Poyet casts doubt on further loan departures from Sunderland

Connor Wickham, on loan at Sheffield Wednesday
Connor Wickham, on loan at Sheffield Wednesday
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GUS POYET is unlikely to sanction any further loan departures after seeing his Sunderland squad begin to be hit by injuries and suspensions.

Connor Wickham and David Vaughan both moved to the Championship on loan last week, joining Sheffield Wednesday and Blackpool respectively until January.

There has also been loan interest in midfielder Cabral, while fellow summer arrivals Modibo Diakite, David Moberg Karlsson, El-Hadji Ba and Charis Mavrias are all yet to feature under new head coach Poyet.

But after Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena both received three-match bans for their red cards at Hull City last weekend, and Ondrej Celustka and Emanuele Giaccherini sustained knocks in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup win over Southampton, Poyet will not risk leaving his options depleted.

Poyet told the Echo: “It’s going to be more difficult (to let anyone else go), for sure.

“But we’ve got plenty of bodies and the international break is coming up, so we’ll manage.”

Wickham, who spent a month on loan at Sheffield Wednesday last season, enjoyed a productive start to his second spell at Hillsborough last weekend when he netted in the Owls’ first victory of the campaign.

The 20-year-old, again left out of the England Under-21 squad yesterday for the upcoming internationals against Finland and San Marino, has made just nine Premier League starts since arriving in an £8million move from Ipswich in the summer of 2011.

Poyet is eager for Wickham to get more games under his belt and likens his situation to fellow England U21 international Wilfried Zaha, who has not made a top-flight appearance for Manchester United since his £15million move from Crystal Palace.

“Connor needs games,” added Poyet.

“I think he’s a player who when we saw him come in at Ipswich, when he was 17, he was impressive.

“It’s very difficult to predict when you have to move clubs, when it is time to make that step forward.

“You can put it on the player, or the family of the player – they will say to you (that they want to move) as soon as possible.

“If you depend on the (selling) club’s finances, they will say as soon as possible too.

“But the difficulty then is, at the end, he needs to play, wherever that is.

“I think perfection would be the new club continues paying (the wages), the old club gets the money and everything is right by the player and they’re playing as much as possible.

“I think it’s similar to Zaha at Man United.

“Look at what has happened to him this year, he’s hardly played and they’re talking about letting him go on loan.”

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