'Obviously on his way!': Sunderland fans react as Phil Parkinson DROPS two in-demand players

Phil Parkinson has named his Sunderland side to take on Doncaster Rovers – and fans have been quick to react.

Friday, 24th January 2020, 6:53 pm
Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 6:53 pm
Phil Parkinson has named his Sunderland side to face Doncaster Rovers

The Black Cats have named an unchanged side from the win over MK Dons – meaning there is again a start for Joel Lynch, while Bailey Wright and Kyle Lafferty are forced to wait for their full debuts.

And once again, Will Grigg is left out the squad entirely. His exclusion has fuelled plenty of speculation on social media, with Sunderland fans quick to discuss his absence.

Tom Flanagan, too, drops out the squad with both players having attracted interest from afar in recent weeks.

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Here’s how supporters reacted on social media:

@lincolnsafc said: “Loving how he doesn’t change his team thats the way to get consistent results”

@Callum03Lawson added: “Lovely stuff”

@BuntingFootball posted: “No place in the squad for Will Grigg surely on his way out of the club before the transfer deadline”

@janey1000 posted: “#safc on a good run and on the tele... lets hope the kick doesn’t come next”

@MichaelPottsRT tweeted: “This tweet is becoming a weekly highlight. First time #SAFC have had a settled XI since... well...”

@LadSunder added: “Flanagan replaced by Wright on the bench. Seems harsh”

@Rowan4533 joked: “3-0 alim ozturk hatrick up the lads”

@hamftm said: “Flanagan obvs on his way”

And here’s the team news in full from the Stadium of Light:

Sunderland AFC XI: McLaughlin, Willis, Ozturk, Lynch, O'Nien, Hume, Power, Dobson, Gooch, Maguire, Wyke

Sunderland AFC subs: Burge, McLaughlin, Lafferty, McNulty, Watmore, Leadbitter, Wright