Lee Johnson Sunderland press conference RECAP: Transfer, injury and takeover updates ahead of Shrewsbury Town clash
Sunderland are preparing for this weekend’s meeting with Shrewsbury at the Stadium of Light – with Lee Johnson’s side looking to bounce back from Tuesday’s defeat against Plymouth.
Johnson is set to hold his pre-match press conference this afternoon, while the Wearsiders are also looking to make a few more additions before the end of the transfer window.
The Black Cats head coach has so far added midfielder Carl Winchester to his ranks this month and is now looking to strengthen other areas.
A different attacking option remains high on his wanted list, while an injury to Denver Hume means Sunderland are also in the market for defensive cover.
We’ll bring you the latest news, analysis, transfer talk and more from the Stadium of Light throughout the day, as well as more build-up to this weekend’s fixture.
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LIVE: Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news (January 22)
Last updated: Friday, 22 January, 2021, 14:44
- Sunderland are preparing for Saturday’s meeting with Shrewsbury at the Stadium of Light.
- Black Cats boss Lee Johnson will hold his pre-match press conference at 1pm today.
- Shrews boss Steve Cotterill will miss the match as he continues his recovery from COVID-19.
- Johnson is continuing to hunt for new faces as he bids to strengthen his options in key areas
- Sunderland remain in the market for a forward player and a left-back
Hello and welcome to Friday’s Sunderland AFC live blog.
The Black Cats have another game this weekend, and we’ll have all the build-up ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Shrewsbury.
Lee Johnson is set to hold his pre-match press conference at 1pm today and we’ll have live updates right here, as well as the latest SAFC news.
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Cotterill to miss Sunderland clash
Shrewsbury Town boss Steve Cotterill will miss this Saturday’s game at the Stadium of Light as he continues his recovery from COVID-19.
The former Sunderland assitant manager spent time in intensive care last weekend after testing positive for the virus, and watched his side’s FA Cup defeat to Southampton on Tuesday night from hospital.
Assistant Manager Aaron Wilbraham has been leading the team in his absence and will continue to do so against the Black Cats.
Wilbraham does expect to have more dialogue with Cotterill as the game nears.
What’s the latest on transfers?
Ideally, Sunderland are still looking to make two new additions this month - one attacking player and a new left-back following an injury to Denver Hume.
Johnson has talked of finding a ‘different dynamic’ in the final third, and wants to find a player capable of stretching the opposition defence throughout games.
Nothing appears imminent but things can change quickly as we reach the final few days of the window.
We should get another update when Johnson speaks to the media this afternoon.
Phil Smith answers your questions
Our SAFC writer Phil Smith was answering readers’ questions in his weekly transfer Q&A yesterday.
Read his thoughts HERE
Inside track on Dion Sanderson situation
Will Dion Sanderson stay to complete the season?
Phil Smith: Cardiff City reportedly tried to swoop for Sanderson earlier in the window but Johnson has been relaxed whenever asked about the situation.
At one stage in the campaign, it looked very much as if Sanderson would return to Wolves in this window.
Despite widespread surprise and enthusiasm when the Black Cats signed him on deadline day (he was only available as a Championship move fell through), gametime was limited and Wolves were understandably frustrated.
Johnson quickly established that he wanted to keep Sanderson and so held positive talks with Wolves.
Though not initially involved in Johnson’s first teams, the head coach convinced Wolves that the fixture schedule would present opportunities and that his development would be well served by staying on Wearside.
With Jordan Willis managing a knee problem and other injuries hampering the Black Cats defence, Johnson is already beginning to be proved right on that front.
Sanderson himself has said he is happy to stay.
Wolves still have the recall option, so the issue is not settled definitively, but it does not appear to be a concern for Johnson.
McCarthy set to become Cardiff manager
Cardiff are reportedly set to appoint former Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy as their new manager.
The Bluebirds sacked Neil Harris on Thursday after six straight defeats left the club 15th in the Championship.
McCarthy, who won promotion from the second-tier with the Black Cats in 2005, left Cypriot champions Apoel earlier this month.
Edwards looks ahead to Sunderland clash
Shrewsbury midfielder David Edwards is looking forward to this weekend’s trip to the Stadium of Light.
He told the Shrews’ website: "Sunderland are a huge side for League One but there is no reason why we can't go there and get a positive result. It's always difficult playing against a team with a new manager and I know Lee Johnson's team play out from the back.
"We know they are going to start fast being the home team. There will be pressure on them to come and attack us. We have to be ready for that and put our own stamp on the game.
"We are very well drilled now on the formation we play and we always find little ways in preparation for games of ways to hurt the opposition. They have good players and play some good football but we are ready for that."