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Three players who will exit Sunderland in the summer.

As relegation to League One looms for Sunderland we preview three players who could exit the Stadium of Light in the summer.

Paddy McNair

Former Manchester United midfielder Paddy McNair looks likely to leave due to wages, McNair has struggled for a run in the first team due to injury. However, he returned in the 2-1 defeat to Preston North End before playing for Northern Ireland on Saturday.

McNair has made a big impression when he has played for the Black Cats and he has scored several crucial goals including a last gasp equaliser against Bolton Wanderers at the Stadium of Light early on in the campaign.

Played mainly as a defensive midfielder nowadays he will attract interest from Championship sides or maybe even a lower league Premier League club such as Swansea City.

Aiden McGeady

After a fantastic start for the club under former manager, Simon Grayson McGeady’s form has dipped drastically, the Irish winger exploded into life with an array of fine performances earlier on in the season.

However since the appointment of Chris Coleman McGeady has found chances in the first team hard to come by being used as a late deploy of the bench to inject pace into the game.

A January move to Leeds United was reportedly on the cards and this could be finalised in the summer as he is in all honestly too good to play in League One.

Duncan Watmore

Watmore has hardly kicked a ball this season due to a long term injury but the roadrunner as he is known is an excellent player and one that will certainly attract interest from clubs all around the country.

Watmore posses a fantastic range of pace and finishing ability and I could see him in the Premier League with a side such as Everton where he could join friend and former teammate Jordan Pickford.

Watmore hasn’t got the chance to impress Coleman as yet but if a high offer comes in then Sunderland due to their of field problems have no choice but to accept it.

Sunderland fans do you think these 3 players will exit the Stadium Of Light this summer? Do you think any other high profile names will depart if your club is relegated? Let us know in the comments section…

Northern Irish striker linked to Wearside.

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty is being tipped with a move to Sunderland from Scottish Premiership club Hearts.

Lafferty formally of Norwich City,Rangers and Burnley is being lined up by the Black Cats who only have two senior strikers at the club in the form of Josh Maja and Joel Asoro who are both only aged 18.

Following the departure of James Vaughan to Wigan Athletic and Lewis Grabban cutting his loan spell short the North East side are desperate to add options in attack.

Lafferty who was the key figure in Hearts ending Celtic’s 69 game unbeaten domestic run to an end could add yet another club to his seemingly never ending list . Coleman is said to be a big fan of the man from Enniskillen.

He has scored 7 goals in 21 games so far this season for Hearts and is settled in Scotland but a move to Sunderland could tempt him with a better calibre of football on show in the Sky Bet Championship.

Coleman also confirmed on Thursday night his second signing of the window Brighton winger Kazenga Lua Lua has linked up with the club.

Lua Lua is a very good signing as he has the attributes needed in the division to succeed with his pace and this is exactly what the Red and White need in attack.

Lua Lua who started his career at rivals Newcastle United will have to start well with the Black Cats due to the pressure on his young shoulders.

He has plenty of goal scoring experience in the league so he should be one that the players around him should be looking to supply with clear cut chances as he wowed the Amex on many occasions with his finishing.

Other Sunderland targets being dished around are Ben Marshall from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Andy Lonergan from Leeds the goalkeeper looks set for the Stadium of light in a deal that will send Aiden McGeady the other way and Chris Martin from Derby County.

If Coleman signs all his targets mentioned the club should have no problem in staying up in the relegation dogfight.

Sunderland fans would you like to see Kyle Lafferty at the Stadium of Light? Let us know in the comments section…

 

 

Walters to check in at the Stadium of Light!

Jon Walters is set to become Chris Coleman’s second signing as manager of Sunderland AFC after bringing in Jake Clarke-Salter on loan from Chelsea.
Walters is expected to join the Black Cats on an 18-month contract from Burnley he will replace the outgoing James Vaughan who joined League One club Wigan Athletic early on Friday afternoon.

The Republic of Ireland striker would be an excellent addition to the side as Sunderland are left with only one fit striker in the form of 18-year-old Josh Maja after Lewis Grabban cut his loan spell short earlier this month as he returned to parent club AFC Bournemouth.

Walters would certainly link up well with Sunderland and Irish teammate Aiden McGeady, Coleman has said he is “Pretty Close “to bringing two new strikers into the club and fans at the Stadium of Light are excited by the prospect of Walters leading the line.
Currently bottom of the Sky Bet Championship this is a major coup for the club showing that they are still looked upon as one of the biggest clubs in English football.

This is an excellent move for not only the club but the player as he was frozen out at Turf Moor due to injury earlier this season this will give him a chance to get his confidence back and he is sure to score plenty of goals in the second tier of English football.
Walters does not only bring goals but his hold up play is what Sunderland have lacked this campaign to his strength will bring the wingers into play to float more crosses into opposition boxes all over the country.

The 34 is sure to be a fans favourite as he never gives up on the pitch he puts 100% effort into every match he plays pressing opposition defenders high up the pitch.

This is one that Sunderland fans should get excited about.

 

Owls on International duty

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kieran Westwood has been forced to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad due to a rib injury for the upcoming games against Moldova and Wales.

The former Coventry and Sunderland stopper withdrew from Martin O’Neil’s squad on Monday. Westwood is ever improving and it is a well-known fact that O’Neil is a big supporter of the 32-year-old.

Westwood has missed the Owls last two games a 4-2 defeat in the Sheffield derby and Sundays 3-0 victory over fellow Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

Steven Fletcher and Barry Bannan are gearing up for two crucial ties with Scotland against Slovakia and Slovenia on Thursday and Sunday still in the hope that the Playoffs are still available.

O’Neil said when speaking about Westwood “I am disappointed to lose Kieran he is an outstanding goalkeeper and a great lad to have in and around the dressing room we wish him the best of luck in his recovery”

Fletcher and Bannan did not take part in Monday’s training session at Hampden Park due to recovery time being given due to the Leeds fixture but are set to take part in today’s (Tuesdays) session.

Another Owl in International duty is young England international George Hirst as he was named in Paul Simpson’s squad for games against Czech Republic and Slovakia on Friday and Monday respectively.

Steel City Derby preview

Blue and White vs Red and White the Steel City derby is back this weekend for the first since 2010 at Hillsborough home of Sheffield Wednesday .

Sheffield United have failed to win any of the previous four fixtures between the sides at Hillsborough where the Owls have made home advantage count as they have won 10 of the past 20 meetings between the sides at S6.

This fixture also brings new managers to the fore as Carlos Carvahal and Chris Wilder go into their first derby as managers of the sides.

Wednesday currently sit 8th in the table compared to United who sit two places above in 6th after a simply incredible start by the Blades who will hope Billy Sharp continues his fine form in Sunday lunchtimes big kick off.

Steven Fletcher and Gary Hooper will be the key to the Owls winning as they are both expected to start together the duo have linked up with Barry Bannan well so far this season so this will be a danger point for United.

Carvahal’s men have scored two more goals than their City rivals so far this season but the Owls defence have leaked far to many goals both home and away.

United will be well up for the clash after defeat last weekend to Norwich City so they will be focused to sending their fans home very happy on Sunday afternoon.