Player News - Sunderland

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Sam Allardyce is no longer England manager after the FA mutually agreed to terminate his contract just 67 days into his "dream job."

Following a sting by London based broadsheet newspaper The Daily Telegraph, Allardyce had to go following an investigation which raised concerns that "the guardians of [our] game" had fallen below the standards expected. Allardyce was caught on camera discussing ‘third-party ownership’ and specifically offering advice on how to circumvent the rules governing transfers. Following yesterdays’ meeting at Wembley Stadium, the FA released a statement confirming he would leave by "mutual consent" in order to protect the "wider interests of the game." Allardyce admits he made a "terrible error of judgement" and that his behaviour was silly. "Entrapment has won on this occasion and I have to accept that," he said. Gareth Southgate will now take charge of the next four international matches with the Football Association branded a ‘laughing stock’ by former England and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer.
Sep 28 - 6:31 AM

Sunderland have been dealt another blow after a scan revealed Manchester United loanee Adnan Januzaj damaged ankle ligaments during the 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace.

The 21-year-old was replaced with just five minutes remaining on Saturday but when the injury actually occurred isn’t evidently clear. Januzaj was on the receiving end of a heavy challenge in the first half, however, he managed to continue until Victor Anichebe was introduced as the game was drawing to a close. Januzaj will join long-term absentees Seb Larsson, Fabio Borini and Vito Mannone in the treatment room while his injury serves as another major setback for David Moyes who is still searching for his first competitive win. Wahbi Khazri is poised for recall having spent much of his season warming the bench.
Sep 27 - 4:39 PM

Sunderland will look back on Week 6 as the one that got away after blowing a two-goal lead in a 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace.

Forward Jermain Defoe only continued his red-hot run for Sunderland in 2016 with two goals in the opening hour to give the Black Cats a two-goal lead at home, seemingly assuring the club of its first Premier League win of the season. But the collapse began just one minute after the second goal as Crystal Palace scored three, from Joe Ledley, James McArthur and Chrsitian Benteke, in the last half-hour of the match to sink the hopes of David Moyes' group at the Stadium of Light.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 24 - 12:08 PM

David Moyes confirms Jermain Defoe will not feature at Loftus Road in the EFL Cup after picking up a knock on Sunday.

Speaking ahead of the clash with Queens Park Rangers Moyes confirmed: "We’ll have to change one or two things, but Jermain won’t go [after taking a kick to the calf]." Even if Defoe was fit, he wouldn’t have featured, as the striker is kept in kid gloves ahead of an important weekend in the Premier League. With Victor Anichebe "not ready to play yet" and Fabio Borini currently side-lined until December, options in attack are limited - teenager Joel Asoro could start if he can recover from the minor injury picked up while playing for Sweden under-21s. Elsewhere, Patrick van Aanholt has been included in the travelling squad. The full-back cited a virus as the possible cause to his late withdrawal at White Hart Lane on the advice of a cardiologist report from the Football Association. Adnan Januzaj is suspended but will return this weekend.
Source: Clubcall
Sep 21 - 7:16 AM

Sunderland will have to do without talisman Jermain Defoe up top against Queens Park Rangers in the League Cup on Wednesday.

The veteran forward sustained a knock in a 1-0 loss to Tottenham over the weekend and manager David Moyes expressed hope that resting him against QPR will keep him fresh for the upcoming weekend against Crystal Palace while giving fringe players the chance to start. Said Moyes: "Jermain got a bit of a knock so he won't go to QPR. We need to make sure he's fit for the weekend...Some players need game time but some need a rest, so we will take a good team down but we will make a couple of changes."
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 21 - 6:58 AM

The rumors behind Patrick van Aanholt's sudden withdrawal from Sunday's match against Tottenham have been put to rest.

The club mysteriously scratched the left-back less than an hour before the 1-0 loss due to "medical reasons" but manager David Moyes revealed it was due to a heart scan that raised questions about his health. However, van Aanholt reportedly has a chance to play in the League Cup on Wednesday. Said manager David Moyes: "He had the statutory checks with the cardiologists and the FA panel of cardiologists looked at it and advised us really late on Sunday that he should not play until further tests had taken place. We are just surprised that the FA panel didn’t contact me or contact my doctor until 3.55pm on Sunday afternoon."
Source: The Guardian
Sep 20 - 4:44 PM

Jordan Pickford continues to impress for David Moyes and was responsible for keeping Sunderland in the match, but Tottenham's one goal was enough to grab all the points in the 1-0 result at White Hart Lane.

Sunderland were able to get a deal done post-transfer window by adding Mika to their choice of keepers with Vito Mannone still recovering from injury, but Pickford is making a case that he should be the first choice option. Tottenham peppered the Sunderland net, especially in the first half, but Pickford displayed the composure of a veteran, making eight saves on the day and keeping Sunderland in a position to earn a result. The attack could not do their part though as they were the latest club to be denied by a stout Tottenham defense, who have now only conceded two goals through five games. Adnan Januzaj was sent off on the 90 minute mark after collecting his second yellow card, but he will be able to serve his suspension during the League Cup tie with QPR in the coming midweek and will be available again next weekend when the Black Cats aim to grab their first win of the season against Crystal Palace.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 18 - 1:48 PM

Sunderland manager David Moyes said he is in no hurry to rush summer signings Jason Denayer and Didier N'Dong into the team.

The young duo arrived at the end of the transfer deadline and made their debuts for the Black Cats as second-half substitutes last weekend against Everton. But while they are viewed as potential starters, Moyes said he will integrate them into the team slowly: "They [Denayer and Ndong] are both in and around it and they will both play a lot of games this year. We need to give them a chance to bed in and we don’t want to be putting in new players all the time, but they are here to be part of the squad and they came on the other night and got some minutes which will help."
Sep 16 - 6:50 PM

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole and winger Steven Pienaar have been cleared for the weekend match with Spurs.

Cattermole has missed the entire season so far after requiring surgery to repair a double hernia while Pienaar has been in and out with issues over match fitness as well as a knock. However, manager David Moyes confirmed new signing Victor Anichebe won't be available: "Lee Cattermole and Steven Pienaar have got a chance of being involved. They have both trained for the last few days and they are beginning to push a little bit more to join the group. It would be good to get Victor ready but I don’t want to rush him; he has a little bit of a thigh strain but he’s stilling running so we’re just being protective."
Sep 16 - 6:46 PM

Sunderland defender Jason Denayer is expected to make his club debut this weekend against David Moyes' former side in Everton.

The 21-year-old joined the Black Cats on a season-long loan from Manchester City on deadline day after returning from his loan at Galatasaray last season. After the club lost Younes Kaboul to Watford, Denayer is now in a prime position to battle for a starting spot with Papy Djilobodji and John O'Shea. Said Denayer about his appearance for the club in a friendly this week: "I was happy to start the game because I didn’t play a lot of games in pre-season. It’s good to get back on the pitch, and I think it was very important for me...But physically, I am really well - 100%, I am good. I just need to adapt to what the club wants, and that is what I need to do to improve right now."
Sep 8 - 7:14 AM

Jan Kirchhoff is closing in on a return to first team action after completing 90 minutes for the Under-23s at Rochdale on Tuesday.

The German midfielder has been out since picking up a hamstring injury in Montpellier during pre-season six weeks ago, but Kirchhoff could be added to the squad on Monday for the visit of Everton. His availability, and the loss of Fabio Borini to groin surgery, could see David Moyes revert back to a 4-2-3-1 with Kirchhoff partnering Jack Rodwell in a deep lying holding role. Jordan Pickford will have his thigh injury assessed after missing out for the England under-21 side, the Black Cats are already a keeper down following the loss of Vito Mannone who went under the knife to repair elbow ligaments.
Sep 7 - 12:26 PM

Two full days after the deadline, Sunderland announced its ninth signing of the summer in free-agent Victor Anichebe.

The 28-year-old was released this summer by West Bromwich Albion after spending three seasons at the club, where he made 55 appearances in all competitions. Anichebe joins on a contract through the end of the season and will provided cover up top following a series of injuries for David Moyes' side. Said Anichebe: "I have a lot of good friends here and everyone knows that I know the manager really well. He brought me through as a young player and was a big factor in me coming here. I had a few options in England and Europe but the manager was a huge pull for me. He knows me inside out and I feel like he can get the best out of me."
Sep 3 - 5:47 AM

Sunderland are reeling from the news that Fabio Borini could be side-lined until December.

Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, David Moyes confirmed: "Borini, we expect to be out for three months, that is a rough guide. There is a chance it could be a bit quicker. [But] we are being told it is three months [as the] abductor that came off the bone." The setback will serve as a bitter blow for the Black Cats after Moyes originally referred to the injury as "a little twinge" in response to post-match questioning at Southampton last weekend. The injury leaves Jermain Defoe as the only established senior striker, although Duncan Watmore and youngsters Josh Robson and Rees Greenwood are options. Sunderland may now consider the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner who are free agents available on short-term deals.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 2 - 4:49 PM

Sunderland failed to sign a goalkeeper on Deadline Day which makes Jordan Pickford the default starter until Vito Mannone returns from injury.

The Black Cats looked to have a deal in place to sign Mika Domingues from Boavista on a two-year contract, but even though both sides reportedly were ready to shake hands, the deal did not get completed by the deadline. Pickford only has Max Stryjek behind him and Stryjek has next to no experience at this level of football. On a positive note, Mannone has had successful surgery to repair the torn ligaments in his elbow and, according to him, will be back sooner than the original three month estimate. While Elden Jakupovic was a serviceable 4.0m defender in FPL to start the season, Pickford looks to be the only option at that price now after Hull signed David Marshall.
Sep 1 - 1:18 AM

Sunderland manager David Moyes has continued a busy deadline day with the signing of Manchester City defender Jason Denayer.

The 21-year-old joins on a season-long deal after an impressive loan with Galatasaray last season that saw him shine in the Champions League group stage. With so much depth at Manchester City, Denayer becomes the fourth Sky Blue player to be loaned out today, following forward Wilfried Bony (Stoke City), midfielder Samir Nasri (Sevilla), and Eliaquim Mangala (Valencia). Expect Denayer to challenge for a starting spot in the Sunderland back-line next to Lamine Kone or at right-back.
Aug 31 - 5:25 PM



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