Player News - Sunderland

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Sunderland couldn't manage to get its first win of the season but the Black Cats did earn their first point under David Moyes.

The Scottish manager looked set for his first Premier League win with the club, following the midweek League Cup win against Shrewsbury, after veteran forward Jermain Defoe drew a foul on Southampton defender Jose Fonte in the penalty box in the 80th minute and converted the chance past goalkeeper Fraser Forster for his second goal of the season. But the Black Cats blew the 1-0 lead with just five minutes left in the match after a Jay Rodriguez goal. For Sunderland, Fabio Borini and Lamine Kone returned from injury while Steven Pienaar and Javier Manquillo earned their first starts.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 27 - 11:55 AM

Jordan Pickford could line up against Southampton this weekend after Vito Mannone was rushed to hospital for further tests following a training ground injury.

Concerns at present, are that Mannone may have suffered a fractured elbow, although there has been no official update since David Moyes spoke to the written press ahead of tonights' League Cup tie against Burnley. "Unfortunately, this morning, we’ve taken another injury with Vito on his elbow," he said. "We’re just about to take him to hospital to get it checked. It could be serious and we’re a little bit worried about it, but I couldn’t tell you how good or bad it is yet." With only two Premier League starts, which includes a 4-1 loss at White Hart Lane, Moyes is not worried about Pickford being thrown in at the deep end: "I saw Jordan play for Preston last season quite a bit and I was impressed by how he was."
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 24 - 9:19 AM

David Moyes admitted his squad is down the "bare bones" following the 1-2 home defeat to Middlesbrough.

Having played as a makeshift midfielder on the opening weekend at the Etihad, John O’Shea was back in a more familiar role on Sunday as injuries threaten to derail the Black Cats season before September. Moyes begrudgingly granted Younes Kaboul a move to Watford this week, the player citing personal problems, and Lamine Kone was told to stay away yesterday after claiming to have a back injury following his refusal to sign a new deal. Papiss Djilobodji came in for his debut, partnering O’Shea, but the Republic of Ireland international couldn’t see out the first half after he "popped his groin". With a shortage of central defenders, Jack Rodwell slotted into the back four but Moyes will be hoping for movement on the transfer front this week to help provide some much-needed reinforcements.
Aug 22 - 5:10 AM

Patrick Van Aanholt scored in the 71st minute and registered two shots on target in Sunderland's lose to Middlesbrough.

Van Aanholt was the catalyst of Sunderland's second-half resurgence. The fullback deservingly scored his club's lone goal in the Tees-Wear derby. The move started when Duncan Watmore stung a strike from outside the box, which Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Guzan failed to hold. Van Aanholt was first to react to the ensuing rebound as his charging run put him in perfect position to finish from close range. Van Aanholt continues to be a smart play in all fantasy formats because of his tendency to be involved in Sunderland's attack. Last season he scored five goals in 33 appearances.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 21 - 12:35 PM

Sunderland officially announced the signing of free-agent winger Steven Pienaar to a contract through the end of the season.

The 34-year-old made his club debut against Middlebrough as a substitute in the first half after reuniting this week with manager David Moyes, who signed him from Borussia Dortmund back in 2008 and again in 2012 after a failed stint at Tottenham. But the Toffees released the South African international this summer once his contract ran out after an injury-plagued season last year in which he made only four Premier League appearances.
Aug 21 - 9:09 AM

David Moyes is facing a selection dilemma ahead of his first Wear-Tees derby at the Stadium of Light.

The new Black Cats boss was forced into using John O’Shea as a makeshift midfielder against Man City last weekend. Having lost Jan Kirchhoff [hamstring] until after the international break and Lee Cattermole [groin surgery] for up-to 6 weeks plus Seb Larsson until 2017, Moyes must now consider his defensive options. Younes Kaboul was granted a move to Watford due to personal reasons, while Lamine Kone ruled himself out of Sundays game because of injury. Speaking at the pre-match press briefing yesterday, Moyes was asked: "Does Kone have a bad back? Or does he say he has a bad back?" To which he replied: "He says he’s got a bad back." The injury coincides with his recent contract refusal following interest from Everton. Papiss Djilobodji will come in for his debut but Billy Jones has failed to recover from a hip problem.
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 20 - 7:49 AM

Injuries to Lee Cattermole, Jan Kirchhoff and Seb Larsson meant that David Moyes was forced into using John O’Shea as a makeshift midfielder at the Etihad on Saturday.

Following the news that Seb Larsson could miss up-to six months, after undergoing knee surgery to repair medial knee ligaments, Moyes revealed Cattermole may need to go under the knife to cure a long standing groin complaint: "It looks like Lee might need a hernia operation." No news yet on how long he’s likely to miss, but despite a solid performance from O’Shea, Moyes will be keen to ensure his switch was only a "one-off" with the possibility of bringing in reinforcements before the transfer window closes: "It [is] one area we are definitely going to have to look to strengthen in." Kirchhoff aggravated a hamstring injury during pre-season, but the German is believed to be close to a return and may be available for Sundays Wear-Tees derby.
Aug 15 - 6:53 AM

Sunderland was dealt another midfield blow this summer after Sebastian Larsson had surgery to repair a knee injury that will keep him out for six months.

Midfielders Lee Cattermole and Jan Kirchhoff are already injured while the club couldn't renew the loan of Yann M'Vila this summer, which forced John O'Shea into defensive midfield in Saturday's loss to Manchester City. Without a bevy of midfielders, manager David Moyes opted for American Lyden Gooch and Jack Rodwell on Saturday. Said Moyes: "Seb Larsson has had an operation, which will keep him out for five to six months. We would have struggled to field an eleven of experienced players. We are happy to put out some of the youngsters, and some will be on the bench and some will play."
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 15 - 4:00 AM

Paddy McNair's Sunderland debut saw the former Manchester United man score Manchester City's winner.

The Black Cats fought back from an early Sergio Aguero penalty to draw even on a Jermain Defoe second half strike. It looked like David Moyes might spoil Pep Guardiola's debut until McNair's gaffe settled it for the Citizens.
Source: Espnfc.com
Aug 13 - 2:28 PM

David Moyes has been reunited with his third Manchester United player as Adnan Januzaj joins Paddy McNair and Donald Love at the Stadium of Light.

Januzaj broke into the United starting eleven briefly during Moyes' troubled tenure at Old Trafford and he will now look to re-start his career under Moyes at the Stadium of Light. After falling behind a number of younger players at United and failing to make the grade at Borussia Dortmund last season, Januzaj is in need of a place where he can get minutes and Sunderland should be that place. There is potential there but with Whabi Khazri in place Januzaj will be no better than a secondary creator upon his arrival.
Aug 12 - 9:33 AM

Sunderland has added defensive reinforcements in the signings of Manchester United defenders Donald Love and Paddy McNair.

The pair of 21-year-old defenders arrived for a combined £5.5 million and each signed four-year contracts. It's uncanny that the defenders play the exact same positions in center-back, right-back and defensive midfielder as they will re-united with former Manchester United manager David Moyes as his second and third signings, respectively. Said Moyes: "Paddy is a young, athletic player who is improving all the time. He has experience for Northern Ireland and we want to bring as many international players to the club as we can. Donald comes highly recommended and is another young player who I hope can develop and improve here."
Aug 11 - 6:05 AM

Sunderland remain hopeful that Jermain Defoe, Jan Kirchhoff, Billy Jones and Seb Larsson can all recover from their various ailments in time for Saturday’s trip to the Etihad.

Defoe has been side-lined since July after suffering a thigh injury in training, but speaking after last week’s final pre-season game in Germany, Paul Bracewell revealed the 33-year-old will "hopefully he will be back working with us next week". The assistant manager was also able to provide a positive update on Kirchhoff who continued his recovery from a hamstring problem over the weekend alongside Jones who is managing a minor hip complaint. The one concern is Larsson, who picked up an unspecific knock prior to the game against Borussia Dortmund, the midfielder is still being assessed with an update expected within the next 24-48 hours.
Aug 8 - 1:13 PM

Sunderland has announced its first signing of the summer by making a move for Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji.

The 27-year-old arrives at Sunderland after less than one year at Stamford Bridge, where he made just one appearances in the Capital One Cup. After arriving for only £2.7 million, Chelsea was able to turn a massive profit by selling the Senegalese international to the Black Cats for £8 million despite spending most of last season on loan with Werder Bremen. Djilobodji becomes David Moyes' first signing as Sunderland manager and reinforces an aging defense.
Aug 5 - 6:46 PM

Sunderland made it four wins on the spin against Dijon on Wednesday, but the victory came at a cost after a muscular problem forced Patrick van Aanholt off early in the second half.

Robbie Stockdale confirmed van Aanholt "felt some groin tightness" although based on initial reports, his withdrawal appears to be precautionary: "There is absolutely no major issues," revealed the first team coach. "Whether we risk him on Saturday will depend on how he settles down over the next couple of days." Jermain Defoe is certain to miss out though, with the striker a doubt for the remainder of the preseason programme after suffering a thigh strain in training. However, and despite ongoing tests, the club remain confident he will be ready to face Manchester City in game week one. "At the moment it’s probably too early to say and we don’t think it’s anything serious, but obviously with a player like Jermain you don’t to take any risks."
Jul 28 - 8:40 AM

Reports around England claim Everton is considering a summer bid for Sunderland defender Lamine Kone this week.

The center-half only joined the Black Cats in January in a £6 million move from Lorient, but impressed in helping Sunderland stay in the Premier League after making 15 starts in the second half of the season. New Everton manager Ronald Koeman was reportedly impressed by the defender and is now considering a £15 million move. Meanwhile, Everton is closing in on a move for Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye this summer after triggering his £7.1 million release clause this week.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 27 - 6:41 PM


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