Player News - Sunderland

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Sunderland is always a popular spot for unwanted Spurs players and DeAndre Yedlin has added his name to that list as he joins the Black Cats on a year-long loan from White Hart Lane.

The US international was already unlikely to get much playing time with England international Kyle Walker ahead of him at right back. When Kieran Trippier arrived earlier in the summer, it all-but sealed Yedlin's fate with even back-up duty likely to be very hard to come by. With this in mind, the young American has moved to the Stadium of Light to see if he can find playing time. With Billy Jones anything but a rock solid starter, Yedlin will at least get a chance to compete for the right back spot although he's hardly a shoe-in for the role given his inexperience outside of Major League Soccer.
Source: Twitter.com
Sep 1 - 12:21 PM

Bologna have signed Sunderland midfielder Emmanuele Giaccherini.

Giaccherini joins Bologna on a season-long loan after being out of favor at Sunderland. He had four goals and four assists in 1356 minutes last season and didn't do enough to warrant consistent fantasy consideration. At Bologna, he might get more consistent playing time, but his fantasy value will likely remain low in the Serie A as he isn't a constant goal threat.
Source: WhoScored
Aug 31 - 2:51 PM

Fabio Borini has joined Sunderland for a fee of £7.75m.

Borini has been out of favor at Liverpool and has found a new home in the Premier League. The 24 year old Italian played for Sunderland in 2013-14 and scored seven goals in 32 matches to help Sunderland escape relegation. He will be welcomed back by fans, but he won't hold too much fantasy value outside of Sunderland's easiest matchups.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 31 - 1:40 PM

Sunderland will be grateful for an away point but with the shutters coming down on the transfer window, Dick Advocaat looks more than a few pieces of the jigsaw still missing…

The feeling inside Sunderland was the major (and expensive) surgery that took place in the summer had paved the way to a brighter future. And then the season started – which will undo all the best laid plans. The team looks still very much a work in progress, with the center-back partnership tinkered with again – Younes Kaboul partnered John O’Shea this time. Center-forward duties were shared – equally unconvincingly - a half each by Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher. Midfielder Yann M’Vila hasn’t convinced a single PL.com manager to invest, but opened his account with an excellent free-kick. But hopes will depend on the ‘worldies’ that Costel Pantilimon pull off (two so far this season) and the goals that Jermains Lens and Defoe can smuggle. And how many reinforcements can be drafted in before 6pm on Tuesday.
Source: bbc.co.uk
Aug 30 - 10:14 AM

Newly signed Ola Toivonen will be immediately welcomed into the Sunderland squad and may even get a start in his first week at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland are looking for answers and Toivonen has been brought in to potentially be one of those answers. Jermain Defoe has been Jermain Defoe and Jeremain Lens has been an assist machine so far but the Black Cats need more at just about every position if they are to avoid the relegation race. Exactly where Swedish international Toivonen fits remains to be seen. As an attacking midfielder, his goal record in Holland was exceptional but when viewed more as a forward his production in the Eredivisie and Ligue 1 wasn't anything special. His debut, either as a substitute or a starter, deserves some attention to see where he fits and whether he looks to be ready to compete in the Premier League after only registering 14 goals in 46 appearances for Rennes over a season and a half.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 28 - 1:43 PM

Jermain Defoe scored three and Jack Rodwell scored two but it wasn't all good news as Sunderland conceded three to League Two Exeter in Capital One Cup action.

Sunderland are through and have their first official win of the 2015-16 season in any meaningful competition but there's as much bad news as good. Conceding three goals to a League Two side won't exactly give Dick Advocaat confidence that it will be worth spending the rest of the season at the Stadium of Light. If the Black Cats face yet another managerial transition it's hard to see them staving off relegation for the fourth consecutive season.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 25 - 6:23 PM

Dick Advocaat is delighted with the improvement from Sunderland, but still looking to add three new faces…

After all the talk, anticipation and hope circling around Sunderland’s defensive reinforcements this summer, it was the return of John O’Shea at center-back that made the difference here. The Black Cats looked more solid and more competitive throughout. So whatever was said at the team meeting this week seems to be working. Boss Advocaat has said that he wants three more new players, but I suspect at least as many will be leaving before that happens. Danny Graham started upfront – Defoe’s third partner in three matches – but doesn’t look the answer. On the plus side, Jermain’s Defoe and Lens look sharp, carry a threat and linked-up well for the goal. Despite turning 33 in a few weeks, Defoe is still as good as many around the box and might be a decent value ‘third choice’ striker over the course of the season.
Source: bbc.co.uk
Aug 24 - 3:42 AM

Jermain Defoe equalized Bafetimbi Gomis' first half goal and it was enough to secure a point for the struggling Black Cats.

Sunderland needed a result of any kind in the worst way and picking up a point against previously undefeated Swansea will help stem the depression that had been setting in at the Stadium of Light.
Aug 22 - 1:44 PM

There weren't many highlights for the Black Cats as they lost at home 3-1 to newly promoted Norwich City but Duncan Watmore's goal on his debut was at least cause for a little celebration.

The supporters started leaving early at the Stadium of Light as their team looked like anything but a Premier League side for the second week in a row. Dick Advocaat's side scored a late goal through debutant Duncan Watmore who played in the SPL on loan at Hibernian last season. Norwich looked like a side that wasn't going to be very good after failing to capitalize on good possession against Crystal Palace last weekend but Sunderland made them look like world beaters.
Aug 15 - 12:35 PM

Adam Johnson has been ruled out for a minimum of 2-months after the Sunderland winger suffered a serious shoulder injury in training.

The full extent of the problem is not yet known and Johnson will head for further tests and a scan within the next 24 hours to determine the severity of the damage. Johnson was one of only a few players to leave the King Power last weekend with some shred of credibility having provided the assist for Jermaine Defoe and his absence until October [in the first instance] is a massive blow. Dick Advocaat also confirmed that Danny Graham is nursing a minor complaint and will face a late fitness test while midfielder Jordi Gomez is definitely out of the Norwich game as he continues his recovery from a fractured patella.
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 12 - 6:41 PM

Sunderland have sealed the deal for French international midfielder Yann M’Vila to join on a season loan. But top pundits still think the Black cats are for the drop…

However poor – and painfully dull – last season was, you have to say that Sunderland’s summer has been very good. The addition of Sebastien Coates, Younes Kaboul, Jeremain Lens and now 22-cap French midfielder Yann M’Vila has injected genuine strength, pace and quality. Three elements lacking last season. But it has not dissuaded both Jamie’s Carragher and Redknapp from predicting Sunderland to go down. However, they should be reminded that only four PL teams has a better clean sheet ratio (34%) and three of their summer additions are defensive ones. If Jermain Defoe – supported by the new boys – can provide more than the measly five goals that joint top scorer Fletcher and Wickham managed last season, their attacking area will also improve. Time will tell but there looks to be at least three teams in worse shape than Sunderland right now…
Source: bbc.co.uk
Aug 7 - 7:06 AM

Sunderland’s Sebastien Coates says it was an ‘easy’ decision to leave Liverpool and is looking forward to being the club’s number one center-back, despite strong competition…

Sebastien Coates was the first signing of the Dick Advocaat era, following the manager’s successful rescue mission last season. The Uruguayan says his decision to make his loan move permanent was an ‘easy’ one, after breaking into the team in the final month of the season and making the position his own. ‘The last month changed everything. Playing in the last six games was great’, he told local newspaper the Sunderland Echo. Based on pre-season Coates looks to be the number centre-back choice with John O’Shea, Younes Kaboul and Wes Brown (in that order) battling for the slot alongside him. Despite a poor season last time, Sunderland registered 13 clean sheets – only five teams had more – so Coates might appeal as a FL wildcard, at the right price.
Aug 1 - 9:57 AM

Sunderland lost for the third time in their last four preseason tilts, today looking unsettled in a 2-0 loss to League One side Doncaster Rovers.

It may be yet another fight to the finish in an effort to avoid relegation this season for Sunderland if the preseason has any bearing on what is to come. Outside of a brace in Toronto for Jermain Defoe that took a few minutes to achieve, the attack has been ineffective and the defense were left today asking questions about the two goals they conceded. One in particular was the fault of Rodwell who failed to clear a ball and allowed Doncaster to capitalize. Outside of Patrick van Aanholt, there isn't much the Black Cats are offering to begin the season that would appeal to managers. Perhaps they will kick it into another gear when things begin to matter, but it would be nice to see better from them in their final tune up with Hannover.
Source: Guardian
Jul 29 - 7:14 PM

Sunderland captain John O’Shea says the competition for places at the center of defense is a manager’s ‘dream’…

Far be it from me to suggest what Dick Advocaat dreams about in his private moments, but his skipper John O’Shea has put himself forward. And Wes Brown, Younes Kaboul and Sebastien Coates. But not necessarily in that order. The acquisition of Kaboul and Coates (permanently) this summer has given Sunderland much more strength in depth, but which two of the four will start is not yet clear. O’Shea will play alongside debutant Kaboul in their friendly with Doncaster this week and are probably favourites to start on week one. Seb Coates is still a week or two behind his team-mates following an extended break due to the Copa America and Wes Brown ended last season out of form and the team. Plus, highly rated academy product Tom Beadling is predicted to make a breakthrough this season having travelled with the first team on their North American tour.
Jul 28 - 10:42 AM

Dick Advocaat has confirmed that Sunderland midfielder Jordi Gomez will miss the start of the new PL season after failing to recover from a knee injury.

Gomez suffered a small hairline patella fracture in a freak training ground accident back in May and although it was originally envisaged that the 30 year-old would return to full fitness by mid-July, his recovery has been slower than anticipated with the Spanish playmaker currently in light training. Realistically Gomez should be available from September and remains the only Black Cat who is expected to miss Sunderlands' penultimate friendly - against Doncaster Rovers - on Wednesday as Advocaat boasts a relatively clean bill of health. Both Danny Graham and Connor Wickham were rested as a precaution in Toronto but should be okay along with new signings Jermaine Lens and Younes Kaboul. Sebastian Coates may need more time following a late return from the Copa America.
Jul 25 - 11:24 AM


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