Two Sunderland players set for the biggest impact against Gillingham

With kick off against Gillingham getting ever closer, we take a quick look at a couple of players who we expect to have a big impact this evening.

by James_Hall Wednesday, 22 August 2018 12:45 PM Comments

Lynden Gooch

Chants of 'Goooooooch' rang around the Stadium of Light on Sunday afternoon. Deserved credit for the young number 11 and his outstanding performance. Gooch seems to have really kicked on from last season, showing a maturity and willingness to get on the ball and attack.

His movement and trickery are easy on the eye and his ball retention are obvious weapons in the Sunderland arsenal. Butroid had a torrid time at left back trying to contain the Californian. He also works well with fellow academy graduate George Honeyman, the Sunderland captain releasing the American international into space down the right on a number of occasions.

In the build up to the first goal, Gooch attempts a cross which is blocked and sees off the efforts of two Scunthorpe defenders before finding Adam Matthews in space. He went on to set up Chris Maguire for the third with an excellent run. It's no coincidence most of Sunderland's best football was played down his wing. He's one of the first names on the team sheet.

Lee Cattermole

Cattermole, how can this love affair go on any longer?

Every time he seems dead and buried he fights his way back into the frame. On Sunday he was the all action leader midefielder Sunderland needed, marshalling defensive proceedings in midfield. One thundering tackle deep in Sunderlands half to halt a Scunthorpe attack outlined how Cattermole planned to go about his business that afternoon.

Along with being defensively astute, Cattermole drove the ball through the centre of midfield when the opportunity arose, catching the Scunthorpe players off guard and provided a solid platform for Sunderland to move forward. He seems to have an excellent understanding with Jack Baldwin, using the centre backs more cultured passing game to recycle play on numerous occasions.

Surely he'll be given a chance to continue his good form with the expected continued absence of Dylan McGeouch.


Who do you think will be Sunderland's two biggest players this evening? Let us know in the comments if you fancy...


Lee Cattermole, Lynden Gooch