GUS POYET insists none of Sunderland’s fringe players will be forced out of the door, despite Connor Wickham today being expected to join David Vaughan in moving to the Championship.
Vaughan yesterday penned a three-month loan deal with Championship high-fliers Nottingham Forest after the Welsh international was not even included on the bench for Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby success.
The 30-year-old will be followed out the exit by Wickham, with the England Under-21 international today set to seal a month-long move to Sheffield Wednesday.
Burnley were thought to have been leading the chase for Wickham, but Wednesday – who took the 20-year-old to Hillsborough on a one month stint last season – made an enquiry last week for the £8million striker and are now expected to win the race for his signature.
Poyet says that, with a fully-fit squad of 26 senior professionals at his disposal, he has to be fair to those on the fringes by giving them the opportunity to get match practice.
But the Uruguayan stresses that whoever leaves the Stadium of Light, it will be done with the full consent of the player.
“We’re trying to be fair with the players,” said Poyet.
“Who, when and where depends on the club, the manager and the player.
“I don’t like to push people out. I like to make sure they know where they stand.
“But there are options because of the quantity we have and the difficulties of keeping everybody happy.
“It has to be a full agreement for everybody to be happy. It’s not that we call people and tell them to get out and go somewhere.
“With David, a decision was made all together. It was good for everybody because it was difficult for him to play at the moment.
“He wanted to play, he was interested, everything came together at the right time and we all decided it was a good option for him.”
The head coach added: “I’ve never had it in my life with everybody fit. There’s not one injury.
“It’s very difficult for individuals, but very good as a manager.
“You can choose, but, for the players, it’s not easy.
“There are players staying out (of the squad) who are very good players and have played at the highest level.”
Several Championship clubs had been credited with an interest in Vaughan, but the midfielder says he was only aware of Forest’s interest and jumped at the chance of joining the side lying in sixth place in the second tier.
The move could be an opportunity for Vaughan to seal a permanent deal, with his Sunderland contract coming to a conclusion next summer.
And Forest would have the financial muscle to make a move for Vaughan in the transfer window, with his loan deal running until January 29.
Vaughan said: “The only club I knew had made an approach was Forest. It would probably have been my first choice anyway, so I’m pleased to be here.
“I’ve played a few games this season for Wales and Sunderland so I’m match fit.
“Hopefully with a few games at Forest, I can get up and running.
“There’s a good, competitive squad here and the desire is there to get to the Premier League so hopefully we can do it together.”