Sunderland manager David Moyes. Nigel French/PA Wire.

Sunderland manager David Moyes. Nigel French/PA Wire.

Sunderland secured their third win in four attempts with a 2-1 win over champions Leicester at the weekend, moving to within touching distance of 17th place in the Premier League in the process.

After Jermain Defoe and a Robert Huth own goal gave the Black Cats a second home win in a row, SportsByte looks at five things we’re learning from David Moyes’ rejuvenated side.

1. People were wrong to judge Moyes so early

As far as Premier League managers go, there are very few with quite as much experience as David Moyes. However, as Moyes started his Sunderland career so poorly, it looked as though that experience was coming to the end.

The Scotsman has bounced back though. From back to front he has organised the side. They are now playing with structure and confidence. If Moyes can keep Sunderland up this season, that will only add to his already impressive resume.

2. Jordan Pickford is destined for the top

Pickford didn’t have too much to do, but coped brilliantly to deny Leicester a late equaliser.

It’s true that we probably knew that Pickford was destined for the top but he is seemingly improving every week. He looks confident well beyond his years and already looks very close to being the finished article.

3. Sunderland must buy another striker

Defoe is a goal machine. He notched his 250th goal in English club football at the weekend and his has formed a great partnership with Victor Anichebe.

However, Anichebe is injury prone and while Fabio Borini is an adequate replacement as a secondary striker, with his work rate and pace, there is no replacement in the squad for Defoe. Not only do Sunderland need someone to be back up to Defoe for the rest of the season, they need someone to replace him when he hangs up his boots.

4. Young players are improving

Jason Denayer was brought in on loan from Man City in the summer, possibly to be back up at centre back. He struggled slightly when he first arrived but has since improved and at the weekend he gave a great performance in the holding role until he was forced off.

Duncan Watmore is also improving game by game, possibly because of Sunderland’s increased possession in meaningful areas, or perhaps because he is more confident playing in a winning side.

5. Record signing is showing his worth

Didier Ndong has performed reasonably well since his arrival in the summer. But, when the side were losing early in the season, many began to question his ability to turn a game.

Ndong is not the sort of player to win games with moments of individual brilliance – he is, however, a very intelligent footballer, with great technical ability. He has good control and a clever range of passing. With the side now looking upwards instead of down, Ndong could be crucial to the teams style of play as the season goes on.