Player News - Sunderland

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Hartlepool United have snapped up Sunderland defender Scott Harrison.

Harrison, who had been training with Pool, has joined on loan until the end of the season. The Black Cats had already given their blessing for the 21-year-old to join Pools again but Moore explained that he was reluctant to sign a player he had not seen in a match situation. That has since been resolved.
Jan 30 - 7:20 PM

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is expecting Adam Johnson to recover from a calf injury in time to face Burnley at the Stadium of Light in game week 23 but the Black Cats do have a number of concerns ahead of the match.

Defender Wes Brown and midfielder Lee Cattermole [both knee] missed out last weekend and Poyet is sweating over the fitness of the pair although it is hoped they will be back with the group at some-point over the next few days. Anthony Reveillere hasn’t featured since limping out of the derby warm-up at St James’ Park back in December but the veteran full-back is close having recovered from an Achilles issue. However Sunderland will be without Jack Rodwell who serves a one game suspension – Ricardo Alvarez or Emanuele Giaccherini are likely to deputise for Saturdays’ crucial game.
Jan 27 - 6:34 AM

Sebastian Larsson didn't had a particularly impressive first half of the season but he's been increasing his productivity early in 2015 punctuating the run with a goal in Week 22.

Playing time hasn't been a problem for the player who has appeared in all 22 Premier League matches for the Black Cats thus far in 2015. The issue for the 2014 portion of the season is that he wasn't putting up his customary numbers with a total of 135 points through 19 weeks (that's a fairly pedestrian 7.1/match average). Since the calendar turned to 2015, Larsson has upped his productivity with outputs of 12, 7, and 21 points. Perhaps he's an odd numbered year sort of a guy but it's worth watching to see if he can keep things going.
Jan 23 - 12:28 PM

Sunderland will not risk Adam Johnson unnecessarily ahead of this weekends’ FA Cup fourth round tie against Fulham after the attacking midfielder picked up a minor calf injury.

Johnson is "unlikely" to feature along with teammate Lee Cattermole who suffered an injury setback recently – knee - following his recovery from a groin strain. The Black Cats are just above the relegation zone having taken just 1 point from a possible 15 since the derby win over Newcastle and first team coach Charlie Oatway was keen to stress the clubs main focus is on their Premier League survival. Defender Wes Brown [knee] will face a late fitness test but Jermain Defoe could feature as he looks to gain some valuable match-fitness while Liam Bridcutt is available again following suspension. Vito Mannone may get a rare outing in the first team but Gus Poyet will leave any goalkeeping decisions until the last moment.
Jan 22 - 7:02 PM

In a not-so-common occurrence for Liverpool, goals were found from the striker position as starter Fabio Borini and substitute Ricky Lambert provided the scoring in the Reds 0-2 win over Aston Villa.

Today's result should confirm beyond a shadow of a doubt that the purchase of Mario Balotelli was a gigantic and expensive mistake. Even without Steven Gerrard, Liverpool were able to display a competent attacking form against a Villa side who can shut you down on their day. Borini opened the scoring when he volleyed home a nifty Jordan Henderson cross as the latter scooped the ball over the Villa defense and Borini was able to stay onside. Brendan Rodgers then made a like-for-like substitution and flipped Borini for Lambert. The veteran received a Raheem Sterling pass out right on a counter-attack and slotted it into the far corner of net to seal the points in the 79th minute. With Daniel Sturridge due back in the near future and Pool showing better defending in the past couple months, fantasy investment across the squad is trending upward.

Jermain Defoe is at the Stadium of Light completing his medical ahead of a permanent transfer to the Black Cats with Jozy Altidore heading to Toronto FC in return.

With most of the details of this deal sorted out we are comfortable reporting that Jermain Defoe will be a Sunderland player. The move represents a huge boost for the Black Cats who have been struggling mightily to score goals this season. The symbol of this struggle, Jozy Altidore, will be leaving Sunderland in part payment for Defoe. This is a good move for both players in addition to Sunderland.
Jan 14 - 1:46 PM

Jermain Defoe has signed with Sunderland and Jozy Altidore is on his way back to Major League Soccer.

According to multiple reports, Sunderland have signed Defoe to £14 million deal over three-and-a-half years for £80,000 per week ($129,000), and in return are sending Jozy Altidore back to MLS. Defoe joined TFC last January from Tottenham Hotspur for a reported $10 million transfer fee on a four year deal. Altidore failed to settle at Sunderland after a $10 million move from AZ Alkmaar of the Eredivisie in the summer of 2013. His departure from Sunderland was long overdue. It looks as if the US men's national team striker will join Michael Bradley in hopes of bringing TFC to the MLS Playoffs for the first time in since joining the league, but there is no confirmation which club he'll end up with as of just yet. One stipulation for returning USMNT players is that they go through a process called allocation. TFC hold the sixth pick as it stands right now. They would need the five teams in front of them to either pass, or make a deal with the Montreal Impact for the top spot.
Source: TSN
Jan 13 - 7:09 PM

Gus Poyet has confirmed the players who missed out during the home defeat to Liverpool on Saturday have a "good chance" of being available for game week 22.

Steven Fletcher was hampered by a groin problem during the build-up to last weekends' match which ultimately forced the Black Cats striker out while attacking team mate Jozy Altidore was struck down with illness on Friday night. Anthony Reveillere – who limped out of the warm-up during the Tyne / Wear derby in December – is also very close with the trio all expected to train this week. They join Jack Rodwell [hamstring] and come into contention for the trip to White Hart Lane. Lee Cattermole [groin] however remains a concern – the midfielder is not with the group yet but Gus Poyet is "hopeful" he can come back to replace the suspended Liam Bridcutt. Ricardo Alvarez will be pushing for a start after illness meant he was an unused substitute at the Stadium of Light.
Jan 12 - 1:11 PM

Jozy Altidore is discussing a contract with Major League Soccer and three teams are expressing interest.

The three parties vying for the US men's national team striker are Toronto FC - home to Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe - the Portland Timbers and the New York Red Bulls, who just recently saw Arsenal legend Thierry Henry depart at the end of the 2014 season. Jozy has struggled mightily in the Premier League, scoring just one single PL goal for Sunderland across 41 appearances and 2,094 minutes over the past two seasons. Despite his ongoing struggles, MLS appears to be a great destination for Altidore where his marketability would be higher than any other place in the world.
Jan 7 - 7:54 PM

Patrick van Aanholt marked his return from injury with the winning goal as Sunderland beat Leeds in the FA Cup third round at the Stadium of Light.

van Aanholt had been out since early November due to a dislocated shoulder suffered against Crystal Palace, but he returned to the line-up to grab the winner against Leeds to push his side through to round four of the FA Cup. The Dutch defender was a top defensive performer in the Yahoo fantasy game through the first three months of the season and he should be back on your radar in the coming weeks.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 5 - 7:19 AM

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet will ring the changes as the Black Cats entertain Leeds at the Stadium of Light on Sunday in the third round of the FA Cup.

Lee Cattermole is still struggling with the same groin injury which kept him out of the defeat at Manchester City – Jack Rodwell will be hoping to retain his place following a goal against his former club – and Santiago Vergini is likely to be rested after a minor knock / fatigue forced his early withdrawal at the Etihad. Liam Bridcutt [concussion] comes back into the reckoning while fringe players Cabral and Jozy Altidore will be pushing for a start - Emanuele Giaccherini could gain some valuable match-fitness after 3 months out following his recent ankle ligament injury. Poyet confirms Anthony Reveillere and Patrick van Aanholt should join the main group in training from next week.
Source: Orange Sport
Jan 3 - 5:46 PM

Emanuele Giaccherini looked healthy in week 18, making a 30 minute cameo from the bench.

Giaccherini had been out for three months and came off the bench on Boxing Day, so it's unknown if he'll have enough to earn a start on Sunday. We don't see him playing a full 90 minutes and he shouldn't be considered in fantasy this week.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 06:17:00 PM

Connor Wickham returns from suspension in week 18 and will be available to face Aston Villa.

Wickham was suspended for accumulating five yellow cards. He has had a quiet fantasy season and has only averaged five fantasy points per match. Away at Villa, he is not a great fantasy option.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 06:14:00 PM

Fabio Borini may have played his final game in a Liverpool shirt after the Italian striker was sent-off for two bookable offences following his introduction during Sundays’ last gasp draw with Arsenal at Anfield.

A frustrated Borini cut a forlorn figure as he trudged off after a high challenge on Santi Cazorla left referee Michael Oliver with no option after he had been booked moments earlier for dissent. Borini rejected summer moves to both Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers to "fight for his place" but it is evident that the player does not feature in Brendan Rodgers’ long-term plans having only started one league game this season. Despite the stuttering and out-of-form Mario Balotelli and the disappointing Lazar Markovic Borini has been continuously overlooked and with Raheem Sterling also staking a claim for a place up front the forward may look elsewhere during the January transfer window.
Source: Metro
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 08:10:00 AM

Gus Poyet will consider bringing Billy Jones straight back into the first team after more than two and a half months if the injury to Anthony Reveillere is serious enough to keep the defender out of Thursdays’ clash against Hull City at the Stadium of Light.

The veteran French full-back has impressed since arriving in October following his release from Napoli providing defensive cover for the injured Patrick van Aanholt [dislocated shoulder] and Billy Jones [hamstring] starting all 7 games since his debut against Arsenal. However Reveillere missed Sundays’ derby win over Newcastle because of a muscular problem suffered during the pre-match warm-up - the 35 year-old limped to the sidelines having tweaked his calf which forced a last minute reshuffle and Liverpool loanee Sebastien Coates came in for only his third league start since May 2013. Gus Poyet must now decide whether to risk Billy Jones who is close to a return or continue with the same side that managed a shut out at St James’ Park.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 04:14:00 AM

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