GUS Poyet has revealed he will NOT be recalling either Alfred N’Diaye or Danny Graham from their loan spells in this month’s January transfer window.
And that would suggest the writing is on the wall as far as both players’ Sunderland futures are concerned.
In the run-up to the window Poyet said he would wait until January to consider the situation of the players – Graham at Hull City and N’Diaye at Turkish side Eskisehirspor – who had recall options in their loans this month.
But the head coach told the Echo: “I’ve given it some thought and I will not be recalling Alfred or Danny back this month.
“We will leave them to finish their season-long loans.”
Graham and N’Diaye both arrived on Wearside in the same January transfer window, albeit by very different routes.
Martin O’Neill spent £5m buying Tyneside-born Graham from Swansea, only for the striker to fail to find the back of the net in 13 appearances for the Black Cats.
Central midfielder N’Diaye arrived from Turkish side Bursaspor for £3.8m.
But the French Under 21 international made only a limited impact in his 16 appearances, though many Sunderland fans thought the powerfully 23-year-old had potential to improve.
Arguably the failure of N’Diaye, Graham and fellow January 2013 window arrival, the barely used Kader Mangane to give a boost to Sunderland’s season, effectively sealed the fate of former manager Martin O’Neill.
Poyet has come in with a fresh look at all the players he inherited from Steve Bruce, Martin O’Neill and Paolo Di Canio and could, if he felt it would have helped Sunderland, recalled either Graham or N’Diaye in the current window.
It should be borne in mind that the the return of either would have added to Sunderland’s wage bill, with the loan clubs no longer funding part of their pay.
And Sunderland are having to manoeuvre in the transfer market very carefully so as not to breach financial regulations on the amount of money that is allowed to be spent on wage bills by individual clubs.
But the fact remains that if Poyet had felt either player would have helped to transform or improve the current Sunderland side, he would most likely have done so.
And the fact he is happy for both to remain on loan perhaps suggest that when their loans expire at the end of this season, the Uruguayan will not be looking to factor them into his future plans.
Meanwhile there has been a massive boost for Sunderland in the loan market with Swansea’s decision not to recall Sunderland loan man Ki Sung-Yueng, who has been such an influential player for the Black Cats since joining the club on September 1.
Swans boss Michael Laudrup said: “Of course there was a possibility when you think about the number of midfield players we have.
“But there are a number of things you have to take into consideration.
“Sunderland are bottom of the table but they are in the semi-final and he is playing all the time.
“I think I couldn’t bring him back as it wouldn’t help either of us.
“He is playing there all the time so imagine I take him back and he plays sometimes or sits on the bench and they reach the final – you can imagine mentally how that would affect the player.”