Sunderland's France Eleven vs Sunderland's Eleven - Who Wins?


Tonight we've started yet another Twitter Tournament (we love'em!). There have been a few, but we're looking for Sunderland's favourite France-born player. Taking inspiration from that, we are considering the best eleven that group of players can make and if they would beat today's Sunderland side.

GK - Lionel Perez
I think flamboyant would be the politest way to refer to the only French goal keeper to have played for the Lads. Perez was a bit of a car-crash in all honesty, but wasn't without his good moments including a double save in the play-off semi final and getting the better of you know who in a 1v1.

RB - Patrice Carteron
The heavily attack-minded full back didn't convince Reidy he was worth a permanent deal, but we'll always remember his goal, wont we?

LB - Anthony Reveillere
Ever solid under Gus Poyet, we are shoe-horning him here because of his reliability. A right back by trade, but he is not unfamiliar with the left back spot as he proved at Sunderland.

CB - Lamine Kone & Younes Kaboul
Sunderland don't do good defensive pairings, but last season these two were as much responsible for our survival as those who scored the goals. This season would have been different had Kaboul stayed, even if he isn't having the best of times at Watford.

CM - Yann M'Vila
I just can't bring myself to think about him, it still hurts.

CM - Eric Roy
He could play, but was in and out of the team and never really proved himself the baller he looked in that amazing win against Chelsea.

CM - Alfred N'Diaye
Heroically rescued a child in Spain. Drove our midfield forward, although not always with a great deal of quality. Now he plays for Hull, rather depressingly.

RW - David Bellion
As you can see, I was running out of footballers. Sir Alex saw something in him and he made us some coin, that's enough to get him in the side.

ST - Djibril Cisse
Who else but Sunderland's number 9? Two goals against the Mags, opened a clothes shop, had a mint chant. What a bloke.

LW - Wahbi Khazri
Excellent in our survival run, anonymous this. Some blame David Moyes, some blame his own laziness. Possibly a combination of both.

There you have it! A complete France-born eleven. Would it beat the Sunderland side of today? Well, most teams do, as most agree such as the free premier league predictions at FootballBets. I genuinely think this France-born team is almost balanced, though with Perez in goal I'm sure Jermain Defoe would have a field day and the midfield three doesn't exactly scream goals and assists.

However, today's Sunderland side seldom earn a clean sheet and a midfield trio of Didier Ndong, Seb Larsson and Darron Gibson wouldn't stand a chance against the trio of the France-born team. It would be a cagey affair, ignited by a Defoe opener, only for a typical Sunderland capitulation to allow the French-born side to run riot and win 4-1.

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