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Player News - Sunderland

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The scoreline was misleading as Sunderland struggled for much of the day but scored three late goals to make it look like an easy 3-0 over Birmingham City in the Capital One Cup.

Connor Wickham and Adam Johnson and the entire Sunderland side looked disjointed for much of the Capital One Cup match-up against Birmingham City but Jordi Gomez's goal in the 77th minute sparked them. Johnson (87th) and Wickham (88th) scored rapid fire goals late on to seal the tie for the Black Cats. It won't be one that they can take much from but in a week when Manchester United, Aston Villa, and QPR all went down to lower league opposition they can at least take solace in the fact that they are moving on and in a month no one will remember how they got to the final scoreline.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 27 - 5:10 PM

Jack Rodwell scored on his home debut, but it's too early to get excited about his prospects as a fantasy asset.

Rodwell scored the equaliser for Sunderland against Manchester United and this brought him 10 points in the Yahoo game, but aside from that he did little else that is rewarded in fantasy football. The midfielder finished the week on 11 points overall, and he's not going to score too many goals, so for now he is best used a bench back-up option while he remains cheap.
Aug 26 - 4:20 AM

Emanuele Giaccherini will return to first team duties after the international break as Sunderland take no risks in his recovery from a muscular injury.

Sunderland coach Gus Poyet confirmed the Italian international will be back to face Tottenham Hotspur on September 13th as the winger continues his recovery from a groin problem. Giaccherini sustained the injury during the clubs final pre-season match against Udinese and Poyet is being particularly cautious about rushing the player back. Typically a grade one tear can side-line a player for between 2/3 weeks but the Blacks Cats manager is not prepared to risk a potential return prior to ensure Giaccherini has fully recovered. Billy Jones is back in full training after missing Saturdays draw at The Hawthorns.
Aug 19 - 7:45 AM

Sunderland's new signing Patrick van Aanholt put in a terrific display on debut and it resulted in big fantasy returns.

van Aanholt was signed from Chelsea in July, slotted straight in to the left-back position for Sunderland's opening game against West Brom and instantly looks like he could be a fantasy hit in the Yahoo game. The defender intercepted a phenomenal eight passes and also picked up an assist for Seb Larsson's late equaliser after great work down the flank. 14 points is an excellent score without a clean sheet, he remains affordable and is only 1% owned - jump on the bandwagon!
Aug 18 - 4:07 AM

Sunderland's Lee Cattermole scored a stunning goal as Sunderland drew 2-2 with West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Cattermole's fine long-range effort gave Sunderland a fifth-minute lead before Berahino's brace looked to have secured West Brom an opening day win. However, Sebastian Larsson levelled for the Black Cats with five minutes remaining after great work by Patrick van Aanholt to send the away fans home happy. An entertaining game and a decent point for both teams.

Sunderland's Billy Jones is sidelined by a hamstring injury for the opening match against West Brom.

Signing Jones was one of Sunderland's best pieces of business over the summer, but the right-back will miss out on making his debut against his former side in Week 1 due to a hamstring injury. Santiago Vergini could slot in in his place. Winger Emanuele Giaccherini also misses out with a groin injury.

Sunderland have completed the signing of Brighton winger Will Buckley on a three-year deal.

Sky Sports are reporting a fee in the region of £2.5million for the 24-year-old, who played under Gus Poyet at Brighton. Buckley has probably been signed as a squad player with Sunderland low on depth, but the winger is a talent and could give the likes Adam Johnson and Seb Larsson some competition for a starting berth once the season gets going and he gets used to the Premier League.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 15 - 3:59 AM

Sunderland have rejected a bid for striker Connor Wickham from West Ham, BBC Newcastle understands.

West Ham are believed to have offered £4m for 21-year-old Wickham, who helped Gus Poyet's side avoid Premier League relegation last season. The deal would be to replace the injured Andy Carroll, but Sunderland have rejected the bid, despite the fact Wickham is entering the final year of his deal meaning and could leave for a reduced fee next summer if he fails to sign a contract extension.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 15 - 3:56 AM

Sunderland have landed one of Guy Poyet's stars from his Brighton days with the signing of Will Buckley.

Sky Sports are reporting that a deal for Buckley for a modest £2.5million transfer fee has been completed. We haven't seen anything official yet but you get the feeling that while this may be a nice signing, it isn't the big move that Poyet seems to have been agitating for in the media for most of the summer. The manager has appeared frustrated at the club's ability to close deals when asked by reporters about transfer progress. Buckley will get every chance compete with Sunderland's other versatile wingers - Larsson, Giaccharini, and Adam Johnson - for playing time.
Aug 13 - 11:32 AM

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is hoping to have an almost fully fit squad this weekend when the Black Cats travel to The Hawthorns on Saturday to take on West Bromich Albion.

Only Emanuele Giaccherini has been ruled out of the opener after picking up a minor groin strain last week. The Italian international had performed well over the summer with a string of encouraging performances although Gus Poyet did confirm that the former Juventus midfielder won’t be sidelined for too long after a scan revealed no significant damage; the player is expected to be out for "a few weeks." Slight doubts also remain over full-back Billy Jones (hamstring) but despite a hectic close season the Black Cats boss will be able to call upon the services of Steven Fletcher (ankle), Jozy Altidore (hamstring), Lee Cattermole (calf) and midfielder Liam Bridcutt following their recovery from recent injury.
Aug 13 - 8:32 AM

This may not sound like a big deal but for a player who has been dogged by injury issues, playing injury-free for even a half is a good sign.

For Sunderland and England supporters as well as fantasy managers looking for a bargain, the news of Rodwell actually playing football for 45 uninterrupted minutes is a big deal. Gus Poyet took a big risk paying a substantial fee for a player who has a long list of injury complaints at a young age. If Rodwell can stay healthy and start 30 or so matches, it will likely be viewed as a good signing. If he can't stay healthy then everyone will be left to wonder what else the club could have done with £10million to strengthen the squad.
Aug 8 - 7:22 PM

Sunderland have announced the re-signing of Argentine defender Santiago Vergini on loan from Estudianties in Argentina.

Vergini's first loan spell at Sunderland started in January of last season and was up and down as the player adjusted to the increased pace and quality of the Premier League. Apparently Guy Poyet liked the improvement he saw over the course of that loan spell because the Black Cats today elected to take the player on loan again for the entire 2014-15 season. This is a solid move but Sunderland will be hoping to bring in a couple more players before the transfer window closes.
Source: SAFC.com
Aug 7 - 4:41 PM

Forgotten man Jack Rodwell finally has a chance to start again as he has completed a move from the bench at Manchester City to the starting eleven at Sunderland.

Jack Rodwell left Everton for Manchester City with the tag of being an up and coming star in the Premier League and potentially for England. After a few seasons of injury and as a deep reserve while City has won two league titles, he has re-emerged as a relevant player on the fantasy scene after his move to Sunderland. Gus Poyet, who has been eagerly awaiting new signings will be excited to have Rodwell to bolster the spine of his team. Given the increased importance of tackles and intercepted passes in today's fantasy landscape, Rodwell could be a great bargain for your fantasy roster.
Source: The Guardian
Aug 5 - 4:52 PM

Sunderland are prepared to offload Connor Wickham if the Great Escape hero doesn’t pen a new deal at the Stadium of Light, admits Gus Poyet.

Wickham's goals saved Sunderland from relegation last season and he has been in discussions over a new deal all summer, but the club and the player have yet to come to an agreement. The 21-year-old forward is entering the final year of his deal meaning he could leave for a reduced fee next summer if he fails to sign a contract extension, so Poyet has claimed Sunderland will need to cash in now rather than lose millions in 12 months. "For me, Connor’s situation is clear," said Poyet."He needs to sign a new contract or we let him go – we sell him. There is nothing in between."
Aug 1 - 6:06 AM

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has indicated that a move for Liverpool striker Fabio Borini could still be on after confirming talks between the two clubs.

Sunderland agreed a fee with Liverpool two weeks ago and the club were keen to sell, but Borini himself decided he wanted to stay at Anfield, much to Poyet's frustration. It now appears negotiations are back on, and if Brendan Rodgers were to make it clear to Borini that he doesn't feature in his plans for the season ahead, then the 23-year-old striker may feel he has no option but to take the deal on offer at the Stadium of Light.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 31 - 5:46 AM


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