SUNDERLAND take on Chelsea in the quarter final of the Capital One Cup tonight.
After a poor run of form in the Premier League, the fixture gives Gus Poyet the opportunity to try out some of his fringe players in the first team.
Here are three players I think should be given a chance against the Blues:
1. Valentin Roberge
Wes Brown and John O’Shea look to have formed a strong partnership in the centre of defence for Sunderland, but the former’s horrific injury problems will surely prompt Poyet to rest the former Manchester United defender for tomorrow night.
To replace Brown, Poyet should look to Valentin Roberge, who has been given limited opportunities since his arrival from Maritimo in the summer. The French defender has started just four Premier League games and has looked comfortable when he has played. The game with Chelsea would be the perfect time to call the 26 year old back into action.
2. Charis Mavrias
Mavrias has been totally cast aside since Paolo Di Canio’s exit from the club, but the Greek winger will be desperate to be part of the first team plans for the Capital One Cup quarter final. Despite only being 19 years old, Mavrias already has two caps for the Greek national side.
A £2.5 million capture from Panathinaikos, Mavrias has spent the majority of his Sunderland career either on the bench or in the stands. The second youngest player to ever feature in the Champions League might earn his maiden start in the League Cup tonight.
3. David Moberg Karlsson
Phil Bardsley is Sunderland’s joint top goalscorer this season. That should tell you enough about the Black Cats’ striker performances so far this campaign. With that in mind, Poyet should use the Chelsea game as an opportunity to blood one of Di Canio’s forgotten summer signings, David Moberg Karlsson.
The 19 year old forward has scored five goals in 11 appearances for the Swedish U19s and is ready to break into the Black Cats’ first team squad. Poyet has nothing to lose in unleashing Moberg Karlsson on a leaky Chelsea defence.
This article was written by FTBpro’s Richard Bell
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