ARGENTINE international Marcos Angeleri looks to have put the final nail in his coffin as a Sunderland player with an outspoken attack on manager Steve Bruce.
But Sunderland will not mind that as they look to offload a footballer who has failed to live up to the expectations which led up to his £2m move to the Stadium of Light last summer.
Angeleri has played only nine minutes of the Black Cats’ Premier League campaign so far – a rate which works out more than £100,000 for every 60 seconds – but the full-back has questioned whether the reason for his lack of involvement is personal rather than professional.
He said: “Steve Bruce is not a nice person at all – he’s a little unpleasant.
“I think he doesn’t like me because I’m not English. The boss doesn’t talk to me, he doesn’t even say hello to me when he sees me.”
The 27-year-old, who has been somewhat bizarrely called up for Argentina’s friendly game against the USA this weekend, despite hardly featuring at Sunderland, maintains the international selectors are right to choose him, claiming that he is been frozen out at the Stadium of Light.
“I have played just a few minutes in Sunderland since my arrival,” he said. “I want to play – that’s my job.
“And that’s why I’m not happy in Sunderland – I don’t understand why I’m not playing. The boss is too defensive.”
Sunderland fans are likely to be scratching their heads at the defender’s remarks.
He has shown nothing to suggest that he is a better right-back than Nedum Onuoha, Phil Bardsley or even centre-half Anton Ferdinand and has failed to sparkle either in the League Cup defeat to Notts County or several Reserve team games.
Bruce is thick-skinned when it comes to personal comments like this and will take them with a pinch of salt.
Last week, he admitted to the Echo that his latest excursions into the South American market had failed – Paraguay skipper Paulo Da Silva failing to shine in the Premier League, his international team-mate Cristian Riveros having made no impact and Angeleri – the only one of the three who had cost a transfer fee – getting nowhere near first-team level.
Da Silva has now gone, to Spanish side Real Zaragoza and Riveros is almost certain to leave in the summer.
Angeleri is certain to follow them out of the door if a suitable deal can be struck.