DANNY GRAHAM was close to getting a second bite of the cherry at Sunderland before Steven Fletcher rediscovered his scoring touch.
Graham is expected to make his debut for Wolves against Nottingham Forest today after joining the Championship outfit on loan until the end of December.
Sunderland have been trying to offload Graham since the 29-year-old returned from last season’s loan spells at Hull and Middlesbrough, yet the terms have not been acceptable to the Black Cats, who are still picking up the tab for part of the £5million man’s wages at Molineux.
However, despite it being made clear to Graham that he could leave Sunderland, head coach Gus Poyet has been impressed by the striker’s attitude and performances in training.
And Poyet has revealed that had top scorer Fletcher not got back among the goals, then he could have turned to Graham up front - 18 months since he last appeared in the Sunderland starting XI.
Poyet told the Echo: “It was funny with Danny because he was not too far away from having a chance.
“The problem is when he was getting closer, Fletcher started putting it in the net, so that went away.
“He wants to play, so the loan is good for him.”
Wolves have already indicated that they could look to extend Graham’s loan stint at the club, with the former Swansea man under contract at Sunderland until the summer of 2016.
But Poyet insists nothing has been agreed beyond the end of Graham’s initial loan after Wolves emerged successful from the pack of Championship clubs looking to sign the striker.
Poyet added: “It’s not forever, it’s just until the end of December.
“I hope he can play and put what he’s been doing in training into practice, because he’s been excellent in training.”