The WAW Post-Season Rankings: Every week Sunderland fans have rated the players; Here's the top 6


Every week, hundreds of you rate the performances of Sunderland's players at WeAreWearside. At times it's been something of a chore and with so few stand-out performers during the season, it'll come as no surprise to discover only 5 Black Cats rated with a season average above 6 / 10. Here's the top half dozen based on every score you gave them. 


Jordan Pickford - 7.31

Victor Anichebe - 6.33

Jermain Defoe - 6.22

Lamine Kone - 6.12

Jan Kirchhoff - 6.00

Didier Ndong - 5.91 

No surprises to see Jordan Pickford at number one of course. The young goalkeeper was quite clearly Sunderland's stand-out player. His breakthrough year saw the 22-year-old face more shots and make more saves than any other stopper in the top-tier bar Burnley's Tom Heaton. 

Pickford struck lucky like he has just won on Australian online slot machines when Vito Mannone was injured. He subsequently made it into the England senior squad due to his performances behind Sunderland's terrible back-line and has attracted the attention of, and been linked with, a summer move to every member of the Premier League's top-six. 

Victor Anichebe at number two is something of shock, especially when you consider his feeble end to the season. Though of course when you consider he only started 14 games, and managed to earn 9 / 10 ratings for that initial showing at Bournemouth and his follow-up against Hull City, then his high overall average ranking is explainable and neatly summarises those remarkable performances that he just couldn't maintain. 

That Jermain Defoe managed to come in third despite largely packing in from about early March onwards is testament to his 14 Premier League goals, attitude and application. Especially whilst all around him the rest of those in red-and-white continued to prove they were incapable of really providing him with anything other than scraps. 

Lamine Kone's ranking in fourth is also something of a shock at first glance but proof of how poor the rest of his defensive teammates were. The Ivorian was of course largely rank throughout but a run of decent showings clearly elevated the man-who-didn't-want-to-be-here's overall average return. 

And as for Jan Kirchhoff, well we probably should have excluded anyone who made less than 10 appearances but he's in the list above for comparison purposes. Which pretty much sums up his injury-plagued term - one which will go down in the history books as merely a campaign which can be used to compare his effectiveness in a first marvellous season - when fit - with the one which followed when he was near- permanently injured. 

Finally in the top half dozen, Didier Ndong recovered from an initial flurry of criticism as he struggled early on to justify his hefty price tag, to become one of Sunderland's most consistent performers based on his energy and impact on an otherwise dire Black Cats' midfield. If he can smooth his rough edges - namely learning how to pick a decent key pass - the young Gabonese could yet be a star. 

Check back later on when we run through the rest of the utter dross. You really won't be surprised by the bottom 6 players. But who will you have rated as consistently the 'worst' in your weekly rankings this season?




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