Rowell Report: Mignolet and Henderson to haunt Cats?

Gary Rowell, former Sunderland player and now Echo columnist
Gary Rowell, former Sunderland player and now Echo columnist
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FORMER Sunderland players Simon Mignolet and Jordan Henderson will in all probability be lining up against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

They both moved to Liverpool for big money, but personally I wish they were still at our club and I would have them back in an instant.

Henderson (pictured, right), when he first went to Liverpool, seemed to struggle and I think the £20million transfer fee Liverpool paid for him was a valuation he found difficult to live up to.

He seems to have won the fans over now though with consistently good performances and he’s a regular in Brendan Rodgers’ new-look side.

With all the ins and outs at the Stadium of Light over the summer, by far the biggest disappointment for me was the departure of Simon Mignolet.

Easily our best player last year, he won, or saved us so many points, and was the main reason we stayed up

I was hoping he would have one more season at Sunderland as he was still young, with so many seasons ahead of him but it wasn’t to be.

And Sunderland’s loss, is Liverpool’s gain.

Unlike Jordan, who took time to settle, Mignolet (pictured, right) has hit the ground running at Anfield, saving a penalty on his debut to make himself an instant hero.

Even though Mignolet was bought by Sunderland, I still feel he was moulded and developed into the player he is by his time on Wearside.

And of course local lad Jordan Henderson came through the academy system and is one of our own.

So two players who learned their trade on Wearside will be dangerous opponents to us and both will have an extra incentive to do well on Sunday.

I hope they don’t come back to haunt us at a vulnerable time for the club.