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Central Midfield: Cabral
Having only arrived from FC Basel last month, Paolo Di Canio can be pleased more with the performance of Cabral than any other summer signing.
The 24-year-old latched onto the end of a Jozy Altidore pass in the first half, pouncing through on goal before sliding a neat finish past Brad Friedel to equalise for his new side.
Aside from that, Cabral put in a lot of graft in Sunderland’s engine room, coping well with the conditions to break up a heap of Spurs possession, distributing well in the process.
Central Midfield: Sebastian Larsson
Playing in a slightly unfamiliar central role, Seb Larsson’s playmaking prowess shone through, but a lack of defensive positioning was evident in the Swede’s contribution.
Withdrawn for El-Hadji Ba in the second period, Larsson’s natural ability as a wide player was quite evident in his link-up play with Stephane Sessegnon, but Cabral may have appreciated a helping hand at times where Larsson couldn’t perhaps offer it.
Right Midfield: Adam Johnson
Although it works in his favour a lot of the time, Adam Johnson’s fondness for cutting inside to his favoured left foot became a pattern of predictable proportions against Spurs and one Danny Rose found it easy to cope with for the large part.
The Spurs left-back of course has the advantage of having worked with Johnson last season, but the former Manchester City man's ingenuity could still do with some work at times.
That said, Johnson did help in laying on a decent supply of ammunition for his side, but a better conversion rate will still be a priority for the winger.
Left Midfield: Emanuele Giaccherini
As Paolo Di Canio’s most expensive signing as Sunderland manager thus far, Emanuel Giaccherini’s display against Tottenham wasn’t quite of the standard fans will be hoping to see at the Stadium of Light this season.
That isn’t to say the Italian was bad, but Giaccherini’s tendency to waste the ball under pressure will need to improve if Di Canio’s lauding of his ability is to be proven true in the near future.
In fairness, the conditions weren’t helping anyone in Hong Kong, but the former Juventus attacker showed a good thirst to beat Kyle Walker down his right flank, with his ability in dribbling to the byline one of the biggest positives in his outing.