'What formation?': Sunderland fans react to Jack Ross' experimental team at South Shields

Jack Ross has named his Sunderland side to take on South Shields – and fans have been quick to react.

Thursday, 11th July 2019, 18:51 pm
Sunderland fans have reacted to the team named take on South Shields

In the Black Cats’ first pre-season game, Ross has named an experimental side as he looks to blood in some of the club’s youngsters.

And a strong squad has descended on the Evo-Stik Premier League outfit for the clash – with only injured duo Aiden McGeady and Max Power and stopper Jon McLaughlin confirmed to be missing out.

Ross has now unveiled his first-half squad - with something of an experimental shape in operation.

And fans have been quick to offer their take on the team on social media – here’s what they’ve been saying:

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@SuperKevFTM said: “No left back??? What formation?”

He later posted: “Chuffed a lot of kids getting a chance. Very interested in Bainbridge and what people watching tonight think of him. Maybe answer to defensive issues. Also interesting that Loovens actually involved.”

@lincolnsafc added: “Robson mcgeouch that’s a cm pairing that should work”

@cowanscrack posted: “Hopefully we will see some attacking intent tonight.”

@DanielJenks89 commented: “3-5-2 I am guessing”#

@WilliamHTipp asked: “is mcgeouch playing LB?”

@browny996 tweeted: “Before anyone reads to much into it [Jon] McLaughlin has had 1 day training”

Sunderland AFC first half XI: Burge, C McLaughlin, Loovens, Bainbridge, McGeouch, Kimpioka, Robson, Hackett, Honeyman, Gooch, Wyke

Ross will then name a separate team for the second half, which is yet to be confirmed.