Still a chance Gordon may stay at Sunderland – Gary Rowell

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IT’S slightly bizarre that you could put forward arguments for team strengthening in just about every position in Sunderland’s squad, but when it comes to goalkeeping, we have an embarrassment of riches.

That was underlined when Craig Gordon appeared at the weekend making his first appearance since February 2011.

Gordon did very well and I’ve never doubted he is a top-class keeper.

But then Keiren Westwood has been excellent too – the amazing double save against Manchester United was the highlight of an impressive spell.

And I was reading over the weekend that Simon Mignolet has the highest percentage of clean sheets of any Sunderland goalkeeper with 10 or more top-flight appearances in the last 50 years.

It’s going to be a tough one for the manager because you can’t keep three international goalkeepers happy.

Injuries have helped in that direction this season, but it’s going to be a big problem, especially if they go through their rehab over the summer and all three are fit for duty.

It means a top-class keeper on the bench and one in the stands in his suit.

I know Gordon is out of contract this summer and favourite to leave, but I don’t think Martin O’Neill would have asked him to play at the weekend and demonstrate his form and fitness unless there was still the possibility that he might stay.

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