Player News - Sunderland

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Wahbi Khazri is proving to be just the player this Sunderland attack needed to make a survival push after the Black Cats came from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw.

Down 2-0 with just eight minutes remaining, Sunderland stormed back for two quick goals in the final 10 minutes. First came Adam Johnson's curling free-kick in the 82nd minute after Khazri drew a foul just outside the box. Anticipating Khazri's free-kick, the Liverpool wall shifted too far to the right, allowing Johnson to curl his shot around the wall and into the bottom corner past Simon Mignolet. Minutes later, Khazri drew two defenders before threading a pass to Jermain Defoe for the equalizer to steal a point at Anfield. Sunderland now sit four points back of leaving the relegation zone after Newcastle's win. In team news, Duncan Watmore got the start over Fabio Borini while Khazri came in for an injured Jeremain Lens.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 6 - 12:09 PM

Jeremain Lens is a major doubt for Sunderland's trip to Anfield this weekend, opening the door for new signing Wahbi Khazri to make his first start for Sunderland.

Even if Lens were fully fit for this match, the odds are Khazri would make this weekend's XI regardless. He got his debut against playing Manchester City midweek, coming on in the second half, and immediately showed some flashes of threat. He also attempted a free kick which only adds to his fantasy appeal. He should be owned in all draft leagues and added immediately if still available. Otherwise, he should be monitored closely for this match against the Reds as he gets his feet further wet in English football. His upside is enough to have been included in this week's Player Rankings.
Source: IB Times
Feb 5 - 6:42 AM

Wahbi Khazri came on to make his debut for Sunderland, but could not inspire the Black Cats to victory in a 1-0 home loss to Manchester City.

Sunderland remain four points from leaving the relegation zone after Norwich City lost to Tottenham, but the 1-0 loss proved to be promising. It appeared as though Sunderland had its hands full after conceding a goal to Sergio Aguero in the 16th minute, but Sam Allardyce's defense held Aguero and company in check for the rest of the match. Khazri, who arrived over the weekend from Bordeaux in a £9 million move, came on for Jeremain Lens at the half and instantly infused some life into the attack, nearly scoring from a corner kick himself. Sunderland's best chance came in the first half when another debutant, Lamine Kone, missed a wide-open header off a free-kick from Yann M'Vila.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 2 - 5:01 PM

Sunderland completed its second loan move of the day by farming out midfielder Jordi Gomez to Blackburn Rovers for the remainder of the season.

After missing the start of the season due to injury, the Spaniard only made six Premier League appearances for the Black Cats. Since the departure of Gus Poyet, who brought him from former club Wigan, Gomez has struggled for playing time at the Stadium of Light. Gomez joins Steven Fletcher as the Sunderland second player to be loaned out as the forward joined Marseille on loan for the rest of the season just hours before.
Feb 1 - 5:51 PM

Steven Fletcher's Sunderland career appears to be over as the club has loaned him to Marseille for the remainder of the season in a late move on deadline day.

Fletcher's contract at Sunderland expires this summer, meaning he will become a free agent at the end of his loan spell in Ligue 1. The Scotland international made 16 Premier League appearances for the club this year, scoring four goals in the process, but was deemed surplus to requirements in the Northeast after the arrival of Dame N'Doye from Trabzonspor. Overall, Fletcher scored 23 goals in 108 appearances in his Sunderland career since arriving from Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2012.
Feb 1 - 4:37 PM

After getting the defender they wanted in the transfer window, the Black Cats have shipped out Sebastian Coates to Sporting Lisbon on loan for the remainder of the season.

The move comes less than 24 hours after signing Lorient defender Lamine Kone to a four-year contract. The move for Kone came as a surprise to many after the two clubs agreed to a transfer before Sunderland pulled out of the deal earlier this month. But after returning for the Ivorian defender, Coates flew to Lisbon for a medical before confirming the move today. The former Liverpool defender just signed a four-year contract with Sunderland this summer, but has not started for the club in a Premier League match in the new year with Wes Brown and John O'Shea preferred.
Jan 28 - 8:18 AM

Patrick van Aanholt continued his furious goalscoring form with the club's only goal in a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light.

The left-back has now scored a goal in each of the last four Premier League matches in a remarkable run of games for a defender. Van Aanholt made a blazing run down the left before Fabio Borini spotted him with a perfect pass that he swept past Artur Boruc for the goal. However, Sunderland couldn't manage much more than the equalizer after giving up a goal to Benik Afobe in the first half. The point wasn't enough to bring the Black Cats out of the relegation zone, but it puts them just one point back of rival Newcastle and two away from 17th-place Swansea City.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 23 - 12:27 PM

Sunderland went on the scoreboard first with a goal by Patrick van Aanholt, but Tottenham would score four times thereafter to hand the Black Cats a 4-1 loss.

Sam Allardyce handed Jordan Pickford his first Premier League start between the sticks and the youngster looked pretty good in the opening half, helping keep Spurs from netting first. Sunderland then took advantage of a rare chance when van Aanholt was set up with a brilliant through ball by Adam Johnson and the attacking fullback beat Hugo Lloris at the near post. Unfortunately for the Black Cats, they allowed Tottenham to equalize just 90 seconds later to make it level at halftime. Any chances of a positive result were dashed in the second half, as Spurs began putting their chances in. Jan Kirchhoff was handed his debut as a second half substitute and all he was able to do was allow a Christian Eriksen shot deflect off of him for Tottenham's third goal. There was no magic for Jermain Defoe today as he faced his former club.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 16 - 9:49 AM

Sunderland announced its second signing of the winter transfer window in Trabzonspor forward Dame N'Doye to a loan through the end of the season.

N'Doye is no stranger to the Premier League after arriving at Hull City last January. The Senegal international boosted the Tigers' attack by scoring five goals and recording an assist, but it was not enough to keep the side from being relegated. However, N'Doye will likely have to wait to make his Sunderland debut as he awaits a work permit, which is set to rule him out for the weekend. Meanwhile, the Black Cats also announced that winger Will Buckley has joined Birmingham City on loan following his loan stint at Leeds United.
Jan 15 - 2:34 PM

Jermaine Defoe scored three times, making it five in his last two league games, as Sunderland collected three massive points in a 2-4 win against Swansea City.

This was a wacky contest that saw controversial calls go mostly against the Swans as two of Defoe's three strikes looked to have been offside. On top of that, three of Sunderland's four goals came after Swansea right back Kyle Naughton was sent off and some would argue it was a harsh decision. Defoe got the opening goal, tapping in a loose ball as Lukasz Fabianski did a poor job of handling a shot by Fabio Borini. Swansea scored twice unanswered, the latter when they were a man down, and led at the break. It was all Sunderland in the second though. Patrick van Aanholt scored a curing effort from the edge of the box in the 49th minute to equalize and Defoe would score twice after that to lift the Black Cats to victory. Defoe has been a goal machine in the past, but five in his last two has him turning heads in fantasy once again.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 13 - 5:00 PM

Despite rumours of a disgruntled star and teams looking to sign him, Jeremain Lens is set to stay at Sunderland in the winter transfer window, according to manager Sam Allardyce.

Said Allardyce: "We haven’t had any interest in Jeremain from anybody else, so I would want him to be a big part of what we’re trying to do to get out of the trouble we’re in. He’s one of the most expensive players we’ve bought in recent years, so you’ve got to ask that player to live up to that reputation." The £13million summer signing was benched against Chelsea in Week 17 for disciplinary reasons, but scored against Arsenal over the weekend in the FA Cup. Lens has not started a Premier League match since Week 10, the beginning of Allardyce's tenure.
Jan 11 - 12:46 PM

Jermain Defoe carried Sunderland to a huge win over Aston Villa in the relegation battle match.

Both teams are in the relegation zone and this was a pivotal match between them. Sunderland were able to earn the win through two Defoe goals and another by Patrick van Aanholt, and now hold a seven point lead over dead-last Aston Villa. The match was a boring one as both teams played poorly and there were few highlights outside of a wonder goal by Carles Gil. Aston Villa now need a miracle to even get close to escaping relegation.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 2 - 12:15 PM

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is fretting his defensive setup ahead of the club's weekend match against Aston Villa after injuries to Sebastian Coates and Jack Rodwell.

Said Allardyce: "Problems always arise at this time with injuries – Jack Rodwell and Seb Coates have come off injured which is a big worry for us. Rodwell is a hamstring and with Seb we think it’s a collision, so it might be more bruising or a knock. It may be more of a dead leg than a muscle strain." Younes Kaboul is already out with an injury and John O'Shea is a doubt for the weekend after missing the Liverpool match with a calf injury. Coates could miss out along with Rodwell, who serves as an emergency center-back. Wes Brown started in place of O'Shea on Wednesday, but Billy Jones or youth product Tom Beadling may be called into action in the patchwork defense.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 06:35:00 PM

Sunderland could be without defender John O'Shea for Wednesday's match against Liverpool after the center-back picked up a calf injury on Boxing Day against Manchester City.

Manager Sam Allardyce was not optimistic over the captain's chances to face Liverpool, but said the injury isn't too much to worry about: "It’s not too serious, but maybe serious enough for the exclusion from the squad for the Liverpool game. Risking him at less than 100% would be foolish because he could tear that muscle even more and be out for a longer time, like Younes Kaboul." Already without Kaboul, Allardyce said he will turn to either veteran defender Wes Brom or U21 stopper Tom Beadling alongside Sebastian Coates after resorting back to a four-man back-line.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 11:05:00 PM

Fabio Borini scored Sunderland's lone goal in a 4-1 loss to Manchester City as the Black Cats sit five points clear of leaving the relegation zone.

Borini has been the club's loan goalscorer in its last four Premier League matches, adding to his goal against Chelsea last week. That goal earned him the start against Manchester City as Sam Allardyce was forced to shift from his three-man back-line due to an injury to Younes Kaboul, making six changes to the starting lineup from the loss to Chelsea. Vito Mannone earned his first Premier League start of the season over Costel Pantilimon in a forgettable debut. Steven Fletcher, Jordi Gomez, Adam Johnson and Danny Graham provided a different look to the club than in recent weeks, but it proved futile against a surging City attack.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 12:46:00 PM


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