Sunderland fans were once again left bemused by Phil Parkinson’s decision to start Grant Leadbitter.
The Black Cats were beaten at home by Burton Albion to plunge to a new low under Parkinson. He has just two wins in 11 games since taking over from Jack Ross and the promotion hopes are taking a hit.
Leadbitter has been a regular under Parkinson and Sunderland fans have criticised the decision to stick with him. The 33-year-old operates in central midfield but his performances have been under scrutiny.
Leadbitter’s form dips
It seems that Leadbitter – who started his career at Sunderland – is past his best. There are other more dynamic options in midfield but Parkinson has played safe with the inclusion of Leadbitter.
After the loss against Burton, Sunderland fans were quick to take to Twitter and criticise a host of players. Leadbitter was one of many who were blasted on social media for their part in the 2-1 defeat.
This has become a recurring theme for Leadbitter this season. The former Middlesbrough man can’t seem to recapture his form. Here are some tweets about him.
Got rid of them all the summer (Cattermole, Baldwin, Oviedo, Honeyman) to be left with a 97 year old Grant Leadbitter and the most anonymous man in football Max Power. https://t.co/onIReiqjou
— Matty Mid (@middsey89) November 26, 2019
Max power and grant leadbitter shouldn’t be wearing a Sunderland shirt
— Kerry (@wiggywoos) November 26, 2019
How bad was so the called ‘Mr. Sunderland’ Grant Leadbitter yestd? Its clear his signing last Jan, was for sentimental, not football reasons & given our finances, was a massive error of judgement. Wrong player, wrong time. Along with all of the other CMs currently at the club
— Ian Harrison (@Hag_SAFC) November 27, 2019
Leadbitter loves being in loads of space with the ball, passing it to someone under pressure and having a go at them when it goes wrong
— Mike Parkin (@MikeyParkin) November 26, 2019
Burge, Lynch, McLaughlin, willis, power, leadbitter, maguire were all shambolic last night. add a manager who thinks we were poor just for the last quarter of the game last night into the mix… never mind the roof and the lift is getting fixed
— Dean Cummings (@Deanospamoni85) November 27, 2019
Worst football Ive seen ever at the club. Nobody mamaging the vlub from the top to the manager, players looking to bench get nothing back, at one point Leadbitter just shrugged his shoulders as his question went un answered.
IT HAS TO CHANGE STEWART… WAKE UP…
— Consett Cannons (@CannonsConsett) November 27, 2019