Tuesday, 20th May, 2014

Former Sunderland goalkeeper Thomas Myhre has showered praise on current first team custodian Vito Mannone, who he believes has "proved how well he can play."

The former Arsenal goalkeeper was impressive for the Black Cats, managing a total of 11 clean sheets in 29 league matches and was pivotal in securing the team's survival in the league. 

Myhre adds that Mannone deserves the accolade of being voted Sunderland's Player of the Year for having a "fantastic season."

“Vito has had a fantastic season”, the 40-year-old told Sunderland's official site.


“I saw that he was voted player of the year, which is a great accolade to pick up in your first season, especially when it’s voted for by fans.”

Being called up as a substitute for Keiren Westwood back in November, Mannone came in and did a good job according to Myhre, and did everything to keep his team in the league.

“He’s done ever so well.

“Mannone was called upon when Westwood got injured and came in and did a very good job.

“People may have been unsure about him at first, but he’s proved how well he can play and he’s played an important role since coming into the side.

“Sometimes goalkeepers aren’t always acknowledged for that but I think he played a tremendous part in keeping Sunderland in the league", the former Everton player added.

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