of Season Report
What’s going right?
We managed to avoid relegation and reach a cup final, all in one season. Mental. The team finally seems to have clicked under Gus Poyet in the past four games. And now seem like they have found a way of playing that is both defensively sound and attractive going forward. How long that will last, I don't know.
It's hard to luck negatively on the club at the moment, considering we have just clinched survival. Some of our key players are only at the club on loan, (Borini, Alonso) so it would be pleasing to see them sign permanent deals. Albeit Fabio Borini looks set to return back to Anfield.
Got the right manager?
Yes. Admittedly I was skeptical over Gus Poyet's appointment. However, his job was to secure survival when it seemed like it was an impossible task, and he has accomplished that. He managed us in a season in which we beat the drop against all odds, reached our first domestic cup final in 22 years, beat Newcastle twice, and beat the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United. Despite a few doubts post-cup final, I can't complain. I'm fully in favour of Gustavo.
Lee Cattermole. The obvious choices would be Fabio Borini, Connor Wickham or Adam Johnson but recently the ex-boro midfielder is really showing quality. On the peripherals Cattermole is still tarnished with the brush of red cards and irrational tackles. However, in recent weeks he has really proven himself as Sunderland's general. Cattermole plays with his heart on his sleeve and is showing an unseen level of discipline. He now executes 40-yard passes with ease and continues to be the battle-axe he is known for. A vital member of the team.
Who would you like to sell in the summer?
All the excess of Di Canio's dictatorship. The likes of Celustka, Roberge, Diakete could be sold in return for a few million. Hopefully we keep Emanuele Giaccherini from returning to Italy as I feel the best is still yet to come from the little man. Yes, I'd keep Jozy Altidore. Despite his lack of goals his Twitter feed is enough for me.
Who do you want to sign?
Like before, I'm so content with survival and the current crop I feel another signing would be an invasion to the currently perfect team. However, with the exit of Fabio Borini imminent it may be best to sign a striker. Probably some SPL expat. On second thoughts, It would be great to secure the permanent signings of our loan players. Over-looking Borini in this case, our two full-backs Santiago Vergini and Marcus Alonso have really impressed and been an important addition to the side. They could be signed for a reasonably slim price too.
Best chant so far?
It's hard to ignore D:Ream's 'Things can only get better' which has become an anthem of Sunderland's season. Sang on the terraces of Wembley, or away to Hull, there were no truer words for Sunderland's season. Singing that after sealing survival against West Brom felt like the end to a troublesome but weirdly enjoyable season on Wearside.
Best opposition player/team you’ve seen?
When Southampton came to the Stadium of Light in January it ended in a 2-2 draw. However, in the first-half of that game Southampton demonstrated a masterclass in the old pass-and-move. Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez, Ricky Lambert and Jack Cork all stood out. The quality of youth players that Southampton consistently bring through the ranks should be an example to other Premier League clubs.
Biggest w***** of the season?
After beating Kevin Friend to first place on the w***** podium, Alan Pardew will be pleased to know he can spray himself with a bottle of s*** after acting the goat once again. It's nice to see his face sink into his pointless skull when Sunderland beat them 3-0 at St James'. He stuck a nut on David Meyler which got him banned for a while and also enjoys Mike Ashley's fists up his a*** on a weekly basis. So yeah, he's a w*****.
Funniest Moment of the season?
I saw my mate's mam get her boobs out in Covent Garden on Cup Final weekend, which was funny. But, it's always hilarious to see Newcastle supporters self-implode when they remember Shearer has been replaced with Ameobi and they are getting beat 3-0 at home to Sunderland.
Next season's prediction?
We definitely have the potential to be at least a mid-table side. I can't see us reaching a cup final any time soon considering the enjoyment the cup gave us this season, so I will settle for two wins over Newcastle and a 9th place finish.